Our Mission

The Center for International Studies (CIS) is an interdisciplinary research center located at the University of Chicago. Through its faculty research projects and public programs, CIS works to advance scholarship and understanding on issues of global importance.

Founded in 1966 and housed in the Division of the Social Sciences, CIS coordinates and supports wide range of interdisciplinary research projects, including:

In conjunction with these projects, CIS organizes a robust slate of public and scholarly events designed to share research with audiences on campus, in Chicago, and beyond.

A project incubator, CIS provides crucial administrative support to innovative research programs and curricular development. Past projects supported by CIS include: the Human Rights Program (now the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights), the Undergraduate Program in International Studies (now the Global Studies Program), the Joint Threat Anticipation Center, the Globalization Project, and the Transnationalism Project. CIS continues as the institutional home of Committee on South Asian Studies. CIS also hosts its annual Norman Wait Harris Fund Competition to provide seed funding to University students and faculty to pursue scholarly workshops and conferences.

As a University area center, CIS works closely with its peer centers: the Centers for East Asian Studies; East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies; Latin American Studies; Middle Eastern Studies, and the South Asian Language and Area Center.

For more information on allied units that contribute to the University’s international profile, please visit the Office of Global Engagement.


Projects & Programs Supported by CIS

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Our Collective

Mark T. Lycett

Mark Lycett holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. His current interests focus on the historical anthropology and social ecology of colonial landscape formation in Latin America, western North America, and South Asia. He has directed the Program on the Global Environment since its launch in 2007.

Andrew Graan

Andrew Graan earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.  He has taught at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Chicago. His research in the Republic of Macedonia develops a sociocultural and linguistic anthropological approach to the study of political communication and transnational governance.

Gregory Collins

Gregory Collins received his B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University. His previous experience includes lecturing at the Pennsylvania State University and serving as the  Executive Administrator of the Austin Film Society.

Thomas Gaulkin

Thomas Gaulkin received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before joining the Center for International Studies he producedWorldview, Chicago Public Radio’s daily global affairs program.

Madeleine McLeester

Madeleine McLeester is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University.  Her research investigates human-environment interaction in the Calumet Region form approximately A.D. 1500 -1800.  Her theoretical interests include landscape, political ecology, and colonialism.

Student Assistants 2015-2016

  • Isabelle Canaan
  • Amelia Clements
  • Enkhmend Gereltogtokh
  • Fadi Hakim
  • Aurna Hasnie
  • Alex Jung