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Apply to Fulbright!

May 3, 2022

Fulbright can help you pursue a master’s or PhD, conduct research abroad, or teach English in a foreign country. Multiple International Studies students have earned Fulbright’s over the last few years. Dr. Susan Meyers, Faculty Advisor for the Fulbright Program, helps students learning more about the program and supporting them in their application process. Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Meyers.

Susan Meyers

Dr. Susan Meyers is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program. She teaches grant and professional writing, travel writing, women’s voices, oral history, and writing for social change.

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International Studies Alumni Panel on May 03, 2022


Panelists will include:

- Sara Haugen (2015): Giving Coordinator, Peninsula Open Space Trust

- Rachael Hill (2019): Assistant, VillageReach

- Emily Kawahigashi (2017): Attorney, Housing Justice Project

- Frank So (2000): Senior Advisor, USAID

- Hope Tucker (2018): Fiscal Supervisor, Catholic Charities Hawaii

- Doni Uyeno (2018): Development Coordinator, Global Washington


Eurovison Contest Event notification

Pop culture meets geo-politics: Eurovision Song Contest semi-final 2

Drop by to watch the collision of pop culture and geopolitics for the second semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 

Eurovision began in 1956 to bring the countries of war-torn Europe together through a common love of music—while also competing in a "friendly" musical battle among nations. This year, as war again rages in Europe, how will geopolitics show up in a technically “nonpolitical” song competition? 

Now in its 66th year, Eurovision is the most watched TV entertainment show in the world, featuring 40 countries from Iceland to Israel and Portugal to Azerbaijan – plus Australia. 

Bring your lunch (and all your Eurovision questions) and join students, staff, and faculty to watch the second semi-final live from Turin, Italy, where 18 nations compete for 10 places in Saturday’s Grand Final.

Stay for as much or as little as you like. The show itself starts at noon PST.

Co-sponsored by the International Student Center and International Studies.

For more information, contact Dr Green at

Dr. Robinson Publishes The Routledge Global History of Feminism 

March 7, 2022

Nova Robinson


Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of International Studies and History. She teaches Women and Gender in the Middle East, Human Rights in Modern World, Workshop in World History, The Arab-Israeli conflict, Women's Rights as Human Rights, History of the Modern Middle East, and US & the Middle East since 1776.

You can access the e-book in the Lemieux Library Collection by following this link:

Publication Announcement for The Routledge Global History of Feminism

Open Forum on Ukraine, March 1, 5:00-6:00 pm

February 28, 2022

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Co-sponsored by the History, International Studies and Political Science Departments, this is an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and share insights about the rapidly unfolding events in Ukraine.

Majd Baniodeh '11 is a Senior Associate Director at APCO Worldwide based in Seattle

February 23, 2022

Majd Baniodeh has accepted a position as a Senior Associate Director at APCO Worldwide based in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in the intersection of social impact and social justice and is a member of the firm’s Sustainability & Social Impact team. Ms. Baniodeh credits the INST program with shaping her understanding of the world and developing her ability to evaluate complex international issues.   

Ms. Baniodeh holds a master’s degree in Applied International Studies from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Seattle University. She was born and raised in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and speaks Arabic, English and French.


Majd Baniodeh, Senior Associate Director at APCO Worldwide

Cosgrove & Curtis Understanding Global Poverty - 2nd Edition

January 26, 2022

Dr. Cosgrove  is an Associate Professor, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, and Coordinator of the Central America Initiative. She teaches Conflict and Revolution in Central America, Research Methods, World Geography, and Honors Thesis Seminar in the INST program.

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Gorton Leaders Program Awards

January 20, 2022

The Gorton Leaders Program provides the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with foreign policy experts and program alumni, focusing on policy issues relating to democracy and China, national security, and innovation, technology, and intellectual property. Hannah Riedel and Kyle Thompson were selected as 2022 Gorton Leaders Program fellows.  Hannah is looking forward to strengthening her analytical skills and passions surrounding international policy, while also learning from others who have similar interests in foreign policy issues.

