Welcome to the International Affairs Program

A message from the Director

What would the world be like if half the political leaders were women? Imagining another world is not an exercise in futility – it is a necessity, given the various crises our world has been facing. The International Affairs Program invites students to “think outside the box”; to ponder issues critically, creatively, and constructively; to pose research questions, identify problems, and find solutions; and to imagine a world in which human security, human development, and human rights are paramount.  As we embark on another academic year at Northeastern, let me extend the hope that our incoming and continuing students will avail themselves of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer; and that our graduates will attain a fulfilling life and retain their intellectual curiosity.

Valentine M. Moghadam

Director and Professor of International Affairs and Sociology

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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.

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Gender Inequality, Property, and Development

After long years of neglect, the importance of women’s command over property as a key determinant of their economic well-being, social status, and overall empowerment has now been accepted globally, including in the UN’s sustainable development goals. But can this goal be realised? In developing countries, one of the most significant forms of property is…
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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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Research Reports

The Precariat: A New Dangerous Class

Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, and A Precariat Charter, spoke about his new work to an overflow group of students and faculty in the Raytheon Amphitheater on February 22nd, 2016.

Standing defines the precariat as an emerging class of people facing lives of economic insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives. As such, they develop emotions of anomie, anxiety, alienation, and anger. The precariat is a “dangerous class” because it is internally divided, including college graduates without career prospects, adjuncts and other involuntary part-time workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups that tend to be vilified, as well as what Standing called “atavists” and “nostalgics”. Lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the calls of political extremism.

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