Global Studies’ interdisciplinary faculty consists of members from across the College of Liberal Arts. The program is led by a steering committee (listed below) that represents a cross-section of the fields that help comprise the global studies curriculum.

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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 at Temple University, where he also serves as Director of Temple’s new Global Studies Program and major. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995-2004) and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2000-2002) before coming to Temple. His research agenda focuses on the role of international institutions and international law in regional and global governance. His past research has examined the delegation of powers to the supranational organizations in the European Union, governance of the transatlantic relationship, the global regulation of genetically modified foods, and the “mainstreaming” of gender and environmental issues in international organizations. His current research includes a research project (with Jeffrey Dunoff) on international judicial practices, as well as a forthcoming symposium (in the International Journal of Constitutional Law) and a book project on the United States’ ambivalent support for international law. Prof. Pollack is the author of The Engines of European Integration: Delegation, Agency and Agenda Setting in the EU (Oxford University Press, 2003), and co-author (with Gregory C. Shaffer) of When Cooperation Fails: The Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (Oxford University Press, May 2009).

He is also editor or co-editor of eight books, including most recently Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (with Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Policy-Making in the European Union, 7th edition (with Helen Wallace and Alasdair Young, Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also published in a number of leading political science and law journals, including International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Organizations, Annual Review of Political Science, European Political Science, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative European Politics, West European Politics, Boston College Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, American University International Law Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Feminist Legal Studies. At Temple, he teaches courses on International Relations, International Law, Ethics and International Relations, the European Union, and the brand-new Introduction to Global Studies course.

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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)

My research interests are in U.S. foreign relations, transnational culture and gender history. I am 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. I just completed a book manuscript on the global discourse on peace during the early cold war, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.  My research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University, and the Center of Advanced Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.

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Priya Joshi


Priya Joshi is 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. with distinction in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. 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). Her research has appeared in Book History, South Asian Popular Culture, Yearbook of English Studies, The Novel (ed. Franco Moretti), and A History of the Indian Novel in English (ed. Ulka Anjaria).

Professor Joshi is currently writing a book that rethinks the theory of the novel based on anti-literary forms such as detective and pulp fictions produced outside the metropolis. In addition, she is completing a series of essays on nomenclature and literary history of which “Globalizing Victorian Studies” has appeared (2011). In 2014-15, Priya Joshi chaired the MLA’s Executive Committee of the Division of Twentieth- and Twentieth-Century English Literature to which she is an elected member (2012-17). She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the History of the Authorship, Reading and Publishing (2008-13).

Professor Joshi’s research has been supported by extramural grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for Indian Studies, and humanities centers at Penn, Temple, and the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Temple in 2005, Joshi was tenured Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught since 1995.

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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

I am graduate student in the Political Science PhD program at Temple University.  I am currently completing my dissertation which looks at the role of recognition in international politics and law.  I am currently the Assistant Director of Global Studies, a new interdisciplinary program at Temple and a contributing analyst at Wikistrat.  In addition to that, I work as Orfeo Fioretos’ research assistant, helping to complete two edited volumes for Oxford University Press.  I have previously been 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 of record at Temple University as well as Philadelphia University.

This fall semester, I am teaching Introduction to Global Studies.

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Damien Stankiewicz

Assistant Professor

Damien’s 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 (UToronto Press, forthcoming) examines how staff at ARTE—a self-consciously trans-national 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.  Damien received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago (2003), and his Certificate in Culture and Media (2006) and Ph.D. (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 Dept. of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies.  She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. 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

Assistant 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.