2022 Gorton Leaders Program Fellows

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Hannah Riedel, Senior

Kyle Thompson - Gorton Leaders Program

Kyle Thompson, Junior

Annie Jamison '20 is participating in TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) for a second year

January 10, 2022

Annie Jamison with building in background

This is Annie's second year working in the TAPIF program.  Last year she was located in Toulouse and now she is working in Aix-en-Provence. She reports that she really enjoys working with French high schooler students because every day involves a mutual exchange of cultures. Annie is also working as a freelance translator on an interdisciplinary book about contemporary Marseille where she currently lives.  After her study abroad experience, which included travel  in Morocco, Annie translated a Moroccan poetry collection which was published last fall (September 2021 with LIthic Press).

Dr. David Green - Endowed Mission Fund Awardee 2021

December 14, 2021

Dr. David Green, Center for Faculty Development - Ignatian Pedagogy Series

The Endowed Mission Fund, established in 2001, provides grants to faculty and staff who develop creative ideas to integrate the Jesuit Catholic Mission of Seattle University into their scholarship, teaching and professional endeavors through mission-related programs, projects, research, and trainings.

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Dr. Felipe Murtinho has new article published in the journal Nature Sustainability

November 29, 2021

Dr. Hayes and Dr. Murtinho have published an article in the journal Nature Sustainability. The article looks at the effectiveness of payments made to indigenous communities in Ecuador on the conditions that they conserve their ecosystems so as to provide carbon offsets, watershed protection, and biodiversity conservation. The study examines what happens when payments start, and also, when they unexpectedly stop.

This article in the prestigious Nature Journal is the culmination of 10 years of research on the part of Drs. Hayes and Murtinho.  It is based on research they conducted under two National Science Foundation grants. Read more how they involve SU students in their research projects.


Dr. Murtinho with members of an indigenous community in Ecuador

Dr. Murtinho is an Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies program. He teaches Research Methods and World Geography in the INST program. Dr. Hayes is a Professor and the director of the Environmental Studies program.

INST Student Council 2021-2022

November 19, 2021

Please welcome the 2020-21 International Studies Student Council. The goal of the Student Council is to facilitate a fluent communication between the International Studies program and its students. The Student Council will meet with Faculty to talk about the INST curriculum, how to promote the program, and events to build INST community among other important topics for the program.

2021-2022 INST Student Council

Isabelle Halaka

Izzy Halaka, Senior

INST Student Council Member

Erick Lake

Erick Lake, Senior

INST Student EC representative

Johannah Twa

Johannah Twa, Senior

INST Student Council Member

Serena Cosgrove

Dr. Serena Cosgrove is the 2020-2021 Recipient of the Provost's Award for Outstanding Service for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

November 5, 2021

Professor Serena Cosgrove has served as Faculty Coordinator of the Central America Initiative since 2014, the Faculty Fulbright Program Advisor from 2011-2019 and was selected as the Director of the Latin American Studies Program beginning in 2018. Dr. Cosgrove also serves Seattle University as a member of the editorial committee of the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ), the College of Global Affairs Committee, the Common Text Selection Committee, the College Curriculum Committee and as faculty editor for the SUURJ. In addition, Dr. Cosgrove is a valued member of the International Studies Program and is also the program’s leader in recruitment and retention efforts, organizing events for current and prospective students.

October 20, 2021

Professor Audrey Hudgins, with students Hallie Evans and Craig Verniest, collaborated with Fundación Esperanza de Mexico (FEM) on a Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPR) project in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Find out more here.

Audrey Hudgins Hallie Evans

The project was funded by a College of Arts & Sciences Student Assistantship. 

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Plan your Study Abroad! Come to an info session prepared for INST students. Learn about the types of study abroad, financing, and the application process.

When:  Monday, October 18th from 3:40-4:10pm

Where:  See INST Weekly Memo for Zoom link


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Enjoy a variety of globally-inspired street food, live music, henna, global crafts, and enter to win travel-related prizes. Learn about opportunities to study, intern, or volunteer abroad and meet with student clubs and campus departments offering global-local experiences right here in Seattle! 


Congratulations to 2020 International Studies Graduates Published in SUURJ

September 20, 2021

Colleen Cronnelly

 Colleen Cronnelly '20, INSTR Major and BUAD & Arabic Minors

My research offers an analysis of educational accessibility in King County for refugees from the African nation of Somalia, which is the provenance of the largest refugee population in the area.

