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As the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center, Professor Amitav Acharya's academic interests cover Southeast Asia, multilateralism and global governance, and human security. Acharya recently received a grant from the One Earth Future Foundation to host a workshop in the fall of 2013 that will feature leading scholars from around the world tackling the pressing questions, “Why Govern?  The Strategic, Functional and Normative Imperatives of Global Governance.”  He will convene senior scholars from diverse theoretical perspectives in international relations to engage them in a multi-day discussion on the conceptual and policy implications of the demand-side of global governance. The participants will focus on current global challenges—specifically, climate change, global health and pandemics, armed violence, global civics, finance, refugees, human rights, humanitarian intervention, and information technology and social media.  In addition to the workshop, he expects to produce an edited volume and/or special issue of a leading academic journal and a policy report. He is a frequent commentator on Asian regionalism, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India. Acharya, who will assume the presidency of the International Studies Association next year, is the author and co-editor of several books, including Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order, Non-Western International Relations Theory, and The Making of Southeast Asia. Click here for more info.




Associate Professor Christine Chin’s research focuses on the political economy of transnational migration, gender studies, and intercultural relations. Her most recent book, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (Oxford University Press) demonstrates that as neoliberal economic policies create pathways connecting major cities throughout the world, competition and collaboration between cities creates new avenues for the movement of people, services, and goods. She is the author of two other books. In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian ‘Modernity’ Project (Columbia University Press), Chin examines why and how live-in domestic service performed by migrant women is key to the country's modernity project of creating a stable, developed, and multiethnic society. Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea (Ashgate) investigates the relationship between flag states, cruise lines, port communities, middle class consumers, and transnational migrant workers in the global expansion of cruise tourism. She is currently developing a historical structural framework for examining race, gender, and class relations in the global political economy. Click here for more info.




Assistant Professor Ji-Young Lee is a Korea and East Asia expert whose research interests include international relations theory, East Asian security and foreign policy (the Korean peninsula, China and Japan), the diplomatic history of East Asia and the nexus between international political economy and security. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the concept of hierarchy and the power of symbols in international relations with the empirical focus on the Chinese empire in early modern East Asia. Click here for more info.




Malini Ranganathan, who will join the school in Fall 2013 as an assistant professor, is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy strategic initiative at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign's Beckman Institute. A product of the PhD program from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, her research interests sit at the intersection of political ecology, urban geography, and cultural anthropology and encompass three main thematic areas: the political economy of market-oriented urban water reforms, collective action and the everyday state, and chronic flood vulnerability at the peri-urban interface. Ranganathan previously worked at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, the Asian Development Bank in Manila, ENDA-Tiers Monde in Dakar, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat. Click here for more info.