Every program and department at IU is governed by its faculty. The director and staff simply administer programs at the behest of the program faculty. Because International Studies is an interdisciplinary major with no faculty, our program is governed by our Internal Advisory Board. The members of the 2012-2013 Board are:
Michael Alexeev is Professor of Economics and received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1984. Dr. Alexeev’s research and teaching interests lie mostly in the fields of comparative economics and economics of transition from a Soviet-type economy to a market economy. Recently, his interests have expanded to comparative analysis of institutions in law and economics. In studying the economics of transition, Dr. Alexeev concentrates on the behavior of various economic agents (enterprise managers, consumers, and government officials), paying special attention to informal aspects such as underground economic activities. Dr. Alexeev’s research has appeared in Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, and European Economic Review, as well as in comparative economics journals and edited volumes. Since early 1992 Dr. Alexeev, who is a native of Russia, has been actively participating in technical assistance programs targeting the former Soviet Union.
Purnima Bose is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Cultural Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Dr. Bose is a post-colonial scholar whose earlier work focused on British colonialism and the links between Irish and Indian feminists and nationalists in the first half of the twentieth century. In recent years her research interests have expanded to include globalization, the role of corporations in public life, and anti-globalization resistance with particular attention to the ways in which globalization shapes the Indian (U.S.) diaspora and its conception of identity and history. Her projects are united by attention to hegemonic structures on the one hand and activism on the other. While her formal training is in Comparative Literature, her scholarship is a mix of history, cultural studies, social movement theory and feminist analysis.
Gardner Bovingdon is Associate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2002. Dr. Bovingdon’s research interests include politics in contemporary Xinjiang, Taiwan, and Central Asia, state-sponsored nationalism in those regions, and theories of nationalism and ethnic conflict. His research has appeared in edited volumes as well as the journals Modern China, Twentieth Century China, and the East-West Center’s Policy Studies. His book, The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, was published by Columbia University Press in August 2010.
Stephanie DeBoer is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture, and holds a joint appointment with the International Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2007. Dr. DeBoer's research interests include Japanese and Chinese language film and media, inter-Asia cultural studies, global or transnational media studies and digital media in the context of globalization. Her research has appeared in English and Japanese language edited volumes as well as journals such as Spectator and Culture, Theory & Critique. Her book, Co-production and the New Asia: Reconfiguring Regional Film, Media, Location is forthcoming.
Kevin Jaques has taught at IU since 2001 after completing his Ph.D. in Emory University’s West and South Asian Religions program. He is interested in medieval Muslim biography, especially Tabaqat literature, and the rhetorical methods used by authors to shape their histories of the development of religious-intellectual disciplines, especially Islamic law and theology.
Hilary Kahn is director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and adjunct professor of Anthropology. As Director, she oversees and initiates programs and projects involved in the deeper internationalization of Indiana University and encourages innovative research and interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Global Studies. She is also the Director of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies and leads the Framing the Global Project (with IU Press) and the Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective Project. Her areas of interest and expertise include global teaching and learning, visual anthropology, human rights, the anthropology of art, transnational identities, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Her book "Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Guatemala and Beyond" was published by University of Texas Press in 2006. She is currently editing a collection of essays for Indiana University Press about innovative approaches to global scholarship.
Padraic Kenney is Professor of History and Director of the Polish Studies Center and of the Russian and East European Institute. His published work has heretofore focused on Communist and postcommunist Poland and Central Europe, including A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989 (2002) and 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End (2010). He is currently writing a book on political incarceration in the modern world.
Kristine Lindemann is Senior Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned pher Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at IU, and she teaches in that department when time allows. Currently not actively engaged in reserach, she focuses her attention on undergraduate students and the education they (need to) receive. Her most recent international travels were to Seoul to discuss an undergraduate partnership (and interview applicants) as well as Prague (vacation as well as onsite evaluation of CIEE Center there).
Benjamin Robinson is Associate Professor of German and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Germanic Studies Department. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford University in 1997. His book, The Skin of the System: On Germany's Socialist Modernity (Stanford 2009), concerns socialism as a characteristic movement of developed economies. His current research focuses on signs of global modernity--statistics, mass demonstrations, spectacles, break downs--that function as indicators of systemic social phenomena. He teaches courses on contemporary German culture as well as the global commons (from pastoral to internet commons).
Kathleen Sideli, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President for Overseas Study at Indiana University. Her active career includes teaching for 25 years in IU-Bloomington’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese; contributions to three editions of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisors and Administrators; chair of NAFSA’s Section on U.S. Students Abroad (1999-00); chair of the IIE/SECUSSA Data Collection Committee (1999-2003); former chair of the Board of Directors and founding president of the Forum on Education Abroad (2001-2011); past chair, member of CIEE's Academic Consortium Board (2002-2010); member of CIEE Board of Directors (2012-2016) and trustee of Molloy College (2007-present).