2022 Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

Emma Bathke, Sally Burkley, and Noell Evans were selected to present their research at the 2022 National Student Research Conference, sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha. Presentations: Emma Bathke, "The Duality of English in Indian Education and Statecraft." Sally Burkley, "The Relationship Between Late Night, Twitter, and Political Literacy in 2020." Noell Evans, "Hegemony: On India's Status in the South Asian Region."   Conference Program PDF: Check out the Pi Sigma Alpha conference program for more information.   … [Read more...]

Gender, Nation-building, and Politics in Afghanistan: the Last Two Decades

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, political stakeholders in Afghanistan went to work to write a constitution and lay the foundation of a new, democratic political system. A significant focus of this nation-building effort was to provide representation and rights to women. Our speakers will discuss these processes, the outcomes of these efforts and the likely future prospects for women and politics in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return. When: Oct 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Where: Zoom Youtube recording of the event! Flyer for the event! … [Read more...]

A Roundtable on the Implication of the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

At the end of August 2021, US forces withdrew from Afghanistan ending a twenty-year presence in that country. Scholars and analysts have praised and criticized the move in equal measure. As we try to make sense of the events, a host of questions emerge: Why did the US withdraw from Afghanistan? Is this a good policy decision for the US? What does the decision mean for Afghanistan? What does it mean for the countries in its neighborhood? What impact will the withdrawal likely have on the Biden administration? The speakers on the panel will address these and other related questions. When: 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, September 23 2021 Where: On Zoom. Youtube recording of the event! Flyer for the event! … [Read more...]

Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship

The National Bureau of Asian Research is Extending educational, professional, and mentorship opportunities to students of color who are interested in pursuing a career in international affairs and Asia policy. Check out the Fellowship Application to apply or read below to learn more! … [Read more...]

Professor Larus Debates on US Sanctioning of Chinese and Russian Firms

PSIA Department Chair Elizabeth Larus debated analysts from Shanghai, Moscow, and Budapest on US sanctioning of Chinese and Russian firms on Indus News episode 78 “In Focus: South Asia” on December 1, 2020. … [Read more...]

2020 Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

Six UMW Political Science and International Affairs major students presented their research at the Feb. 15 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. To learn more, go to UMW’s EagleEye for an article on the PSA 2020 Conference. … [Read more...]

Path Opens for Emily Rothstein ’18 with Study Abroad

International Affairs alum Emily Rothstein '18 has been abroad for both studies and employment. Her time at Mary Washington expanded her horizons to the world, fueling her career path. Check out more information about this on the UMW article Study Abroad Carves Career Path for Alumna. … [Read more...]

Gender in Afghan Culture and Refugee Resettlement

Speakers: Ms. Kristen Larcher and Ms. Nasira Talib Catholic Charities, Fredericksburg Wednesday, November 13 Monroe 212 12:00-12:50 pm Catholic Charities helps immigrants and refugees in Fredericksburg by providing services such as legal immigration consultation and representation, English-language instruction, adult education programs, workforce development training, naturalization assistance, bilingual community education, and refugee resettlement and assistance services. In this lecture, Ms. Larcher and Ms. Talib will share their insights on the intersection of culture and gender in the context of refugee relocation. … [Read more...]

PSIA 2019 Research and Creativity Day

PSIA Students Present at Research and Creativity Day. Continue reading to see the schedule for PSIA student posters and presentations. … [Read more...]

Julia Gibbons Presents at 2019 Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

UMW senior and International Affairs major Julia Gibbons presented her undergraduate Honors Thesis, “Female Secondary School Stipend Programs in Bangladesh and Pakistan,” at the 2019 Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) National Student Research Conference. … [Read more...]