News Archives


February 10, 2022 - Dr. Jody Mcbrien has published her first working paper

SIGS professor Dr. Jody McBrien has published her first working paper titled, Social and emotional learning (SEL) of newcomer and refugee students, at the OECD iLibrary.

January 21, 2022 – Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich talks about 5 reasons why Russia might invade Ukraine

SIGS professor, Dr. Kulakevich, discusses 5 reasons why Russia might invade Ukraine in her article titled “5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved,” in The Conversation.


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.”


October 16, 2019 – Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich on the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia website
SIGS professor, Dr. Kulakevich, wrote an analysis titled “Belarus and the U.S. Decided to Restore Ties After 11 years of “Frozen” Relations. Here’s Why” on the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia website.

September 28, 2019 - Murid Partaw Interviewed by BBC World News
SIGS Ph.D. student was interviewed by BBC World News regarding the elections in Afghanistan.

July 31,2019- Dr. Bernd Reiter in The Conversation
ISLAC Director, Dr. Reiter, wrote an article titled "If Germany atoned for the Holocaust, the US can pay reparations for slavery" in The Conversation.

May 14, 2019- Dr. J. Edwin Benton in The Conversation
SIGS professor, Dr. Benton, wrote a piece titled "When Americans go to the polls, they look to the past – not the future" in The Conversation.

April 18, 2019 - SIGS Professors featured in an article on Gov. DeSantis' Free Speech Policies                 
SIGS Professor, Dr. Steven Tauber and SIGS Distinguished Professor Emerita, Dr. Susan MacManus discuss the Governor’s free speech proposal in the article “William March: USF faculty weigh in on proposed 'free speech' policies at state universities.” 

April 2019 - Florida Gubernatorial Fellow Wins Award
Political Science Undergraduate Student Ella Biggins received the Governor's Washington, DC Fellowship Award for Outstanding Leadership.  

March 29, 2019 - Dr. J. Edwin Benton in The Conversation
Dr. Benton discuses "What happens to rural and small town Trump voters after Trump is gone?" in an article written in The Conversation

February 2019 - Dr. Abdelwahab Hechiche Featured
SIGS Professor Dr. Abdelwahab Hechiche recognized in the February 2019 International Points of Pride as a Fulbright Scholar. 

February 28, 2019 - Camara Silver Receives Award
To conclude Black Heritage Month, Camara Silver was a recipient of the Black Faculty & Staff Award at the Sankofa Celebration. 

February 6, 2019 - Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich Pens Op-Ed
Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich, SIGS Visiting Professor, writes an op-ed for The Globe Post regarding how Belarus' launch of a new cryptocurrency trading platform may affect Russian influence over the Eastern European country. 

January 8, 2019 - Dr. Manu Samnotra Discusses Gandhi in Radio Interview
Dr. Manu Samnotra, SIGS Assistant Professor, discusses Gandhi’s conception of a Truth arrived at through spiritual experimentation.


December 8, 2018 - Dr. Susan MacManus, Professor Emeritus, discusses the Florida Polling Problems
"Susan MacManus, University of South Florida distinguished professor, spoke at the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections’ mid-winter conference on Tuesday and labeled polling in the Sunshine State as 'downright pitiful.'"

November 16, 2018 - USF Hosts Conference for Puerto Rican Families

August 2018 - Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich Joins SIGS

July 17, 2018 - Military Veteran and Boren Scholarship Winner Carrie Chugg Talks Educational Success and Views on Living a Happy Life
Military veteran and mother, Carrie Chugg has proven herself in a number of remarkable ways, but possibly one of the more distinguished moments was her recent recognition as she earned a Boren Scholarship in April of 2018.

June 2018 - Three Women (Break The Silence) - An Ethnographic Play
Dr. Omotayo Jolaosho, a SIGS faculty member, presented a staged reading of her ethnographic play, Three Women (Break The Silence), in South Africa at Johannesburg's historic Market Theatre Laboratory.