University of Wisconsin–Madison

Institute for Regional and International Studies

Administrative Unit: Institute for Regional and International Studies
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans: M.A.
Degrees Offered: M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies; M.A. in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies   
Minors and Certificates: Doctoral Minor in African Studies; Doctoral Minor in East Asian Studies; Doctoral Minor in Global Studies; Doctoral Minor in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies; Doctoral Minor in Russian; Doctoral Minor in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; Doctoral Minor in Southeast Asian Studies; Graduate/Professional Certificate in African Studies; Graduate/Professional Certificate in European Studies; Graduate/Professional Certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; Graduate/Professional Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies

African Studies

The African Studies Program facilitates interdisciplinary teaching and research among scholars who focus on Africa. The program is recognized nationally for its excellence in academic offerings. More than 80 faculty are members of the program and offer courses in 35 departments.

East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies acts as a clearinghouse and coordinating center bringing together an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students interested in the study of China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet. The center promotes and supports study of the region through academic programs, conferences, public lectures, and fellowships. Although the center does not presently offer a graduate degree, it does offer a doctoral minor and also supports students in other graduate programs who wish to focus on the East Asian region. More than 40 core and affiliate faculty members offer courses related to East Asia in the humanities, social sciences, and other fields through approximately 20 departments in six schools and colleges. Graduate students pursuing study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or certain other Chinese minority languages may apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships and other awards administered by the center. The East Asian Collection of Memorial Library houses a large collection of vernacular and English-language materials on East Asia.

European Studies

The European studies program, in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), and the DAAD Center for German and European Studies (CGES) promotes knowledge and understanding of Europe both on and off campus. Established in 1968, the graduate/professional certificate program provides integrated interdisciplinary studies on contemporary Europe for graduate students. The program brings together scholars on campus interested in different aspects of Europe to discuss topics of mutual interest. More than twenty UW–Madison departments offer courses on Europe (apart from language courses), providing the largest number of courses on any region of the world other than the United States.

Global Studies

The global studies minor is both interdepartmental and interdisciplinary. Global Studies and the Center for World Affairs (WAGE) jointly support the minor, which draws on faculty expertise and courses from more than 30 departments and programs across all colleges. The vast majority of listed courses are housed in Letters & Science departments.

Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) Program offers three graduate programs: master of arts, a doctoral minor, and a dual degree in law and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies.

The mission of the graduate program is to provide an interdisciplinary foundation for the study of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is nationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching on these regions. The LACIS program includes a core faculty of more than 50 members and course offerings in 40 disciplines and professional schools, including agricultural and applied economics, anthropology, business, community and environmental sociology, comparative literature, environmental studies, gender and women's studies, geography, history, law, music, political science, population health, Quechua, Yucatec Maya, sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese.

Core faculty have received extensive national and international recognition. Faculty research interests include development and labor economics; Andean ethnohistory and ethnology; African Diaspora art; conservation of the neotropics; cultural geography; social history of Latin America; democratic consolidation; Brazilian social stratification; comparative social movements; Luso-Brazilian literature and culture; colonial and modern Latin American literature, film, and culture; Spanish literature from the medieval to the modern period; and political economy. UW–Madison also publishes the journal Luso-Brazilian Review.

While the majority of candidates in the program are from the United States, a significant number are from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Iberia. Since 1994, 30 percent of the program's candidates have been Latino/Latin American/Caribbean. Seventy percent have been women. Funding assistance for candidates specializing in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Iberia includes Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, Helen Firstbrook Franklin Fellowship, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (if applicable), Latin America course (260) teaching assistantships, and the Tinker-Nave Field Grant Program. Please contact the program office for more information on funding opportunities.

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

The Russian, East European and Central Asian studies (REECAS) program draws on the strength of long-established programs in anthropology, language and literature, political science, geography, history, folklore, sociology, and law. Faculty research interests include ethnicity and nationalism, legal problems of privatization, the politics and cultures of borderland regions in Eurasia, and the thought and politics of East-Central Europe.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, which is administered through CREECA and is due approximately February 15.

The departments offering courses pertaining to Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia include Anthropology, Communication Arts, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, Geography, History, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Law, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Sociology, and Theatre and Drama.

Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a formal graduate program in Southeast Asian studies and facilitates interdisciplinary study on Southeast Asia in intercollege, professional, and other degree programs throughout the university. The Southeast Asian studies program provides students with the opportunity to concentrate their study of this dynamic region in several disciplines and professional areas: anthropology, communications (journalism), development, education, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music and dance (performing arts), political science, public health, religion, sociology, and urban and regional planning, as well as natural resources, business, and law, and public policy. Faculty expertise and library holdings are particularly strong for in-depth study of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The goal of the program is to provide students with a strong area and language background on Southeast Asia and to prepare them for a range of academic and professional careers.

