Current Programs, Centers, Colloquiums

The Institute facilitates dialogue through its Interdisciplinary Faculty Program, which seeds research and encourages collaboration and discussion among faculty members across campus.  IIS also sponsors ongoing monthly or weekly seminars and workshops in International Relations, Political Economy, and Politics & Development. 


Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Crossings in a Transnational World

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Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Crossings in a Transnational World organized by Beth Piatote (Native American Studies) and Leti Volpp (Law) explores the interrelationships of the categories “native,” “immigrant,” and “refugee” at a time of tightening borders. Refugees, immigrants, and natives—whether indigenous persons or not—are typically constructed as separate categories, and thus studied in...+ Read more

Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America

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Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America , is led by Christine Hastorf (Anthropology) and Lisa Trever (Art History). At the time of the European invasions, the Andean region of South America sustained some of the highest population densities in the western hemisphere. Nearly four millennia of cumulative resource...+ Read more

Seeing like a Valley: Studying the Global Impacts of Silicon Valley's Moral Visions

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Seeing Like a Valley, led by Massimo Mazzotti (History) and Marion Fourcade (Sociology), seeks to understand the role the Valley plays in shaping not just new technologies but moral visions, and how moral visions are ‘exported’ alongside technologies. How do the moral visions of this powerful region relate to past and current alternatives, and how do they interact with contradictory and...+ Read more

Water Management: Past and Future Adaptation

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Led by Matt Kondolf (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning), Holly Doremus (Berkeley Law), Ted Grantham (Environmental Science, Policy & Management), Adina Merenlander (ESPM), Jeff Romm (ESPM), and John Andrew (California Department fo Water Resources, Sacramento). Both the developed and developing world confront intensifying impacts on rivers and other water resources. Impacts...+ Read more

Law and History: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

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Law and History: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives is organized by Stephanie Jones-Rogers (History), David Lieberman (Law), Rebecca McLennan (History) and Christopher Tomlins (Law). Our goals are to enhance and better coordinate the large body of campus research that connects law and history. We seek to provide a setting for collaborative discussion among the many faculty colleagues and...+ Read more

International Relations Theory

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On Monday afternoons, IIS hosts an informal colloquium where a prominent speaker is invited to participate in a conversation with affiliated faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars about pressing issues of international relations. Professors: Michaela Mattes and Aila Matanock+ Read more

Political Economy Seminar

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The Political Economy Seminar brings faculty and students together from across the campus. The seminar primairly focuses on formal or applied (game) theory analysis of topics in political economy or political science, e.g., voting, learning in elections, corruption, political selection and bad governments, civil and interstate conflict. Professors: Ernesto Dal Bo and Robert Powell+ Read more

Urban Inequalities in Developing Democracies

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Co-organizers: Alison Post (Global Metropolitan Studies and Political Science), Leo Arriola (Political Science) This research initiative examines the origins and effects of inequality in small and medium-sized cities in the developing world. Two parallel trends have heightened the importance and prevalence of such inequalities. First, the world is rapidly urbanizing. While megacities have...+ Read more

Center on the Politics of Development

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The Center on the Politics of Development (CPD) at the University of California, Berkeley promotes the study of the politics and governance of low-income societies by advancing collaboration among Berkeley faculty and graduate students conducting research in these areas. Informed by this research, the CPD identifies central policy dilemmas, develops solutions, and advocates for sustainable...+ Read more

Canadian Studies Program

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The Canadian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley was established in 1982, with the aim of institutionalizing the interdisciplinary study of Canada through the promotion of research, academic dialogue and public outreach. The Canadian Studies Program encourages and facilitates an awareness of Canadian issues on the UC Berkeley campus, in nearby institutions with no Canadian...+ Read more

Institutions and Governance Program

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iGov-Institutions and Governance Program promotes interdisciplinary research and education on the origins, effects, and evolution of institutions. The goal of the Program is to advance our understanding of the ways that institutions shape economic and political outcomes as well as the ways that political and economic factors shape institutions. Mission: Support for UC Berkeley researchers doing...+ Read more