Welcome to the International Affairs Program

A message from the Director

As an interdisciplinary program and one of the largest majors in the College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, the International Affairs Program draws on sociology, history, political science, anthropology, and other fields to deliver a first-rate undergraduate education to our students. 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.

Berna Turam
Director of International Affairs Program
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

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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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Featured Event


Women’s Empowerment is Smart Economics

Professor Yana Rodgers will discuss women’s empowerment in the labor market using a global perspective, with a focus on successful strategies for empowering women in the labor market and what the benefits are not just to women but to economies as a whole…
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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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