Welcome to the International Affairs Program

A message from the Director

The International Affairs Program at Northeastern University brings faculty and students together in courses and research projects that fundamentally strive to create a better world—one that is freer, more peaceful, more humane, more just, and more inclusive.  We are a supportive community, where undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff collaborate in an intellectually engaging and friendly environment. We are strongly committed to experiential education (a cornerstone mission of Northeastern University), and the IAF has pioneered the university’s Dialogues of Civilizations program, which now take place in more than 70 countries around the world.  Our internationally diverse faculty (hailing from Brazil, Columbia, the UK, to Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia to name just a few countries) has a wide-ranging scholarly expertise, with particular strengths in conflict resolution and peace-building, international law, and the global politics of gender, ethnicity, cities and religion.

Berna Turam

Director of International Affairs Program
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

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Kimberly Jones

Celebration of Life on November 16th

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the International Affairs Program remembers our dear colleague Kimberly Jones, Associate Director, International Affairs Program and Associate Teaching Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies.  Kimberly passed away on October 7th, 2018. Kimberly was a treasured colleague, an award-winning and beloved teacher, and a mentor of students and faculty. Kimberly’s rapport with faculty, colleagues and students was exceptional.  She was an outstanding mentor, and had a deep impact on shaping students paths.  Kimberly played an integral part as a member and leader in the International Affairs Program (IAF).  Hers was an exceptionally kind, professional, and impactful presence in our college and programs.

Thank you to all who attended her Celebration of Life.

Research-active Faculty from Across the Globe

From women’s education, labor, and feminist movements; to transnational mobilities and contested urban spaces; to democratization and demographic changes in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean; and to international law and policy the International Affairs faculty engage in a variety of research projects spanning the globe. To read about the research activities and expertise of our faculty members, please select from the buttons below.

Learn about our faculty research

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) event in Poland

International Affairs Students at COP24

A delegation of Northeastern University (NU) students is attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) event in Poland. The group is being led by Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Associate Director of Strategic Research Collaborations Laura Kuhl and GRI Program Manager for Research Partnerships Kyla Van Maanen.

Check their student blog post found here with updates on Climate Negotiations with GRI.

Recent Faculty Events

Religious Diversity Colloquium Summer 2018

On June 11, 2018, Professor Berna Turam presented “Muslim diaspora and sanctuary cities: safe places and politics of fear” at the Religious Diversity Colloquium, Gottingen, Germany.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

International Affairs Program Senior Banquet May 2, 2018


 “Now go and make interesting mistakes,
make amazing mistakes,
 make glorious and fantastic mistakes,
leave the world more interesting for your being here.”
–Neil Gaiman


Faculty News

Berna Turam at RC21 conference "Rethinking Global Urban Justice" at the University of Leeds, Britain

Berna Turam was an invited speaker in the Opening Plenary Session at the Research Committee 21 (RC21) conference 2017: “Rethinking Global Urban Justice: An International Academic Conference for Critical Urban Studies”. The International Sociological Association organized the conference which was hosted by the University of Leeds, Britain, from September 11 – 13th, 2017.

Dr. Turam was part of the Opening Plenary session “The Authoritarian City”; her talk was entitled “Cities and Power under Authoritarianism”. The aim of the Conference was to address the multiple urban crises in an increasingly globalized world. The focus of the Plenary Session was the changing notions of urban space and the new centrality of the city in world politics, as fear and insecurity are on the rise in an increasingly securitized world.

Northeastern Students Meet 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Beatrice Fihn in Geneva

Students from Denise Garcia's UN Dialogue Summer in Geneva 2017

Summer 2017 in Geneva, Denise Garcia’s UN Dialogue met Beatrice Fihn.  She was recently announced that the Nobel Peace Prize this year went to the efforts she spearheads.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons executive director, Beatrice Fihn has met with Northeastern students for the last ten years as part of the United Nations dialogue in Geneva. During this year’s dialogue, the Treaty had not yet been concluded. However, she shared her optimism and reflected back on many years of hard work leading to this very historic accomplishment. She was energized to go to the UN in NY after meeting us, to assist member states to negotiate the treaty.

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Dialogue Opportunities

United Nations Dialogue in Geneva with Denise Garcia

The United Nations Dialogue in Geneva is titled Global Governance of International Security & the World Politics of Diplomacy. It started in 2007 by Professor Denise Garcia with the aim of exposing students to the practice and real life of diplomacy and negotiation of key world politics issues at the highest level that occur in the city of Geneva, capital of humanitarian diplomacy.

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International Careers

Careers on the International Stage

What can a International Affairs major provide for you?  There are several options for careers on the international stage in several areas.  View resource tools, websites, job platforms, information about professional paths found in Professor Denise Garcia’s new stellar presentation


Educating Global Leaders for the 21st Century

International affairs at Northeastern University challenges students to engage across intellectual and geographic boundaries, while also asking them to think and act “locally” through academic coursework, experiential opportunities, and language proficiency. Read more about our mission>>

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