 At Home in King County: Educational Access in King County for Adult Somali Refugees


 Monica Mckeown

Monica McKeown '20, SPAN/INSTR Majors and EVST & LAST Minors.

My article outlines an entry point for assessing the sustainability of ecotourism by reviewing case studies in Costa Rica and proposing a new set of criteria for assessment.

Entry Point for Assessing Sustainability in Ecotourism: Insights From Costa Rica


International Studies Honors Theses Now Available Online

July 7, 2012

Lemieux Library

Interested in learning more about the type of work that INST Honors students do? You can download their honors theses from the library website.

Isabelle Halaka Naef Scholarship winner

Isabelle Halaka - Naef Scholarship Recipient 2021-2022

June 21, 2021

Isabelle had this to say, "I am very grateful to be a recipient of the Naef Scholarship! I am looking forward to collaborating with other students in the cohort to find ways that our various passions for social justice intersect."  

The Naef Scholarship recognizes outstanding junior and senior students from diverse backgrounds in the undergraduate schools and programs of the University. The scholars hold endorsements from faculty and staff across the university and have been recognized for their work on and off campus and their leadership.

Audrey Akots Receives Noel J. Brown award

June 7, 2021

Audrey graduates with an International Studies major and Economics and Women and Gender Studies minors. She is both a University Honors graduate and a Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship awardee, as well as an International Studies Student Council member.  Audrey will be spending next year doing service with AmeriCorps' FEMA Corps (June 2021-July 2022).

The International Studies Department’s Noel Brown Award is named in honor of Noel J. Brown, graduate of Seattle University and Yale University and retired director of the United Nations Environment Program. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major. 

Audrey Akots - Winner of Noel Brown Award

Class of 2021 Graduation Celebration Announcement


Interested in a career in human rights policy or law?


Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. PT for a conversation with Nicolette Waldman, a human rights investigator with Amnesty International.

Please contact with any questions. 

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Book Launch for Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City

Join authors Serena Cosgrove, Jose Idiaquez, Leonard Joseph Bent, and Andrew Gorvetzian as they shed light on what it means to be Garifuna today, particularly in Nicaragua.  They will read from the book and talk about the process of researching and writing a book as an international research team based in different countries.

Thursday, May 20 from 12:30 to 1:45pm Webinar



Book cover - Surviving the Americas

Rachel Adamek 2021 Fulbright Recipient

Rachel Adamek -Fulbright Scholarship to Study in South Korea

May 10, 2021

The INST program has been such a strong inspiration for me and has encouraged me to foster global understanding and connection mindfully and holistically. My professors and peers have really helped me identify my passion for international policy and education. They have been such a priceless source of support for me during every stage of the Fulbright process: the brainstorming, drafting, and the long wait for results. I can't wait to represent SU abroad and to continue my journey to becoming a global citizen!


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Miriam Miranda, Garifuna leader from Honduras, will discuss the ongoing struggle of Garifuna communities

Miriam Miranda, a human rights advocate and leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), speaks about the challenges facing the Garifuna communities.  In mid-2020, five Garifuna land defenders from the community of Triunfo de la Cruz were disappeared and haven’t been heard from since.

May 13 from 1:30-2:45pm Webinar

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International Studies Alumni Panel on May 13, 2021


Panelists will include:

- Kraig Cook ‘11: Vice Consul, Krakow, Poland.

- Danielle Winslow ‘12: Program Manager, Mother Nation

- Cilia Jurdy ‘16: Development Director, Food Empowerment Education & Sustainability Team

- Emi Montenegro ‘19: Immigration Paralegal, The Door

- Hillary Sturgeon ‘19: Operations Coordinator, Casa Marianella

When: May 13 at 1:30pm. Zoom meeting ID: 924 6602 3382  

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Kyle Thompson - Boren Scholarship Recipient

April 26, 2021

With the Boren Award, Kyle plans to pursue an intensive Chinese language program in Taipei, Taiwan from August 2021 to June 2022. During his time abroad he hopes to immerse himself in the Taiwanese culture to gain a deeper understanding of the countries political and economic systems. 

Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for US students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.




Drs Zhang and Jain Event 4-21-21

Virtual Public Event: "The Imperative of the Geopsychology Theory in International Relations in the Violence-centric World Order"

  • Speaker: Dr. B. M. Jain, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, India
  • Moderator: Dr. Enyu Zhang, Associate Professor, International Studies, Seattle University
  • When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 9:20 AM-10:45 AM PDT, Zoom Meeting 999 1974 4232 or

Dr. Jain will talk about his new book  and introduce an innovative theoretical construct of geopsychology to navigate the complex dynamics of international politics in the 21st century. It argues that peace and stability in the troubled parts of the world warrants an imperative need for understanding psychological dispositions of non-state actors and authoritarian regimes. 

Dr. Robert Andolina has recently released a book chapter

March 29, 2021

Robert Andolina, PhD, recently releasedBridges and Border Walls by Robert Andolina a book chapter: “Argentina’s Enigmatic Wall on the Paraguayan Border,” in Andréanne Bissonnette and Élisabeth Vallet, Eds., Borders and Border Walls: In-Security, Symbolism, Vulnerabilities. This book addresses the recent evolution of borderlines around the world as an attempt to control transnational movements with a view to securitization of borders rooted in the need to control mobility and preserve national identities. It explores two main issues: how international borders have become enforced lines of demarcation and division, reinforcing national identity and impacting national and regional dynamics; and the material and immaterial, discursive and concrete expressions of borders and the impacts of the transformation of bodies into threat to be monitored, as daily lives become sites of border enforcement.

Dr. Andolina is an Associate ProfessorRobert Andolina Ph.D in the International Studies program. He teaches several classes in the INST program, including Introduction to International Studies, International Studies Honors Seminar, US-Latin American Relations and Latin American Politics.




 Dr. Nova Robinson - 2021-2022 Recipient of an ICTC Faculty Research Fellowship

March 11, 2021

The “woman question,” whether women deserved rights, and, if yes, which ones, led to animated debates at the League among delegations and between the elite feminist activists from many countries who gathered in Geneva.Nova Robinson The ensuing debate often pitted US and Western European feminists against women’s rights activists from the colonized world. Another axis of debate was among secular and religious women’s organizations. With ICTC support, I will study St. Joan’s International Alliance’s imprint on the construction of international women’s rights norms. Unlike some of the major secular women’s organizations, St. Joan’s, a Catholic feminist organization, appears to have been a tireless advocate for representation from the colonized world. The research will be integrated into a larger book project The Woman Question: The League of Nations and the Shaping of the International Women’s Rights System.

 ICTC (Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture) Summer Faculty Research Fellowships support projects that advance the University’s Jesuit Catholic Mission.

Not sure where to study abroad? Have questions about the experience? Come join International Studies graduating seniors while they share and reflect on their study abroad and intercultural experiences in Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The event is part of Dr. Zhang's INST Senior Capstone and Honors Senior Capstone course.

When: January 28, 1:30-3:30pm (feel free to drop in and leave early)

RSVP: Please contact Reine Mages (

Congratulations to Dr. Serena Cosgove and Dr. Nova Robinson - 20-21 Student Assistantship Award Recipients

November 20, 2020

Dr. Serena Cosgrove 

Dr. Serena Cosgrove, International Studies, “Centering Marginalized Women’s Voices in the Democratic Republic of Congo”


Dr. Nova Robinson, History/International Studies/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, “Indexing the Routledge Global History of Feminism”


INST Student Council 2020-2021

October 28, 2020

Please welcome the 2020-21 International Studies Student Council. The goal of the Student Council is to facilitate a fluent communication between the International Studies program and its students. The Student Council will meet with Faculty to talk about the INST curriculum, how to promote the program, and events to build INST community among other important topics for the program.

