Research, Dialogue, Scholarship
International Studies at Berkeley
Welcome to IIS
The Institute of International Studies (IIS) at the University of California, Berkeley is a multidisciplinary organized research unit (ORU).
IIS represents an interdisciplinary arena of scholarship characterized by the analysis of connective and systemic dynamics in global politics and economics. International or global studies is distinct from area studies, which tends to focus on understanding individual countries, societies, or regions. International studies is primarily concerned with interactions among states and non-state actors across a multitude of arenas—from security and governance to economic and cultural exchange. It includes the study of cross border movements of people, ideas, money, goods, diseases, pollution, information as well as international institutions, international law, and global governance more generally. The addition of transnational problems that affect the world as a whole, esp. since the 1970s, has expanded the horizons of IIS, and includes phenomena that take place within the borders of one country but are studied across regions, such as migration, civil war, democracy, authoritarianism, humanitarian crises, human rights abuses, globalization, and climate change.
Lectures & Talks
Maria-Fátima Santos - Modernizing Leviathan: Carceral Reform and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Brazil's Espírito Santo State."
We are proud to announce that Maria-Fátima Santos, a PhD candidate in sociology and a former recipient of an IIS summer grant, was recently published in theAmerican Sociological Review. Santos's article is titled...Read more about Maria-Fátima Santos - Modernizing Leviathan: Carceral Reform and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Brazil's Espírito Santo State."
The Institute of International Studies hosted a special panel discussion on Wednesday, March 9 to assess the nuclear risks in the fast-moving Ukraine crisis. Professor Karl van Bibber, (Nuclear Engineering) chaired the discussion. In case you missed it, or would like to listen again, chet...Read more about Crisis in Ukraine: The Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe? | Panel