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

To read the full Message from the Director, please click here.

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

The Consequences of Healthcare Policies

Examining Immigrant's Access to Healthcare

Through her research that was aimed at examining immigrants’ access to healthcare, Northeastern professor Tiffany Joseph came to learn about a green-card holder who is eligible for Medicaid.  Joseph has spent the past seven years examining immigrants’ access to healthcare under shifting public policies, focusing specifically on three of the largest immigrant groups in the Boston area: Brazilians, Dominicans, and Salvadorans.

This year, she has honed in on the impact of anti-immigrant policies, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and attempts to repeal Obamacare on local immigrant populations. In May, Joseph received the 2019 Senior Ford Foundation Fellowship Award, which will enable her to expand her research project into a book over the next year.

For more information on Tiffany Joseph’s research, please click here.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know by Professor Dov Waxman

Oxford University Press

To be published May 2019
No conflict in the world has lasted as long, generated as many news headlines, or incited as much controversy as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet, despite, or perhaps because of, the degree of international attention it receives, the conflict is still widely misunderstood. While Israelis and Palestinians and their respective supporters trade accusations, many outside observers remain confused by the conflict’s complexity and perplexed by the passion it arouses. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know® offers an even-handed and judicious guide to the world’s most intractable dispute. Covering the conflict from its nineteenth-century origins to the latest developments of the twenty-first century, this book explains the key events, examines the core issues, and presents the competing claims and narratives of both sides. 

Dialogue Opportunities

United Nations Dialogue in Geneva with Professor 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.

For more information click here

UPDATE:  Professor Garcia just took part in Northeastern’s “What’s New” podcast. 
Please click here to listen to her talk about her current research project!



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.

Congratulations to our Graduation Seniors!

International Affairs Program Senior Banquet


 “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