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From Interim Dean Andrew Giacomazzi

Understanding our world. Achieving incredible things

The world is increasingly interconnected. What happens on the other side of the globe impacts our economy, careers, and way of life here in Idaho, for better or worse. But it’s also important to understand that our faculty and students now have opportunities to make a positive difference in our communities in ways never before possible.

Our new Global Studies program is educating students on how to understand our new world and to achieve incredible things.

In this issue of Public Interest, we’ll introduce you to a remarkable Global Studies student and a respected professor. We’ll tell you about an innovative and exciting Global Studies course and share a noteworthy event that we recently hosted. We’ll also present a timely and relevant article by a School of Public Service faculty member that appeared in The Blue Review, our journal of popular scholarship.

The world is changing, but we are working hard to understand these changes and to impact our world for good, educating students to have successful and meaningful careers working in the Public Interest.

Thanks for reading,

Andrew Giacomazzi
Interim Dean, School of Public Service
Boise State University

Watch the Introductory Video on YouTube

Academics talking academics in elevators

About Global Studies at Boise State

Interim Dean Andrew Giacomazzi and Isaac Castellano, Program Lead for Global Studies, discuss:

  • Why is there a need for a Global Studies program?
  • Why is Boise an exciting place to study Global Studies?
  • What do students learn while completing a Global Studies degree?
  • What does learning look like in the Global Studies program? Are there hands on-experiences like internships or study abroad?
  • How does a Global Studies degree improve a graduate’s career options?
Click the photos to watch the videos

Student Spotlight - Emily Pape

Global Studies student Emily Pape talks about what makes Global Studies such an exciting academic program.

Global Studies

How Global Studies prepares me for my future


How my Global Studies internship prepares me for my future

Learning Experiences

Learning experiences in Global Studies

Public Service

Public Service and future plans

Most important thing

Most important thing I have learned as a Global Studies student

Future Plans

My plans for the future
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Libby Lunstrum

A Deep Connection to Place

What difference does an international border make?

Libby Lunstrum is interested in borders. Specifically, international borders, the militarization of them, and the green violence and wildlife crime that often crosses them.

Lunstrum’s interest in international borders goes back to research she has done for over a decade in Southern Africa on the subject of cross-border rhino poaching. While studying the issue “that transformed everything” in the conservation community, Lunstrum worked in the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique, where an international border goes through a protected wilderness area. The wildlife crime and border militarization found in this area illustrate the problems that Global Studies students will be tasked with trying to solve: issues of inequality, lack of economic opportunity and relationships between communities and their governments.

Read the full Faculty Spotlight on our website

What is development? Let’s think beyond GDP per capita

By Nisha Bellinger, Boise State Political Science
Chile has been consumed with large scale protests recently. An increase in metro fares sparked protests in the first place but they point to the bigger issue of income inequality within the country. Chile is classified as a high-income economy by the World Bank with a GDP per capita of approximately $15,000 (current US$) and a 4% GDP growth in 2018.

If the aggregate income level as captured by GDP per capita sufficiently captures development and enhances standard of living, then why are people protesting? Why are there grievances? The Chile example demonstrates one important point: focusing on GDP per capita solely does not give us a robust picture of development as it may not translate into a better quality of life for all individuals.

Read the article in The Blue Review
Natasha Behl

Event Spotlight: Gendered Citizenship

On November 14, 2019, the School of Public Service welcomed Dr. Natasha Behl, Assistant Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. Behl discussed her book “Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India” with Boise State faculty and students.

Watch a TedxTalk by Dr. Behl

Watch her presentation at Boise State.
Course Spotlight: Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility

“It’s Designed to Be a Transformative Experience”

Global Studies course provides hands-on learning experience abroad

An internship is an integral part of a Boise State Global Studies degree. And thanks to an innovative partnership with the College of Engineering’s Construction Management program, Global Studies students have an opportunity to learn practical service skills along with global citizenship in the classroom and abroad.

Students in Global Studies 487/Engineering 387: Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility spend 15 weeks in the classroom covering subjects such as globalization, intercultural awareness and environmental issues. In addition, they learn construction skills that they put into practice during Spring Break, when they build and expand a school in Belize. The course is part of a 10-year relationship Boise State has had with the school, which is in a disadvantaged, rural area near Corozal.

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