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DGA Strongly Represented at the 58th ISA Annual Convention

The Division of Global Affairs is pleased to report that 13 members of the DGA community attended the 58th International Studies Association Conference! 

Five doctoral students—Sabrina Axster, Wei-hao Huang, Lillian Hussong, Ryan Kearns, and Iuliia Kononenko—and two of our recent alumni - Dr. Elcin Haskoller and Dr. Michael Toomey - presented their papers and / or attended workshops. Faculty representation was equally as strong, with six faculty members presenting papers or participating in roundtables, including Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, Dr. Yale Ferguson, Dr. Alison Howell, Dr. Alex Hinton, Dr. Simon Reich, and Dr. Xun Xiang. 

Additionally, the International Studies Association honored Dr. Ferguson and his colleague Dr. Richard Mansbach this year with a Distinguished Scholar Panel. The ISA program description read: “Yale H. Ferguson & Richard W. Mansbach have, both individually and as a pair for more than 40 years, been crucial to the development of the field of Historical International Relations Their theoretical and historical explorations have been widely cited, and through their ceaseless enthusiasm and engagement, they have helped nurture future generations of scholars. In this panel, we honor them for both their professional and their personal importance.”

Meet our Students: Alumni Spotlight

This March, DGA reaches out to one of our recent alums, Sean Maguire, who is currently a trainee with the European Parliament (EP) in Washington D.C., to learn more about his life after DGA.

Sean applied for this position after networking with a DGA colloquium speaker: "I found out about my current position as a Robert Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament Liaison Office with U.S. Congress after Antoine Ripoll, the head of office, came and spoke at a DGA-sponsored colloquium. He was kind enough to pass on the information to PhD student Sabrina Axster who made the student body aware of the position."

Sean's responsibilities as an intern are diverse and include assisting one of the staff members in the field of EP internal policy by helping gather specific information for members of Parliament on salient issues transpiring in Washington that could affect transatlantic relationships, as well as to help schedule meetings with interlocutors and experts here in Washington for Parliament members. This entails frequently attending Committee hearings in Congress as well as events hosted by think tanks and NGOs and ongoing research on legislation and the federal regulation process.

Beyond that, Sean says: "Through my work I have gotten to meet some of the most fascinating people I have ever met as well as some of the most prominent. For example, I've listened to High Representative Federica Mogherini speak twice in one day and had lunch Klaus Welle, the Secretary Genral of the EP. The traineeship has truly opened my eyes to a new world of understanding politics as I not only see how two governments interact, but I get to be part of that interaction."


SAGA Corner

February has been busy for the SAGA executive board! SAGA's Valentine's Day Potluck was a big success, and we thank everyone who brought in delicious brownies, peanut butter cups, cinnamon buns, cakes, and other delicious treats.

On February 24, SAGA together with DGA organized the annual DGA UN visit. Students had the change to visit the United Nations and talk to UN staff and NGO representatives working with the organization. 

 We have more events coming up until the end of the semester:
  • Game night with pizza and soda, Wednesday, March 22
  • Roundtable with Dean Farmbry on "Global Migration Dilemma", Tuesday, March 28, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
  • General SAGA Meeting and Board Election, Wednesday, April 5 
  • International Food Festival, Wednesday, April 19 
  • Destress Fest, Last week of classes
SAGA is also holding elections for the next academic year. If you would like the opportunity to participate in your student government and help organize fun events on campus like the next global affairs conference or academic and social events, send us your nomination with a short blurb on what you can bring to the student body. You can also nominate a fellow DGA students. We will be filling the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, MS Rep and PhD Rep and will be accepting nominations until March 30, 2017. Elections will be held on April 5 or online. 
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Faculty Spotlight: DGA's Genocide expert Dr. Alexander Hinton

This month we used the opportunity to speak to DGA's very own genocide scholar Professor Alexander Hinton. He is Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark. He is also a past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (2011-13) and holds the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention.

How long have you been teaching at Rutgers and in the DGA program?
I arrived at Rutgers in 1998 following a post-doc at the University of Chicago. From the start, I was affiliated with the DGA (known then as the Center for Global Change and Governance). The program was just starting and there was a great deal of energy and excitement in the air. Indeed, the DGA/CGCG doctoral program was among the first focusing on global affairs at the time. It might even have been the first such program.
What is your primary area of research? 
My research focuses broadly on the origins, dynamics, and aftermaths of mass atrocity crimes, including issues ranging from global justice to perpetrator studies. I have been conducting anthropological fieldwork in Cambodia since the 1990s and continue to return there regularly. Last year I went there to testify as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest research activities (presentations, publications, travel, etc)?
Recently, I have given a number of talks related to my recently published book, Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer. I’m schedule to continue doing so into the Fall. This book is part of a two book project on the Khmer Rouge Tribunals and transitional justice, the second of which I completed during my sabbatical last semester. I’m working on two edited volumes even as I transition to my next research project on prevention. Meanwhile, I direct the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. We are just finishing a global project on “Rethinking Peace Studies” even as we begin a new on “Critical Transitional Justice” that is linked to our new focus on prevention.
What tips do you have for new DGA students? (This can be about research tips, study habits, work-life balance, etc).
Don’t take up a project because you think “I should” or someone pressures or tells you to do so. It’s a mistake that I have seen too many students make. Be bold. Take intellectual risks. And follow your scholarly passions.
2017 Global Affairs Conference
April 21, 2017, Express Newark

Planning for the Annual Global Affairs Conference, "Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs" is underway. SAGA is pleased to announce that they received 45 abstracts from students and early career scholars around the world! 

As the board continues to finalize conference logistics, we will reach out to the greater DGA student body to help volunteer on the day of the conference. If you'd like to volunteer, reach out to Check the conference page on the DGA website for more information and on how to get involved. 
Research Tip
Looking for a way to keep track of all your sources and the articles and book chapters you read. A reference manager can help you manage your bibliography and provide a space where you can upload, store and annotate your readings. There are a variety of reference managers available, including Mendeley or RefWorks. Some of them are free and others you can access through the Dana Library. The library also offers regular workshops on using reference managers. 

The newsletter lists recent publications and talks by DGA faculty and students: 

Laurie B. Cohen: Cohen, L. (2017) "Finding Global Justice Locally at Sites of Atrocity: The Case for the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center and Cemetery" in Murray, S. (ed.) Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing and Teaching GenocideUniversity of Calgary Press
Kusum Mundra: Mundra, K. and R. W. Oyelere (2016) “Immigrant Homeownership during the Great Recession and Beyond: Role of Birth Networks” with Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, forthcoming International Migration Review


The Global Affairs Colloquium takes place every Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Dana Room, Dana Library (4th Floor). Every week, a global affairs expert or practitioner will come to talk to our students. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about different areas of global affairs and to network with people in the field. 

Questions? Contact Sabrina Axster

Upcoming colloquia:

22 March
"South South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development"
Kennedy Chisoli, Programme Officer, DCF Team
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

29 March

Human Trafficking Myths and Reality

Natalie Jesionka, Associate Director
Rutgers Division of Global Affairs

5 April 

The Global Environmental Agenda and Paradiplomacy by Sub-National State Actors

Martina Muller, International Affairs Advisor,
Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Environment

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