Scholarship and Engagement

CSU's International Studies Program supports a wide range of student and faculty research, scholarship and engagement. Our scholarly endeavors illuminate critical global issues and highlight the interdisciplinary nature of international and global studies.

Featured Faculty Research

Andrea Duffy, Ph.D.

Director of International Studies & Assistant Teaching Professor, International Studies and History

Kristin Heineman, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor, History and International Studies

  • Heineman, K.M. ‘The Chasm at Delphi: A Modern Perspective,’ ASCS 31 [2010] Proceedings:
  • Heineman, K.M. ‘Ancient Authority: Degrees of Separation,’ Humanity. 2010.
  • Margolf, D. and Heineman, K.M. Western Civilization. Great River Learning, 2016.
  • Heineman, K.M. The Decadence of Delphi: The Oracle in the Second Century and Beyond. Routledge, 2017.
  • Heineman, K.M. ‘Oechalia, Delphi and Omphale,’ in An Oxford Handbook on Herakles. Oxford, forthcoming.


Christopher Ian Foster, Ph.D.

Instructor, International Studies


Julia YuJung Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, International Studies and Political Science

  • “Community Interactions and Sanitation Use by the Urban Poor: Survey Evidence from India’s Slums” Urban Studies, May 2020.
  • “Gender, Events, and Elite Messages in Mass Opinion on Foreign Relations” with Joonbum Bae, Journal of Global Security Studies, Feb 2020.

Web Resource: "Understanding the Middle East and North Africa"


Independent Study

Featured Student Research Presentation: “Tradition in Decline: Economy, Culture, and the Environment in Rural Japan”

Join International Studies Major Natalie Montecino as she presents the results of her independent study research on rural Japan in Spring 2021. Watch the presentation HERE.


Honors Thesis

Featured Honors Thesis Project: Human Trafficking


Featured Senior Thesis Projects

All International Studies majors at CSU are required to complete a senior thesis project. This project can take the form of a traditional scholarly research paper, a creative project, or another option related to the theme of their capstone seminar. The work below represents a sampling of the wide variety of projects and topics pursued by our students.

Research Papers

Thesis research papers in International Studies analyze, respond to, and address "wicked problems" and other challenging, critical questions with global resonance. They present original work with a clear thesis statement that is supported by evidence. In investigating their subjects, our students draw on primary sources and scholarship in multiple disciplines and multiple languages. Their work contributes to the growing interdisciplinary field of International Studies.

Travel Narratives

This option allows students to integrate course content on travel with their personal international or cross-cultural experience to create a travel or immersion narrative. Most International Studies majors have had an international experience by the time they graduate. This thesis option provides an opportunity for them to meaningfully share and reflect on their diverse experiences.

Creative Projects

The International Studies senior thesis may take the form of a creative project, such as a film, creative writing piece, website, or artwork. This option requires major effort, self-motivation, and experience in the student's medium of choice, but it also yields impressive and creative results. It highlights our students' wide-ranging skill set.