Center for Global Studies

Established in 2006, the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Purdue University Northwest is a research and educational center designed to promote multidisciplinary research on globalization and area studies.

Focusing on the humanities and social sciences, the CGS is also committed to studying practice-oriented fields, such as international relations, global environment, and global health.

The CGS coordinates global studies at PNW by facilitating faculty and students’ collaboration on research and educational activities and aids in developing courses and programs in international studies.

The Center was founded by Advisory Board members Kathleen Tobin, Ph.D. and Alan Spector, Ph.D., CGS Director Lee Artz, Ph.D., and Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour who is currently the Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the North Carolina A&T State University.

Our Mission

To conduct quality research and analyze globalization and its effect on political, cultural, and socio-economic conditions globally and in Northwest Indiana, the Chicago area, and the greater Midwest.

To propose public policy changes that advance the potential for human creativity and public access to and benefit from technological improvements within equitable and ecologically sustainable directions, including expanding citizen participation in decision-making.

To contribute research, education, public communication, publication, and collaboration in the exploration of the problems and contradictions, domestic and global, resulting from the emerging transnational world.

Contact Information

Lee Artz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Global Studies
116 D Porter

Meet Our Faculty


Lee Artz

Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies


Hammond, Porter Hall 116D

Faculty Members

Amlan Mitra

Amlan Mitra, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Economics

(219) 989-2313

Hammond Campus, Classroom Office Building (CLO), Room 248

José Castro-Urioste

José Castro-Urioste, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

(219) 989-2019

Hammond, CLO 282

Kathleen Tobin

Kathleen A. Tobin, Ph.D.

Professor of History

(219) 989-3192

Hammond Campus, CLO 250

Kenneth Kincaid

Kenneth Ralph Kincaid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

(219) 989-5244

Hammond, CLO 246

Mita Choudhury, Ph.D.

Professor of English

(219) 989-2262

Hammond, CLO 276

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Minor in Global Studies

The global studies minor will engage students in thinking critically about how global trends shape today’s world. It will prepare students for careers with an international focus by exposing them to world languages, histories, and cultural and business practices.

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