Research Centers

The Institute for Global Studies serves as the administrative platform for several internationally oriented research centers in the College of Liberal Arts. The following centers form the Collaborative for International Research Centers (CIRC). Collectively, these centers facilitate, sponsor, and collaborate on cross and interdisciplinary research on the broad subjects of their thematic foci and make possible scholarly interventions and explorations across departmental and disciplinary boundaries.

Centers that form the CIRC

African Studies Initiative (ASI), an African Studies NRC
Director: Professor Shaden Tagledin (cultural studies and comparative literature)
Email: asi@umn.edu
The African Studies Initiative (ASI) begins from the premise that the interactions among the various regions of Africa, as well as with the rest of the world, are critical to the scholarly enterprise. ASI engages methodological and theoretical issues common to scholars of literature, culture, and the social sciences globally, to explore themes such as race and ethnicity, urbanization and migration, modernity and modernism, transnationalism and globalization, representation and language.

Center for Austrian Studies (CAS)
Director: Professor Howard Louthan (history)
Email: casahy@umn.edu
The Center for Austrian Studies serves promotes  new scholarship about Austria and Central Europe across disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, the fine arts, and international business management. It connects scholars, students, and an international community to resources in Austria, Central Europe, the EU, and Minnesota. The Center reaches out to students, scholars, and the community, bringing an awareness of Austria and the new Europe and its relevance to American life and it enriches the teaching mission of the University and the College of Liberal Arts by connecting its research and outreach programs with classroom opportunities for students.

Center for Early Modern History (CEMH)
Director: Professor JB Shank (history)
Email: cemh@umn.edu
CEMH is a premier research, teaching, and resource center for studying the early modern world. The Center emphasizes a global and comparative approach and supports historical work drawing from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. CEMH collaborates with other centers and departments on interdisciplinary activities and graduate seminars, and seeks to create scholarly connections between the University of Minnesota and other institutions.

Center for German and European Studies (CGES)
Director: Professor James A. Parente, Jr. (German, Scandinavian & Dutch)
Email: cges@umn.edu
CGES is dedicated to educating the next generation of specialists in the interdisciplinary study of Germany and Europe by supporting the research and teaching of its affiliated faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, and sponsoring public fora to inform the professional and business community and the general public about current German and European issues.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS)
Director: Professor Alejandro Baer (global studies and sociology)
Email: chgs@umn.edu
CHGS provides premiere academic programs, fostering a community of students studying genocide and mass violence while cultivating the essential connection between scholarly inquiry, education and outreach to different sectors of society. Our work is motivated by the hope to inspire future generations to fight hatred and strengthen democracy, thus ensuring a more peaceful and just world.

Human Rights Program (HRP)
Director: Professor Barbara Frey (global studies)
Email: hrp@umn.edu
The Human Rights Program serves as a hub of interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach at the University of Minnesota in the field of human rights. The Human Rights Program has a threefold mission:

  • Advancing human rights scholarship through support for research and publications;
  • Educating the next generation of human rights scholars and professionals; and
  • Engaging with serious human rights issues through timely and meaningful projects, public programs and internships.

Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)
Director: Professor Erica Lee (history)
Email: ihrc@umn.edu
The IHRC promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world through monthly seminars and research grants. It connects US immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through our Immigrant Stories project. It advances public dialogue about immigration with timely programs that draw audiences from around the corner and around the world. It furthermore supports teaching and learning at all levels, and develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.

Center for Medieval Studies (CMS)
Director: Professor Michelle Hamilton (Spanish and Portuguese)
Email: cmedst@umn.edu
The Center seeks to provide an opportunity for scholars of all disciplines and at all levels to focus intensively on historical, literary, anthropological, social, economic, religious, legal, artistic, cultural, and methodological inquiries into the medieval period.

Modern Greek Studies Program (MGSP)
Director: Professor Thefanis Stavrou (history)
Email: mgsp@umn.edu
The Modern Greek Studies Program promotes study, research, and publications focusing on modern times from the Greek perspective. The Program coordinates course offerings, scholarly visits, graduate fellowships, and a series of publications.

Consortium for the Study of the Asias (CSA)
Director: Professor Vinay Gidwani (global studies and geography)
Email: csa@umn.edu
CSA begins from the premise that the interactions among the various regions of Asia (Western, Central, East, South, Southeast), as well as with the rest of the world, are critical to the scholarly enterprise. CSA engages methodological and theoretical issues common to scholars of literature, culture, and the social sciences globally, to explore themes such as race and ethnicity, urbanization and migration, transnationalism and globalization, representation and language.