IU School of Global and International Studies announces associate and assistant deans

New director of administration also appointed

  • Oct. 15, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Global and International Studies has announced the appointment of the first associate dean for academic affairs, assistant dean for strategic collaborations and director of administration.

Nick Cullather, a professor of history and international studies, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs.

Hilary Kahn, director of the Center for the Study of Global Change and faculty in international studies, has been named assistant dean for strategic collaborations. She will continue her responsibilities as director of the global center.

They join Russ Hanson, who in August was appointed as the school's associate dean for institutional planning and development.

“As one of the nation's pre-eminent international historians, Nick Cullather is the ideal person to serve as SGIS' first associate dean for academic affairs,” said Lee Feinstein, dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies. "Hilary Kahn is a nationally recognized leader in promoting global education and, on campus, she has a well-earned reputation for forging collaboration among her colleagues from different academic units. I'm delighted both Nick and Hilary are joining our team.”

Cullather earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from IU and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He is a historian of U.S. foreign relations, specializing in the history of intelligence, development and nation building.

In August 2014, Cullather began serving as co-editor of the journal Diplomatic History, the journal of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is the author of "The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia" (2010), which won the Ellis Hawley Prize for economic history and the Robert Ferrell Prize in diplomatic history and was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on a global policy issue. Cullather has won Fulbright grants to the Philippines and Singapore. 

“What makes SGIS distinctive is the depth of expertise in the languages, history and cultures of important world regions,” Cullather said. “I’m glad to have a chance to work with my colleagues to build a curriculum that reflects those strengths.”

Kahn has been at IU since 1997. As director of the Global Center, she oversees and initiates programs and projects involved in the deeper internationalization of the university. She also is the director of the Ph.D. minor in global studies and leads the Framing the Global project (with IU Press).

Kahn’s areas of research include global teaching and learning, visual anthropology, grounded global studies, critical social theory, transnational identities, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the internationalization of higher education.

In 2009, she received the IU Commission of Multicultural Understanding Faculty Award for promoting multicultural understanding in the classroom, on campus and in the broader community; and the International Studies Faculty Award in recognition for excellence in teaching. She is on the executive committee of the Association of International Education Administrators and the advisory board for Diversity and Democracy of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

"I am delighted to have been asked to foster new strategic collaborations and advance the mission of the school," Kahn said.

In addition to these appointments, the School of Global and International Studies has hired its first director of administration, Jennifer Goins, who for the past 10 years has been with the IU Alumni Association, most recently as a senior alumni relations officer. In 16 years at IU Bloomington, Goins also has held positions at the Office of Admissions and the Kelley School of Business.

"We are fortunate to have someone who combines Jen's excellent managerial skills with her deep knowledge of and commitment to IU," Feinstein said.

For decades, IU has been a leader in international studies, teaching more foreign languages than almost any other American institution of higher education. Bloomington is in the top ranks of universities housing federally funded Title VI area studies centers. About 70 languages are taught at IU Bloomington regularly, which is home to federally funded Language Flagship programs in Chinese, Turkish and Swahili, and National Language Resource Centers in African and Central Asian languages.
The interdisciplinary School of Global and International Studies builds on these singular strengths with additional faculty members and a new, state-of-the-art building that will bring the university's area studies, language and international affairs programs together under one roof.

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