The Global Studies Program draws on the research and teaching expertise of over 100 faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts. The program is administered by its Director, Mark Pollack, and Assistant Director, Danielle K. Scherer, advised by a rotating, interdepartmental Steering Committee, and supported by affiliated faculty from around the College.

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Mark A. Pollack

Professor & Director of the Global Studies Program

Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration Studies, as well as Director of Global Studies. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1995 and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy before coming to Temple. His research focuses on the role of international institutions and international law in regional and global governance. He is the author of two books and editor or coeditor of eight others, including most recently Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Policy-Making in the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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Mohsen Fardmanesh

Associate Professor

Dr. Mohsen Fardmanesh joined the economics department at Temple after completing his graduate studies at Yale University. He has taught various courses in international economics, macroeconomics, and managerial economics, and has been the recipient of the Musser Award for Excellence in Teaching and of the Andrisani/Frank Outstanding Teacher Award. His research has focused on external shocks and structural adjustments, transition economics, dynamics of parallel foreign exchange markets, fiscal activities and economic growth, political economy of budget cuts, and financial instability. He has published in, among others, the Journal of Development Economics, Review of Development Economics, World Development, Eastern Economic Journal, Public Choice, Economics and Politics, and the Yale Economic Growth Center Paper Series. He has been a visiting research scholar at Yale and a research consultant at The World Bank.

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Petra Goedde

Associate Professor & Associate Director, CHAT (Center for the Humanities at Temple)

Petra Goedde is Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Her research interests are in U.S. foreign relations, transnational culture and gender history. She is the author of GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949 (Yale 2003), and articles on U.S foreign relations and the globalization of American culture. She just completed a book manuscript on the global discourse on peace during the early cold war, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

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Jonathan Holmquist

Associate Professor 

Jonathan Holmquist is a Spanish sociolinguist with particular research interests that include language and gender, theoretical issues in Spanish phonology and syntax, and language contact. His research has drawn on community based studies in Cantabria, in northern, and in central Puerto Rico. His most recent research has allowed him to extend his work to another geographical area, the “altiplano” in the region of Chimaltenango, in Guatemala. Under a Temple University Seed Grant Award and also an Internationalization Grant from Temple, Professor Holmquist is working on a collaborative project with Dr. Hana Muzika Kahn (also from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese), combining their backgrounds in sociolinguistics and comparative literature to study language contact in a bilingual community where Spanish and Kaqchikel Maya are spoken. The foci are both the sociolinguistics of language contact in the community and oral narrative traditions in Spanish and Kaqchikel.

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Priya Joshi


Priya Joshi is a Professor of English at Temple University and, for 2016-17, Director of the “Narratives of Global Culture” series sponsored by the Global Studies Program. She is a scholar of narrative who publishes on the history and theory of the novel and, more recently, on Bollywood cinema. Joshi works in the areas of book history, the sociology of culture, and postcolonial modernities from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. She received the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and prior to joining Temple, she was at the University of California, Berkeley. Joshi is the author of In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India (Columbia UP, 2002 and Oxford UP, 2003), which received the MLA’s Prize for the Best First Book, the Sonia Rudikoff Prize for Best First Book in Victorian Studies, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title; Bollywood’s India: A Public Fantasy (Columbia UP, 2015); and co-editor of The 1970s and its Legacies in India’s Cinemas (Routledge 2014).

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Terry Rey

Associate Professor

Educated at universities on four continents, and having lived ten years of his adult life in Zaire and Haiti, Professor Rey specializes in the anthropology and history of African and African diasporic religions. His current research projects focus on violence and religion in Central African and Haitian history. Through it all, he maintains a keen interest in the work and influence of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Dr. Rey is the 2008 recipient of the Eleanor Hofkin Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Liberal Arts and a 2011 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education.

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Danielle K. Scherer

Assistant Director

Danielle K. Scherer is the Assistant Director of Global Studies and a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science. Her research looks at the role of recognition in international politics and law. In addition to teaching the introductory course for the program, she serves as the academic advisor for Global Studies majors and minors. She is also a contributing analyst at Wikistrat and has served as a Graduate Fellow with the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University, a Senior Scholar Fellow with the Center for Humanities at Temple, the senior staff member of the graduate student union, and an instructor at Philadelphia University.

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Damien Stankiewicz

Assistant Professor

Damien Stankiewicz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. His research examines ongoing mutations of national and trans-national identity in Western Europe, and especially France and Germany. As a visual anthropologist and anthropologist of media, his research focuses especially on the role that mass media play in (re)configurations of belonging and “culture,” as the nation-state vacillates between Europeanization, globalization, and reconsolidation. His first book (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming) examines how staff at ARTE—a self-consciously transnational television channel located on the French-German border—went about crafting media intended to promulgate a trans-border and pan-European culture. His second project focuses on the uses of media, and especially new media, by far-right nationalist political parties in Europe. Stankiewicz received his BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago (2003), and his Certificate in Culture and Media (2006) and PhD (2011) from New York University.

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Barbara Thornbury

 Professor of Japanese

Barbara Thornbury is a professor and director of the Japanese program in the Deptartment of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies.  She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA and PhD from the University of British Columbia.  The author of three books and a number of journal articles and book chapters, she is currently working on research projects related to Japanese literature and film.

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Lu Zhang

Associate Professor 

My research and teaching concentrate on globalization, labor and labor movements, development, and the political economy of China and East Asia. More specifically, I am interested in the dynamism of global capitalism and the ways in which its transformations are reshaping the nature and landscape of work and employment, producing divergent forms of oppression and resistance, and recurrently creating its own crises at global, national, local, and shop-floor levels. Within this agenda, I have been pursuing four projects at the intersection of labor, globalization, and development studies: (1) labor politics and worker resistance in the Chinese automobile industry and in China more generally, along with the massive inflow of global capital and the particular approach of the Chinese state; (2) precarious work and politics of labor regulation in China through an exemplary case of temporary agency work; (3) how the movements of capital interact with labor politics and local development through a comparative case study of the global electronics industry from China’s coastal region to its interior and to Vietnam; and (4) China’s role in transnational regulation of labor standards.

My first book, Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2015), explores the current conditions, subjectivity, and collective actions of autoworkers in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automobile manufacturing nation. Based on years of fieldwork and extensive interviews conducted at seven large auto factories in various regions of China, the book provides an inside look at the daily factory life of autoworkers and a deeper understanding of the roots of rising labor unrest in the auto industry. By combining empirical material with a multilayered analysis that moves from the shop floor to the national political economy and global industry dynamics, I develop a dynamic framework for understanding how labor relations in the auto industry and broader social economy can be expected to develop in China in the coming decades. The book has received two awards from the American Sociological Association, and has been reviewed favorably in leading sociology, labor, China and Asian studies, and social history journals.

I am currently working on my second book project, which explores how the movements of capital interact with labor politics and local development through a comparative case study of the global electronics industry from China’s coastal region to its interior and to Vietnam. I received a B.A. in Sociology from Fudan University (China), a M.A. in Sociology from University of Warwick (UK) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University (US) in 2010. I joined Temple in 2011 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University at the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business.