Global Café

Global Café is a great resource and opportunity for students to connect with graduate student mentors to acquire the tools and resources necessary for conducting independent research, applying for grants or fellowships, writing an honors thesis, applying to graduate school, and more. In addition, the Global Café Event Series invites unique, diverse speakers each quarter during the academic year. The small, workshop style talks are a perfect opportunity to connect with alumni, graduate students, and international scholars.

Students of every level are welcome, and refreshments and light snacks are always provided. The Global Café is located at 2010 Sheridan Road, room 201 (International Studies Program).

The Global Café is an ideal resource for all types of students including those who are:

  • planning on studying abroad and are interested in carrying out international projects,
  • who have come back from abroad and want to start their own projects,
  • who are interested in applying for research grants or other funds
  • who are interested in conducting an Honors thesis,
  • who are interested in applying to graduate school, or
  • who are in the process of writing an independent research paper for a class

We encourage all students to stop by – whether it is to meet with a Global Café mentor or attend one of the many interesting talks throughout the year!

Global Café Mentors 2015-2016

Sureshi Jayawardene, Department of African American Studies

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  • Sureshi's research interests include Pan African politics, African diasporic settlement and adaptation, as well as the global spread of Black power. 
  • OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

Erin Lockwood, Department of Political Science

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  • Erin's dissertation investigates the power and politics of global financial markets, focusing on the market for over-the-counter derivatives, complex financial products which went from being almost entirely free of public regulation to directly implicated in the 2008 global financial crisis to being subject to increasing amounts of public oversight. 
  • OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm

Rahul Mediratta, Department of Political Science

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  • Rahul's research interests include international political economy, foreign policy, global security, emerging economies, and informal economy. 
  • OFFICE HOURS: Mondays, 11am - 1pm

Emilie Takayama, Department of History

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  • Emilie's research examines the intersection between the history of the body and economic sociology within the Japanese Empire. 
  • OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays, 2pm - 4pm