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Center Grants for Faculty

Transnational Justice Workshop Grants

*2015-2016 Grant Competition

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice (MUCTJ) is pleased to announce the second annual grant competition supporting research workshops organized by faculty members in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The Center will be awarding two MUCTJ Workshop Grants in 2015-2016 to support interdisciplinary workshops on issues of economic, political, or social justice that cross national borders.


Workshop themes include but are not limited to issues of immigration, forced migration and human trafficking, human rights, economic development, global trade and finance, pandemic diseases, and climate change.


Expected outcomes of the workshop include research papers for possible publication in an edited volume or journal special issue, and/or briefing papers circulated to scholarly, policymaker, or practitioner audiences.


Successful applicants will be awarded up to $5000 in funding support for a workshop held on the Marquette campus between January 1, 2016 and June 15, 2016.


Eligibility: Proposals must be submitted by a faculty member in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The proposed interdisciplinary workshop must include Marquette faculty, at least two external participants, and opportunities for participation by graduate and/or advanced undergraduate students. 


Application Procedures: Faculty seeking to apply for the workshop grants must submit the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Workshop Proposal consisting of no more than five single-spaced pages using 12 point font. The proposal must contain: a) a brief discussion of the workshop theme, purpose, and objectives; b) a brief discussion of the significance of the workshop in light of existing scholarship; c) a list of workshop participants with brief descriptions of their backgrounds and proposed contribution; and d) a brief discussion of the workshop’s expected outcomes.
  • Project Budget consisting of a one page budget narrative noting the intended use of grant funds, total workshop costs, and other sources of support.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the lead Marquette workshop organizer.

Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically as PDF or WORD attachments and are due before 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015. Send application materials to Dr. H. Richard Friman, Director, MU Center for Transnational Justice, Workshop Grant winners will be notified by email on or before December 7, 2015.


Past Workshop Grant Recipients




Dr. Eunah Lee, Department of Philosophy, for a workshop on "The Integrity of Memory: Comfort Women in Focus"











Faculty Course Development Grants:

*2017 Spring Grant Competition

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice (CTJ) will be awarding up to four grants for full-time Marquette faculty to develop new courses, or significantly revise existing courses, that explore issues of justice that transcend national borders. The course must be taught at least once within three semesters following notice of the grant award. Each development award will be for $3600.

Innovative proposals are sought especially in the following areas:

  • Migration: including immigration, refugee and asylum issues, migrant worker issues, immigrant incorporation and exclusion
  • Economics, Politics, and Justice: including issues of hunger, environmental policy and practice, global economic crises, and development
  • Human Security: including issues of human rights challenges and protections, health care and pandemic diseases, and transnational crime

Application Procedures: Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Letter of application that describes the proposed course
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • One page draft syllabus
  • Letter of support from department chair

Applications must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments, to the following email address: The application deadline for the Spring 2017 competition is noon, Friday April 7, 2017.


Prior Course Development Grant Award Winners

Spring 2016


Dr. Mark Berlin, Political Science: "Torture"


Dr. Scott Dale, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Peoples and Cultures of Spain"



Dr. Sameena Mulla, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Culture, Health and Illness"




Spring 2015


Dr. Pilar Bellver, Foreign Languages and Literature: "Writing Nature: Environmental Justice in Contemporary Latin American Literature"



Dr. Noelle Brigden, Political Science, "The Politics of Migration: International Borders, Transnational Lives"



Dr. Michael McCarthy, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Capitalism and Society"



Dr. Jessica Rich, Political Science: "The Politics of Non-Governmental Organizations"



Spring 2014


Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Issues in American Immigration" (Honors Course)



Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, Theology: "Theology and Globalization"


Spring 2013

Dr. Grant Silva, Philosophy: "The Politics and Ethics of State Membership"

Spring 2012

Dr. John Su, English: to significantly revise ENGL4840 "Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures"

Spring 2011

Dr. Roberta Coles, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Food and Society."


Dr. Alexandra Crampton, Social and Cultural Sciences: "International Social Welfare and Justice Policy and Practice."

Syllabus; Honors syllabus

Dr. Barrett McCormick (Political Science), Dr. Daniel Meisner (History), Dr. Curtis Carter (Philosophy), Dr. Terrence Miller (Office of International Education): "China in Three Dimensions"


Spring 2010

Dr. Pilar Bellver Saez, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Border Stories: Identity, Community, and Conflict in U.S. and Mexican Literature on the Border."


Dr. Irfan A. Omar, Theology:" Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts: Exploring Peace and Nonviolence through Christian-Muslim Dialogue."


Spring 2009

Dr. John Su, English: "Literature of Migration and the Dream of Transnational Justice."


Dr. Michael Duffey, Theology: grant awarded to revise the introductory course and capstone seminar for the Interdisciplinary Minor, and proposed major, in Justice and Peace Studies.


Spring 2008

Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, English: "Studies in Genre: American History and the Novel"


Dr. Michael Wreen, Philosophy: "Justice and Conflict Resolution: Relativism, Tolerance, Mercy, and Forgiveness"


Spring 2007

Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Immigrants and their Communities"


Spring 2006

Dr. Ruth Belknap, Nursing: "Migration and Health: Mexico and the United States"


Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy: "War, Terrorism and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution"



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