INTS faculty are so excited for the return to in-person instruction!
We are proud to offer some new courses, including Introduction to African Studies, taught by Dr. Murrell Brooks, Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies, taught by Dr. Fatima Rahman, and Introduction to Asian American Studies, taught by Dr. Jeannie Shinozuka. To help students prepare their schedules, please see the Fall 2021 INTS course schedule below!
INTS Professor and interim Dean of Faculty Dr. Michael Weiner has published a new Handbook on Race and Ethnicity in Asia. The landmark 28 chapter volume brings together experts from around the world, including contributions by Dr. Weiner as well as Soka faculty Dr. Ted Lowe and Dr. Shane Barter. Congratulations, Michael!
INTS faculty members Dr. Lisa MacLeod and Dr. Shane Barter have each published chapters in a new book, Signature Pedagogies in International Relations (edited by Jan Lüdert, Bristil: E-International Relations). The book is an open-source volume that examines the key teaching styles and strategies of those teaching international relations and international studies. The book is available for download here: https://www.e-ir.info/publication/signature-pedagogies-in-international-relations/
On Thursday, 01 April 2021, INTS hosted an event with Ecuadorian Presidential front-runner, Andrés Arauz. Interviewed by Dr. Max Cameron (University of British Columbia), Mr. Arauz discussed Ecuador’s economy, indigenous politics and the left, covid responses, relations with the United States, the legacy of Correa, media freedom, and more. The event was chaired by Melissa Rogers (Claremont Graduate University), which co-hosted the event.
Dr. Dongyoun Hwang’s new book, co-edited with George O. Totten III, is about to be released (June). Authored by Kim San and Nym Wales (Helen Foster Snow), Song of Arirang: The Story of a Korean Revolutionary in China was originally published in 1941 as a biography of a Korean revolutionary. See a recent review in the New York Review of Books: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/12/17/kim-san-korea-patriot-revolutionary/ or purchase here.
INTS students Nini Vo (2021) and Shunji Fueki (2021) have both co-authored book reviews related to their Capstone work. Congratulations to Nini and Shunji!
Nini Vo worked with INTS Director Shane Barter to publish a review of Minjeong Kim’s Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and Multiculturalism in Rural South Korea (University of Hawaii, 2018). Their review appears in Asian Journal of Social Science 48:5-6.
Shunji Fueki worked with Shane Barter to publish a review of Koji Nakakita’s The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan: The Realities of Power (Routledge 2020). Their review appears with newbooksasia at Leiden University.
INTS is pleased to welcome Shane Barter as new Director. He carries on the work of Ian Read before him (and Lisa MacLeod before him!), so that he may focus his attention on the SUA Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Human Rights. Thank you, Ian, for your service as Director!
Dr. Ian Read has published a new co-edited book, The Shapes of Epidemics and Global Disease. Published by Cambridge Scholars publishing and co-edited with Andrea Patterson (Cal State Fullerton), the book features chapters by several SUA faculty members (including Lisa Crummet, Xiaoxing Liu, Ted Lower, and Michael Weiner) along with other leasing scholars.
Congratulations to Ian and his collaborators for this timely new book!
Four INTS / SUA alumni and INTS faculty member Shane Barter have published a new book chapter, “State Religious Violence”, as part of Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World, a two-volume set edited by Michael Jerryson. The 80 page chapter features entries on dozens of religious conflicts, with entries authored with Jaroslav Zapletal (2018), Amanda Boralessa (2018), Vasko Yorgov (2019), and Mahesh Kushwaha (2019).
On February 7th – 9th 2020, Moses Addai (Class of 2022), Mary Amde (2020), Bikash Gupta (2020), and Thuy Le (2022) participated in a student-led policy competition to write and present a one-page policy brief on “Natural Disasters Response and Management in the Caribbean”. The competition encouraged students to be in the position of policymakers who had limited resources and time to create solutions for complex issues.
After the topic was announced, students had 12 hours to develop an innovative and feasible policy memo to present to a group of policy experts. “Even though the topic was not what we expected, it allowed us an opportunity to learn about the Caribbean and the challenge the region faces” (Moses Addai). “We decided to take an interdisciplinary approach and incorporate each of our unique ideas. Although this decision would later become the main criticism we received from judges, I believe it was what made our policy memo stand out.” (Mary Amde). “I learned that strong leadership was essential for the success of teamwork. A great leader should have the ability to coordinate different ideas and maintain a calm disposition even in the most stressful situations.” (Thuy Le). “By participating in the competition, I was able to learn more about myself, my strengths and my weaknesses, and envision actionable ways by which I could evolve into a better researcher and policymaker.” (Bikash Gupta).