Language study is a critical component in area studies, and the center encourages students to develop proficiency in at least one Southeast Asian language. During the academic year, instruction is offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in five Southeast Asian languages: Filipino (Tagalog), Hmong, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese. Each language is offered at two or more levels of instruction, with advanced readings and literature courses available in Indonesian. The center also facilitates participation in the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI), which provides instruction during the summers at multiple levels in eight languages of the region: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian/Malaysian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese, and depending on enrollments, Javanese. Though SEASSI is hosted by the center and based in Madison, it is open to students from anywhere. More information is available on the SEASSI website.

African Studies

Faculty: Professors Hutchinson (chair) (African Studies/Anthropology), Adell (Afro-American Studies), Anderson (Music), Barrows (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Baumann (Nursing), Bernault (History), Bershady (Astronomy), Bloch (Curriculum and Instruction), Bosu (Veterinary Medicine), Bunn (Anthropology), Carter (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Chavas (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Christensen (Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences), Cowell (African Languages and Literature), Drewal (Art History/Afro-American Studies), Fair (Journalism and Mass Communication), Gallagher (Astronomy), Gjerde (Medicine and Public Health), Graziano (Medicine and Public Health), Haq (Medicine and Public Health), Hauner (African Languages and Literature), Hewson (Curriculum and Instruction), Johnson-Powell (Medicine and Public Health), Klug (Law), Ladson-Billings (Medicine and Public Health), Langston (Forest and Wildlife Ecology), McClintock (English), Memon (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Naughton (Geography), Nixon (English), Ntambi (Biochemistry), Olaniyan (African Languages and Literature/English), Payne (Political Science), Popkewitz (Curriculum and Instruction), Posner (Agronomy), Reed (Animal Sciences), Reschovsky (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Schatzberg (Political Science), Scheub (African Languages and Literature), Schleicher (African Languages and Literature), Seidman (Sociology), Shapiro (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Songolo (African Languages and Literature/French and Italian), Tesfagiorgis (Afro-American Studies), Thompson (Law), Tripp (Political Science/Gender and Women's Studies), Turner (Geography), Verna (Art), Wilcots (Astronomy), Zeichner (Curriculum and Instruction); Associate Professors Al-Ghadeer (African Languages and Literature), Anstett (Family Medicine), Chamberlain (History), Conway (Communication Arts), Conway (Pediatrics), Foltz (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Jenson (French and Italian), Lambert (Anthropology), Madureira (Comparative Literature), Nesper (Anthropology), Pickering (Anthropology), Sapega (Spanish and Portuguese), Stambach (Educational Policy Studies), Sweet (History); Assistant Professors Hark (Design), Keller (History of Science), Kendall (Educational Policy Studies), Kodesh (History), Sellers (Social Work), Straus (Political Science), Wendland (Medicine and Public Health/Anthropology)

East Asian Studies

Faculty: Professors Davis (Engineering Professional Development), Dong (Design Studies/SOHE), Dunne (Asian Languages and Cultures), Furumoto (Theater and Drama), Kern (Asian Languages and Cultures), Li (Linguistics), McGloin (Asian Languages and Cultures), Mori (Asian Languages and Cultures), Nienhauser (Asian Languages and Cultures), Ohnesorge (Law), Ohnuki-Tierney (Anthropology), Pan (Communication Arts), Phillips (Art History), Sidel (Law), Ridgely (director) (Asian Languages and Cultures), Young (History), Zhou (Anthropology); Associate Professors Cheng (History), Dennis (History), D'Etcheverry (Asian Languages and Cultures), Geyer (Asian Languages and Cultures), Huang (Asian Languages and Cultures), Huntington (Asian Languages and Cultures), Meulenbeld (Asian Languages and Cultures), Miyamoto (Psychology), Raymo (Sociology), Shi (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Thal (History), Zhang (Asian Languages and Cultures); Assistant Professors Chan (History), Choy (Dance/Education), Fan (Theater and Drama), Kim (History), Kinzley (History), Li (Art History), Lim (Asian Languages and Cultures), Murthy (History), Yang (Asian Languages and Cultures), Zhu (Asian Languages and Cultures)

European Studies

Faculty: Chair: Professor Ringe (Political Science); Faculty Steering Committee: Professors Allen (Scandinavian Studies), Brossard (Life Sciences Communication), Covington (European Studies), Ferree (Sociology), Klug (Law), Livorni (French and Italian), Olds (Geography), Potter (German), Silberman (German), Wolf (Scandinavian Studies)

Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies

Faculty: Professors Scarano (LACIS director) (History), Allen (Plant Pathology), Albuquerque (Spanish and Portuguese), Apple (Curriculum and Instruction), Barham (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Beilin (Spanish and Portuguese), Bilbija (Spanish and Portuguese), Calderon (Music), Collins (Sociology), Corfis (Spanish and Portuguese), De Ferrari (Spanish and Portuguese), Drewal (Art History), Egea (Spanish and Portuguese), Escalante (Art), Ewig (Gender and Women's Studies), Frantzen (Spanish and Portuguese), Hildner (Spanish and Portuguese), Hill (English/American Indian Studies), Hutchinson (Spanish and Portuguese),  Madureira (Spanish and Portuguese), Mallon (History), Marquez (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies/Political Science), Medina (Spanish and Portuguese), Mello (Business), Naughton (Geography), Neinhuis (Horticulture), Olaniyan (African Languages and Literature), Patz (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Pevehouse (Political Science), Podesta, (Spanish and Portuguese), Popkewitz (Education), Radano (Ethnomusicology), Rojas (Journalism and Mass Communication), Sanchez (Spanish and Portuguese), Strier (Anthropology), Sweet (History), Sytsma (Botany), Tochon (Curriculum and Instruction), Tripp (Political Science), Waller (Botany and Environmental Studies), Wattieux (Animal Science), Zamora (Spanish and Portuguese), Zepeda (Consumer Science); Associate Professors Alix-Garcia (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Cabrera (Dairy Science), Close (Spanish and Portuguese), Emshwiller (Botany)  Gaus (Medicine), Hernandez (Spanish and Portuguese), Huneeus (Law), Kallenborn (Design Studies), Marin-Spiotta (Geography), Pellegrini (Spanish and Portuguese), Schechter (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Stafford (Spanish and Portuguese, Walker (Dance) ; Assistant Professor Clayton (Anthropology), Associate Faculty Barrett (Sociology), DiPrete Brown (Global Health), Egon (Spanish and Portuguese), Gemrich (Spanish and Portuguese), Kaaikiola Strohbusch (Spanish and Portuguese), Vargas, (LACIS associate director); Lecturers Druc (Anthropology), Muniagurria (Economics), Muyolema (Anthropology), Woodward (Botany)

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

Faculty: Professors Gerber (chair) (Sociology), Belodubrovskaya (Communication Arts), Bethea (Slavic Languages), Brenner (Jewish Studies), Buenger (Art History), Chamberlain (History), Ciancia (History), Dale (Art History), Danaher (Slavic Languages), Derin (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Dolinin (Slavic Languages), DuBois (Scandinavian Studies), Evans-Romaine (Slavic Languages), Filipowicz (Slavic Languages), Gehlbach (Political Science), Hendley (Law, Political Science), Herrera (Political Science), Hirsch (History), Hollander (Jewish Studies), Johnson (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), Kaiser (Geography), Kepley (Communication Arts), Kydd (Political Science), Lapina (Slavic Languages), Livanos (Comparative Literature), Longinovic (Slavic Languages), McDonald (History), Michels (History), Miernowska (Slavic Languages), Neville (History), Radeloff (Forest and Wildlife Ecology), Reynolds (Slavic Languages), Schamiloglu (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Shevelenko (Slavic), Tishler (CREECA, Slavic Languages), Tumarkin (Slavic Languages), van de Water (Slavic Languages), Wink (History)

Southeast Asian Studies

Faculty: Professors Bowie (Anthropology), Cowell (African Languages & Literature), Coxhead (Agricultural & Applied Economics), Gade (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Gunther (Journalism & Mass Communications), Hansen (center director) (History), Macken (Linguistics), A. McCoy (History), Olds (Geography), Rafferty (Asian Languages & Cultures), Sidel (Law), Winichakul (History), Zhou (Anthropology); Associate Professors Nobles (Sociology); Assistant Professors Baird (Geography), Choy (Dance/Asian American Studies), Ho (Curriculum and Instruction'/Education), Kim (Anthropology); Faculty Associates Barnard (Asian Languages & Cultures), Cullinane (History/Southeast Asian Studies), M. McCoy (Communication Arts/Southeast Asian Studies); Lecturers Chanprasert-Elbow (Asian Languages & Cultures), Dinh (Asian Languages & Cultures), Lee (Asian Languages & Cultures, Zamar (Asian Languages & Cultures); Librarian Ashmun (Southeast Asia Collection, Memorial Library)

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