News Archives


November 18, 2021 – Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich discusses the trouble at the Belarus-Poland border

SIGS professor, Dr. Kulakevich, discusses the issue at the Belarus-Poland border in her article titled “Trouble on the Belarus-Poland border: What you need to know about the migrant crisis manufactured by Belarus’ leader” in The Conversation.  

September 1, 2021 - Ph.D. Student Kaleb Demerew Discusses Water Politics of North Africa in his Latest Publication

Kaleb Demerew, a doctoral student in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, wrote the article titled "From Red Sea to the Nile: Water, Power, and Politics in Northeast Africa” featured in Third World Quarterly. Click on the link to read more about his research.

Water politics have been at the forefront of North African foreign policy. By connotating the Nile River and the Red Sea with countries such as Ethiopia and Egypt, Demerew offers an interesting case study on why and how does natural resources are constrained depending on governmental discourse. Click here to read more about his research.

June 11, 2021 – Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan received the 2021 Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement, a national award.

 SIGS associate professor of Political Science and founding director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), Dr Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, received the 2021 Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement.

March 17, 2021 – Dr. Edwin Benton provides expert opinion on federal-funding disparities

SIGS Professor, Dr. Edwin Benton, offers his expert opinion on federal-funding disparities in his article titled “Most & Least Federally Dependent States” on the Wallet Hub.

February 10, 2021 - SIGS Statement on January 6th Capitol Attack

The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS) community watched in horror on January 6, 2021 as a violent, white-supremacist mob invaded the United States Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Political violence is abhorrent, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible.


September 9, 2020 - Grant Awarded to SIGS Professors                                                                Dr. Omotayo Jolaosho and Dr. David Ponton have been announced as the successful grant applicants for the Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in our Local, National and International Communities Projects.

August 31, 2020 - SIGS political science student Sarah Glaser interviewed on her role for Florida Students for Biden Organization
She offers great insight on the importance of getting real world experience by getting involved beyond the classroom walls. Click on the article to learn more.

August 20, 2020 - Dr. Kulakevich's article about Belarus and how Europe's last dictator could fall
Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko has a reputation as a master tactician. Now his luck may be changing after 26 years in power due to the unprecedented political crisis after the Aug 9th presidential election. Dr. Kulakevich explains how Europe’s last dictator could fall.

August 8, 2020 - Belarus’s president looks for his sixth election victory on Sunday         
The Belarusian authorities have responded with a brutal crackdown on protests challenging President Lukashenka's claim to a landslide victory in Sunday's elections. What does this tell us about the survival of autocratic regimes? SIGS Professor Dr. Kulakevich provides answers.

April 21, 2020 - The Belarus government is largely ignoring the pandemic                                 Despite nearly 5000 confirmed cases and 40 deaths, Belarus remains the only country in Europe denying the coronavirus danger Why does the government hold fast to this denial of the coronavirus threat? SIGS Professor, Dr. Kulakevich provides answers.                                              

February 14, 2020 - Dr. Kulakevich to give talk on Belarus in March
SIGS Professor, Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich, is scheduled to give a talk on the future of Belarus on March 2,2020.

February 3, 2020 - Akil King Featured in USF Boundless Bulls Video
SIGS student, Akil King, was featured in a USF Boundless Bulls video where he discusses his plan to use his Africana Studies education.

January 31, 2020 - Dr. Kulakevich discusses the significance of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Belarus
SIGS Professor, Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich, wrote an article titled “Pompeo to Visit Minsk: Why Is the US Defrosting Ties With Belarus?” where she discusses the significance of Mike Pompeo's visit to Belarus. 

January 27, 2020 - Dr. Edward Kissi's new book “Africans and the Holocaust: Perceptions and Responses of Colonized and Sovereign Peoples.”
Professor Dr. Edward Kissi in the Department of Africana Studies talks about the Holocaust’s impact on the surrounding regions, especially Africa, in his new book “Africans and the Holocaust: Perceptions and Responses of Colonized and Sovereign Peoples.”