Audrey Akots, Senior
INST Student Council Member

Audrey Akots, Senior

Erick Lake
INST Student Council Member

Erick Lake, Junior

Federico Gutierrez
INST Student Council Member

Federico Gutierrez, Sophomore

Josiane Djondo
INST Student Council Member

Josiane Djondo, Sophomore

Hallie Evans - Naef Scholarship Recipient 2020-2021

October 27, 2020

Hallie had this to say about receiving this award:

Being a Naef Scholar is an incredible honor! The program is a valuable experience in community building as it connects me with a wonderful and sincere group of students. I am privileged to be able to come to know such passionate people and merge our skills and initiatives to help one another in our various endeavors for social justice.

Naef Scholars are among the university’s very finest students. Made possible by an endowment from the estate of Sue M. Naef, the Naef Scholars Program recognizes outstanding junior and senior students from diverse backgrounds in the undergraduate schools and programs of the University. 

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Ariana Siddiqui Dennis -  Boren Scholarship Recipient

October 7, 2020

Ariana had this to say about her experience:  

As an Afghan American Muslim, studying abroad in Jordan was one of the closest opportunities I could have to visiting and living in a country with a culture similar to my own. The conflict Afghanistan has faced has produced innumerable problems for Afghans around the world, only one of which includes a sense of distance and disconnect for the diaspora communities. Being able to live in a Muslim majority country immersed in Arab culture that so closely parallels Afghan culture, allowed me to reconnect and learn more about my own identities. I formed a close community of people that I look forward to visiting again and again. 

Boren Scholarships fund study abroad for undergraduate students in world regions critical to US interests. 

Ariana Sid

Hope Tucker with group of students in Indonesia

Hope Tucker - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Indonesia

September 23, 2020

Hope Tucker is now a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) after serving in the West Java Province of Indonesia from September 2018-February 2020.  Hope had this to say about her experience: My favorite thing about my Peace Corps experience were my students. I taught English at an Islamic high school (grade 10-12) and the excitement to learn during each class is what motivated me to keep thinking of hands on and engaging activities to practice English. My main goal was to portray a more accurate vision of America to my students who mostly understood the United States through the lens of movies and social media platforms.

Rachel Adamek

Rachel Adamek - Critical Language Scholarship Awardee

August 24, 2020

Rachel Adamek spent the summer studying Korean in Busan, South Korea as an awardee of the 2019 U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. In 2019, Rachel was one of only 550 competitively selected American students representing 233 colleges and universities across the United States to receive a CLS award. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills in languages that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world, contributing to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.


Dr. Marc McLeod receives 2020 Outstanding Teacher Award

June 5, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Marc McLeod, the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. McLeod personifies Seattle University’s commitment to educating students. He willingly takes on numerous independent studies and supports University initiatives such as the Tijuana project because he believes in the mission of Seattle University and cares about students. As one of his former students says, "Prof. McLeod was incredible. One of the best professors I have ever had. I will be highly recommending his courses even with the 8 am meeting time."

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SU faculty member, Serena Cosgrove, and Rafael Landívar University (Guatemala) professor Marina Tzul Tzul

Dr. Serena Cosgrove receives Fulbright award to Guatemala  

May 6, 2020

Dr. Serena Cosgrove has been awarded a Fulbright award to teach and conduct research in Guatemala in 2021.

Pictured here with her co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Marina Tzul Tzul, in Santa María Chiquimula, Guatemala, Cosgrove plans to teach at the Rafael Landívar University in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and finish a research project with Dr. Tzul about Guatemalan women's leadership to end gender-based violence. The research project has involved multiple professors and students from Seattle University and the Rafael Landívar University over the past couple of years.

Students receive 2020 Noel J. Brown award

April 30, 2020

The International Studies Department’s Noel Brown Award is named in honor of Noel J. Brown, graduate of Seattle University and Yale University and retired director of the United Nations Environment Program. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major. This year it is shared by Monica McKeown, Andrew Orita, and Natalie Ramos.

Images of the three student recipients of the 2020 Noel J Brown award

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INST student, Michael Ninen, receives Fulbright assistantship award

May 15, 2019

Michael Ninen was awarded the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico. He will be graduating with Majors in International Studies and Spanish, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies. Michael hopes to incorporate a culturally responsive pedagogy in the classroom to establish a common-ground learning environment that serves all types of learners. Upon returning to the United States, he would like to aim for a career with the foreign service as a public diplomacy officer.


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