International Relations is the study of the systems and structures that exist (or should exist) to address global concerns.
Yes, Drew Has a Classroom at the U.N.
Our signature program is our unique Semester at the United Nations, with access to the meetings that drive global affairs and question and answer sessions with diplomats and activists. You see history as it happens.
Imagine asking questions of a European Union politician at EU headquarters in Brussels. That’s exactly what students do in an 4 credit semester
in Belgium and England.
War, famine, epidemics — the stakes could not be higher. That’s why our professors and students do their utmost to translate theory and research into practical actions. They know that global problems require global solutions.
Why do some countries adopt climate change polices and others don’t? Our students dig deep into the history, politics, and culture of different countries to discover how various attitudes toward science and technology produce widely different perceptions and actions.
How will superpowers China and the U.S. negotiate their relationship in the coming decade? Internationally known China specialist addressed this topic recently on Drew’s campus as part of the ongoing
Janet T. Siler International Affairs Forum.
Careers Made easy
changing the world
Our emphasis on real world experience means that our students already have impressive CVs by the time they graduate. They are prepared to embark on careers in capitals around the world.
Some graduates go on to law school or Wall Street. Others go into the Foreign Service. Still others have gotten great opportunities in non-governmental organizations addressing humanitarian and humans rights issues around the globe.
More and more, organizations and business of all kinds need employees who understand multiple cultures, and political systems, and can adapt to new situations.
My sophomore-year seminar in Morocco and Paris was so rewarding! It helped broaden my mind to different cultures and controversial topics. I am still in touch via social media with some of the university students I met there. My current internship at the United Nations focuses on fostering peace through friendships among international youth.
Felipe Gomez Acebo
Thanks to support from the Thomas H. Kean Government Internship, I worked at the Organization of American States last summer. After graduating, I was hired by the European Parliament in Brussels. I’m working on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a trade agreement being negotiated right now between the EU and the United States.
I’m especially intrigued by how terrorist organizations fund themselves, as well as the emergence and the evolution of post-9/11 global counterterrorism strategies. I also study the legal and political ramifications of humanitarian interventions and post-war peace-building efforts.
Ph.D., London School of Economics
I’m very interested in China. I traveled in East Asia for a year after college, studying first Chinese and then the various beaches in Thailand. Later, as a Fulbright Scholar, I spent two years conducting research in China on social welfare policy during its transition.
My current research involves the “policy feedbacks” between the structure of national health care systems and public attitudes toward the responsibility of government to care for the sick.
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Visiting Associate Professor
I’ve just done a book about political participation and inclusion among South Asian immigrants in the US, comparing their experience to the 20th century waves of Irish, Italian, Jewish and Latino immigration. I teach a class on immigration and enjoy seeing students change the way they look at themselves, their identity, and issues of race and national history. It’s very gratifying to see that it really speaks to them.
Ph.D., University of Southern California
I’m working on two new projects: one on the use, in liberal states, of “truth-telling techniques” such as narco analysis, brain scanning and polygraphs, and the second on new modes of racial profiling in post-9/11 United States.
Ph.D., University of Southern California
I teach on women and politics, global feminism and international relations. Over the past decade, I have trained representative of women’s and human rights organizations based in more than seventy countries on how to use the international human rights system to address gender-based discrimination.
Ph.D., Rutgers University
- Senior Analyst
- Advocacy and counterterrorism associate
Human Rights Watch
- Policy Advocate
- Specialist in International Trade
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
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My Favorite Course
“I knew this class would be challenging both emotionally and academically. I found myself looking forward to each assignment, each article, book and movie. It ignited within me a humanitarian, intellectual passion that gave birth to my thesis on the death penalty, and influenced my choice of law school.”
Amberly Beye on Torture: Pain, Body and Truth