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March 4, 2015

Global Ducks features IS grad student, Najla Sabri

The UO Alumni Association, highlighting Global Ducks, has written an article featuring International Studies current graduate student, Najla Sabri. Read the story here!

February 16, 2015

INTL Undergraduate Alum published in Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society

INTL alumnus Gian Luca Gamberini (Class of ’14) has been published in Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society. Click the links to read more!

Boda Boda: The Impact of A Motorbike Taxi Service in Rural South Uganda

Gian Luca Gamberini – University of Oregon (2014)

Published: Fall 2014 (p. 138-153)

Categories: Economics, Sociology

Regions: Africa

Abstract: Rural sub-Saharan Africa suffers from a lack of transportation infrastructure, hindering rural access for populations in remote areas to social and economic opportunities available in urban areas. Scholars have studied this issue for decades, focusing on the monetary and social imbalances caused by this isolation. I will analyze a motorbike taxi service called Boda Boda, a means of transportation widely used in East Africa and the factors affecting its use. Binary probability regressions reveal counterintuitive behavior, such as a high sensitivity to distances only for accessing non-productive activities such as health infrastructure. Poisson regressions show that the likelihood of undertaking multiple trips in Boda Boda is high only in the presence of an agricultural surplus. A qualitative analysis based on four surveys shows that Boda Boda is largely used to foster social relations and confirms that it is rarely used as a method to access health or education facilities. I postulate that Boda Boda has a positive impact on the freedom and development of remote populations. The research for this paper took place in two villages in southern Uganda from December 2013 to January 2014.

January 29, 2015

INTL Faculty Member Angela Joya featured in CAS Magazine

“How can ISIS happen? Middle East expert looks through the lens of political economy”

Read it here!

Joya CAS Article

January 6, 2015

Undergraduate Advising Drop-In Hours for Spring 2015

Current INTL majors, Pre-INTL Majors, and prospective majors can stop by our undergraduate advising office in 304 PLC for drop in assistance and advising issues.


Drop in hours for Spring Term 2015

(schedule effective as of Monday, April 6, 2015)

Monday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tuesday 9 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 8 am – noon, 2 – 7 pm

Thursday 10 am – 5 pm

Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm

October 29, 2014

World Bank President Jim Kim refers to IS Graduate Student Najla Sabri’s passion to empower Afghan women

Watch the short (01:30) video below, as World Bank President Jim Kim briefly describes the progress in Afghanistan over the past 10 years, and how people (including IS graduate student, Najla Sabri) are grateful for the opportunities which allows for a positive future for the girls and women of this country.

October 8, 2014

Fall 2014 Scholarship Opportunities for undergraduate INTL majors

Two departmental scholarships have just been announced for Fall Term 2014; the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship and the Judy Fosdick Oliphant Scholarship.

The Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship is designed to assist students with the costs associated with earning a degree in International Studies at the UO.

The Oliphant Scholarship is designed to assist students with costs associated with completing the overseas requirement for the major, and who have plans to complete the experience within the current academic year.

Deadline for applications for both scholarships is Friday, October 24th, 2014. Please submit complete applications to the undergraduate coordinator in 175 PLC before 4:30pm on the date listed.

Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Requirements-

• Cumulative UO G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher
• minimum of 8 credit hours INTL course work completed prior to 9/30/2014
• accepted into the International Studies Major prior to 12/31/14
• completed 90 total credit hours (junior class standing) prior to 12/31/14
• maintain full‐time student status during the2015-16 academic year

Oliphant Scholarship Requirements-

  • Enrolled full-time at the University of Oregon during their time abroad,
  • Majoring or double-majoring in International Studies,
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.


Oregon Consular Corps 2014-15 Announcement

Oregon Consular Corps 2014-15 Application

Oliphant Announcement Fall 2014

Oliphant Application 2014-15

October 7, 2014

Foundation for Sustainable Development accepting applications for Winter

Foundation for Sustainable Development accepting applications for Winter

deadline November 1, 2014

Intern abroad with FSD in development sectors:

  • Appropriate Technology
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equal rights
  • Economic development
  • Health
  • Gender equity
  • Youth and education for more details.

October 3, 2014

INTL professors to participate in Globalization, Gender and Development Conference at the UO in October 2014

International Studies Professors Yvonne Braun, Anita Weiss and Kristin Yarris will be participating in the Globalization, Gender and Development Conference at the UO on October 23-24, 2014.


Please visit the conference website for more information including schedule of events, keynote speakers and participants,  event sponsors, and more.

August 25, 2014

INTL Professor Kristin Yarris summer research in Central America

Read about Prof. Kristin Yarris and her research on Central American immigrants, featured on Around the O!



June 17, 2014

INTL Departmental Commencement Ceremony, Spring 2014

A sunny EMU Amphitheater at the start of our ceremony

A sunny EMU Amphitheater at the start of our ceremony

It was wet but certainly memorable!

Nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate students braved the elements to receive their diplomas on Monday, June 16th as their friends and families looked on. Professor Stephen Wooten stepped in to emcee the ceremony, while IS professors Kathie Carpenter, Derrick Hindery, Angela Joya, and Kristin Yarris hooded the grads, and handed diploma covers to undergrads.

Musicians from the local Javanese Gamelan Siri Pandhawa provided ambient music, as well as a featured piece “Lagu Penghijauan” by K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat during the ceremony. Graduate Student Samantha Gammons and Undergraduate Gian Luca Gamberini both gave memorable speeches recounting memories of their experience and expressing as sense of optimism and excitement for the future. Our featured alumni commencement speaker, Liesl Messerschmidt (BA, 1996), gave a wonderful and inspiring speech, in addition.

Liesl Messerschmidt as our featured Alumni Commencement Speaker

Liesl Messerschmidt as our featured Alumni Commencement Speaker


Unfortunately, what started out as a promising day in terms of weather, the sunshine turned quickly to Oregon rain showers during the speeches.

Rainy Commencement Spring 2014

Graduates (and guests) persevered under umbrellas, plastic ponchos and programs, and quickly accepted their degrees before seeking shelter from the downpour. The remaining guests and grads enjoyed a reprieve from the rain and were treated to a variety of international snacks and celebratory cake at a reception following.

Read the commencement speeches here!

Gamberini Commencement Speech 2014

Liesl Messerschmidt Commencement Speech 2014

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