Course Development

The Center for Transnational Justice supports the development of innovative courses that explore issues of justice that transcend national borders.

Each spring the center awards up to four summer grants for full-time faculty to develop new courses or significantly revise existing courses. The course must be taught at least once within the three semesters following the award.

Proposals are sought especially in the following areas:

  • Migration: including issues of immigration policy, refugees and asylum seekers, migrant workers, forced migration and human trafficking, and immigrant incorporation
  • 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

Prior award winners and their course syllabi are listed below.


Application Procedures (Next competition Spring 2021)

The center announces a call for proposals in early February with a submission deadline in late-March - mid-April. 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 email attachments to the center director. Prior winners from the past two award cycles are ineligible to reapply.

Prior Grant Recipients

Spring 2020

  • Dr. Brian Palmer-Rubin, Political Science: "The Politics of Food."
  • Dr. Enaya Othman, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: "Re-envision of Disability."
  • Dr. Desiree Valentine, Philosophy, "Feminist Philosophy."

Spring 2019

  • Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: "Latin America and U.S. Latinx Contemporary Issues through Film and Cultural Theory."

Spring 2018

  • Dr. Sonia Barnes, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice.”
  • Dr. Noelle Brigden, Political Science, “The Global Politics of Street Gangs: Community at the Intersections of Local/Global, War/Peace and Criminal/Political.”
  • Dr. Jessica Rich and Dr. Barrett McCormick, Political Science, to significantly revise INIA 4997 Interdisciplinary Major in International Affairs (INIA) Capstone Seminar.

Spring 2017

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Research in Peace Studies: Islamic Immersion."
  • Dr. Emily Lynch, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Everyday Life of Refugees."
    Syllabus: Refugees, Statelessness and Everyday Life
  • Dr. Roberta Coles, Social and Cultural Sciences: "War, Peace and Society."
    Syllabus: SOCI 3930 War & Peace
  • Dr. John Pustejovsky, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Living with Hitler: Then and Since."
    Syllabus: GRMN 3210: German Literature in English Translation

Spring 2016

  • Dr. Mark Berlin, Political Science: "Torture." Syllabus: POSC 4931/5931: The Politics of Torture
  • Dr. Scott Dale, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Peoples and Cultures of Spain."
    Syllabus: SPAN 3300: Peoples and Cultures of Spain
  • Dr. Sameena Mulla, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Culture, Health and Illness."
    Syllabus: SOCI 3500: Culture, Health and Illness

Spring 2015

  • Dr. Pilar Bellver, Foreign Languages and Literature: "Writing Nature: Environmental Justice in Contemporary Latin American Literature." Syllabus: Writing Nature
  • Dr. Noelle Brigden, Political Science, "The Politics of Migration: International Borders, Transnational Lives." Syllabus: The Politics of Migration
  • Dr. Michael McCarthy, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Capitalism and Society." Syllabus: SOCI 4450: Capitalism and Society
  • Dr. Jessica Rich, Political Science: "The Politics of Non-Governmental Organizations."
    Syllabus: The Politics of NGOs

Spring 2014

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Issues in American Immigration." (Honors Course) Syllabus: SOWJ 2150: Immigrants and their Communities
  • Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, Theology: "Theology and Globalization." Syllabus: THEO 4390: Studies/Systematic Theology

Spring 2013

  • Dr. Grant Silva, Philosophy: "The Politics and Ethics of State Membership." Syllabus: PHIL 6710: The Politics and Ethics of State Membership

Spring 2012

  • Dr. John Su, English: to significantly revise ENGL 4840 "Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures."
    Syllabus: ENGL 4840/5840: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature

Spring 2011

  • Dr. Roberta Coles, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Food and Society." Syllabus: SOCI 3930: Food, Water and Society
  • Dr. Alexandra Crampton, Social and Cultural Sciences: "International Social Welfare and Justice Policy and Practice." Syllabus: SOWJ 4931: International Social Welfare and Justice; 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." Syllabus: China in Interdisciplinary Perspective

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." Syllabus: SPAN 4931/5931: Border Stories
  • Dr. Irfan A. Omar, Theology: "Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts: Exploring Peace and Nonviolence through Christian-Muslim Dialogue." Syllabus: THEO 2410: Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Spring 2009

  • 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.
    Syllabus: INJP 4997: Justice and Peace Studies Capstone
  • Dr. John Su, English: "Literature of Migration and the Dream of Transnational Justice."
    Syllabus: ENGL 4310/5310: Literatures of Migration and the Dream of Transnational Justice

Spring 2008

  • Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, English: "Studies in Genre: American History and the Novel." Syllabus: ENGL 4710/4996/5710: Studies in Genre: American History and the Novel
  • Dr. Michael Wreen, Philosophy: "Justice and Conflict Resolution: Relativism, Tolerance, Mercy and Forgiveness." Syllabus: Justice and Conflict Resolution

Spring 2007

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Immigrants and their Communities." Syllabus: SOWJ 2150

Spring 2006

  • Dr. Ruth Belknap, Nursing: "Migration and Health: Mexico and the United States." Syllabus: HEAL 1931
  • Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy: "War, Terrorism and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution." Syllabus: PHIL 190