Global Commerce is an interdisciplinary program based in the liberal arts that seeks to prepare students for life in a global society and to equip them with essential tools for success in for-profit and non-profit organizations whose activities are transboundary in scope.

Drawing on appropriate preparation in at least one foreign language, students in the program will acquire a foundation in global politics, history, and culture, as well as in the essential institutions, concepts, and practices of global economic and commercial activity.

Long-term study abroad, or a globally themed internship and study abroad during a short term, is required. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to consult with a program committee member early on to plan their preparation for the minor and to discuss course offering schedules.


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Steven Beaudoin

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Ewing T. Boles Professor of History • Chair of Social Studies Division History Work Crounse Hall—429 Work Phone: 859.238.5756

Steven Beaudoin joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting assistant professor of history. He currently serves as Ewing T. Boles Professor of History and Chair of the Division of Social Studies.

He teaches courses on world history, the French Revolution, and 19th- and 20th-century Europe. He served as director of the Centre-in-Europe program in Strasbourg, France in 2000-2001 and again in 2011, and as co-director of the Centre-in-London program in 2004. In 2010, he also taught a CentreTerm course in China.

Beaudoin is author of Poverty in World History (Routledge Press), recently translated into Chinese and soon to be translated into Turkish, and The Industrial Revolution, a reader in Houghton Mifflin’s “Problems in European Civilization” series. Most recently, he published an article on the study of parliamentary debate entitled “La microhistoire, la performance et l’étude de débats parlementaires: le Thermidor de Victorien Sardou et le théâtre de la politique” in Faire parler le Parlement. His current research focuses on a poison pen campaign in the French city of Tulle just after the First World War, which inspired the classic French film, Le courbeau.

Beaudoin holds a B.A. from Bates College, M.A. degrees from University of Maine and Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2004 and 2007, and served as Paul Cantrell Associate Professor of History between 2008 and 2011.


File last updated: 7/31/17


EXPERT: History of modern Europe — France and the Third Republic — Poverty and social welfare — Industrialization — Gender — Philanthropy

Has published on the development of the European welfare state, charity in Third Republic France, the industrial revolution, poverty in world history, and the history of childhood and gender socialization. In addition, teaches classes on world history, modern Europe, industrialization, and gender in Europe and the United States.

Lori Hartmann

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Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Professor of International Studies International Studies Work Crounse Hall—463 Work Phone: 859.238.5250

Lori Hartmann joined the Centre College faculty in 1999. She was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” teaching award in 2000, and a Kirk Teaching Award in 2003. Since 2009 she has held the Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower endowed chair in international studies. During the CentreTerms of 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2015 she took groups of students to Cameroon to study politics and civil society in that Central African country. And In 2006-07 and 2012, she was the director of Centre College’s program in Strasbourg, France.

Hartmann’s scholarly interests have focused on African politics, women and development in West Africa, and the political economy of development. In 2013, she co-published an article with former Centre student Brian Klosterboer in African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has published several articles on the topic of women and development, including: “Pounding Millet during School Hours: obstacles to girls’ formal education in Niger” in the European Journal of Development Research (2011); “The Rural-Urban dynamic and implications for development: perspectives from Nigerien Women” in Journal of Contemporary African Studies (spring 2004) and “A Language of their own: Development Discourse in Niger” in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Winter 2004). Hartmann-Mahmud has also published works on pedagogical issues, for example, “Neoliberalism: a useful tool for teaching critical topics in political science” appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics (Oct 2009). In 2002 her article “War as Metaphor” appeared in Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice.

In 2015-16, Hartmann spent a year in Ethiopia as a Fulbright Fellow at Wollo University conducting a comparative study of Nigerian and Ethiopian literature, with an aim of understanding how that literature reflects a sense of nationalism or national identity. Read more about her research here. Upon her return in the fall of 2016, she took over a three-year term as faculty president.

Hartmann has written op-ed pieces for the Lexington Herald-Leader on issues such as Operation Iraqi Freedom and the African refugee crisis in Europe.

She holds a B.A. from Denison University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver. She was an Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, West Africa; and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.

Hartmann is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has served as the Treasurer and President of Centre’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.



File last updated: 04/11/2016



African politics — Women and development in West Africa — Democratic transitions in Africa — Peace Corps

Former Peace Corps volunteer in Tahoua, Niger, West Africa. An Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar in Senegal, West Africa. Articles published in journals including Africa Today.

Kerry Paumi

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry • Pharmacy School Advisor • Chair of Global Commerce Program Chemistry Work Young Hall—116 Work Phone: 859.238.5324

Kerry Paumi, an assistant professor of chemistry, was named a Centre Scholar in 2015.

Before coming to the College in 2009, Paumi taught at Stevenson University and the University of Kentucky (UK) and was a visiting scientist in the Graduate Center of Toxicology at UK’s School of Medicine. Her work has been published in Organometallics, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature.

Paumi earned a B.S. in chemistry at Gettysburg College, and a Ph.D. at Wake Forest University. She continued her post doctoral training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the biochemistry department and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the pharmacology department.


File last updated: 05/16/18

Marie Petkus

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Ewing T. Boles Associate Professor of Economics • Chair of the Economics and Finance Program Economics Work Crounse Hall—413 Work Phone: 859.238.5235

Marie Petkus joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of economics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. She was appointed Ewing T. Boles Associate Professor of Economics in 2016.

Before coming to Centre, Petkus was a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics and Business School. Her primary research interests are industrial organization and environmental economics. For her dissertation, Petkus measured the price response of Illinois landfill owners to changes in competition arising from a new environmental regulation.

She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in economics. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics as well, from the University of Chicago.


File last updated: 5/2/13