Global / Transnational

Research Interest

Solomon Hsiang

Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy

Solomon Hsiang is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, Co-Director of the Climate Impact Lab, and Director of Berkeley’s Global Policy Laboratory, where his team is integrating econometrics, spatial data science, and machine learning to answer questions central to managing planetary resources. He is currently the Lead Author of the Economics chapter for the Fifth National Climate Assessment.

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Associate Professor

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. An historian of German, European and International History from the late 18th century to the present, he also has an ongoing interest in the history of human rights.

Alan Karras

Associate Director and Senior Lecturer
Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs

Alan Karras is Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs. His research interests are transnational in focus, and center on the relationship between state and the economy, especially with regard to illicit behavior, such as smugglng and corruption, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

James Midgley

Professor of the Graduate School
School of Social Welfare

James Midgley is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously served as Dean of the School of Social Welfare and held the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in the Public Social Services (1997-2016). He studies international social development, comparative social policy and welfare and social protection, focusing on the social services and cash transfers in developing countries.

Research Interests:

International Social Development

Comparative Social Policy and Welfare


Andres Rodriguez Clare


Andrés Rodríguez-Clare is the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the International Trade and Investment group and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Prof. Rodríguez-Clare studies how globalization affects welfare, inequality, employment and the environment.

David Grewal

Professor of Law
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Berkeley Law School

David Singh Grewal is Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School and a member of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. His first book, Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization (Yale, 2008) offered an analysis of globalization. He teaches and writes on international law, including international economic law and international legal theory, among other topics.

Matthew Specter

Senior Fellow
Institute of European Studies

Matthew Specter (PhD, Duke) writes on 20th century European, American and global intellectual history, especially the history of German political thought and the history of IR theory. A former tenured Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, he is currently a Lecturer in History at Santa Clara University and Associate Editor of History and Theory. He is the author of Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge 2010) and The Atlantic Realists: Empire and International Political Thought Between Germany and...

Cameron Danesh

Undergraduate Student
Political Economy

Cameron Danesh is a third year majoring in political economy. His academic interests include economic history and geography and using those disciplines to find solutions to social inequality and the world's most pressing issues. Currently, he is working with Professor Brad Delong on his upcoming book Slouching Towards Utopia: The Economic History of the Long Twentieth Century. In his free time, he enjoys reading and learning about the world and going our for walks around Berkeley.

Monzerrath Ortiz

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Legal Studies

Monzerrath is a 4th year undergraduate student double majoring in political science and legal studies, and double minoring in human rights and history. Her research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Latin-American politics, legal reform, and constitutional frameworks. Aside from research, Monzerrath is also involved in UC Berkeley's co-ed international relations fraternity Delta Phi Epsilon and is an intern for California Senator Scott Wiener. Upon graduating next year, Monzerrath plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy and attend law school.

Esteban Benitez

Undergraduate Student
Global Studies

Esteban Benitez is a senior from Visalia, CA majoring in Sociology and minoring in Global Studies with a concentration on the Americas. His academic interest include sustainable development in rural countries and immigration reform. He plans to attend law school following his studies at UC Berkeley.