Students in international studies develop an understanding of the complex interactions of politics, culture, history, and economics that shape global relations.

The study of the international is about comprehending how actors and institutions at the global and local level come to terms with forces of change.

The interdisciplinary major in International Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to learn about these changes by developing a common body of knowledge in a set of core courses, and then encouraging their explorations through one of several paths in the form of area concentrations. The concentrations are International Relations, which is designed for students seeking a broad understanding of the historical, political, and economic processes that influence world affairs; Development Studies, a concentration that examines the dilemmas of economic, social, and political transformation in the developing world; and Comparative Studies, in which students may focus their learning on a specific region of the world (or combine regions in comparative perspective). In all instances, the program faculty strongly encourage students to study abroad as an essential element of their intellectual experience.
The International Studies program’s commitment to a liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursing careers in business, journalism, politics, or law in the international arena. The major also assists students in meeting the requirements of leading graduate programs in diplomacy, international relations, business, politics, and public policy.

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Dina Badie

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Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Associate Professor International Studies • Chair of the International Studies Program International Studies, Politics --  Crounse Hall—447 Work Phone: 859.238.5770

Dina Badie joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of  international studies. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.

Her research and teaching interests include International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Middle East & East Asian Politics, Oil Politics, and Foreign Policy. Her work has been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, and The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy.

Badie received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.


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Robert Bosco

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Associate Professor of International Studies International Studies

Robert M. Bosco is Associate Professor of International Studies at Centre College, where he teaches class in International Relations, International Law, Religion and Global Politics, International Political Economy, and European Politics. 


Dr. Bosco is a Critical Theorist of Religion whose work explores the implications of Critical approaches to religion for understanding global politics.  His current research is grounded in an approach that conceives of Political Theology as a critique of liberal international law and violence.  The first stage of this project, for example, significantly expands on Walter Benjamin’s concept of Capitalism as Religion to understand and critique liberal international law and interventionist war.  The second stage of the project applies the elaborated thesis of Capitalism as Religion to the subject of ecology. 


Dr. Bosco has published on Religious Socialism as a national and transnational social movement (Bosco 2019; Bosco 2018.)  He continues to write on this topic, most recently working on the Religious Socialism of Martin Buber, and the Buddhist (Dhammic) Socialism of Buddhadhasa Bhikku.


His first book, Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State (2014, University of Michigan Press) was a comparative analysis of the political and ideological processes behind the shaping of liberal Islam by the U.K., France, and the United States. 


Securing the Sacred does not shy from controversy and thus raises important questions…a fascinating and compelling contribution to the burgeoning literature on religion and international relations, and to work on secularism and on securitization more specifically.”

-Ron Hassner, Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley


Dr. Bosco’s earliest work used Critical perspectives in Religious Studies to reveal Orientalist assumptions in post-9/11 treatments of religion in International Relations theory (Bosco 2009.) 




Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2009. 

M.A., International Affairs, American University, Washington D.C., 2001.

B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1996.


Selected Publications:




Bosco, Robert M. 2014.  Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 




Bosco, Robert M. 2019. “Religious Socialists in Post-Secular Europe” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 20 (1): 121-134.


Bosco, Robert M. 2018. “The DSA’s Religion and Socialism Commission: A Social Movement Analysis.” Critical Research on Religion 6(2): 151-167.


Bosco, Robert M.  2014.  “Battlefield Dharma: American Buddhists in American Wars.”  Journal of Buddhist Ethics (21): 826-849.


Bosco, Robert M. and Lori Hartman-Mahmud. 2011.  “The Securitization of Park51.” Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice 23 (4): 530-536.


Bosco, Robert M. 2010. “The Assassination of Rafik Hariri: Foreign Policy Perspectives.” International Political Science Review 30 (4): 349-361. 


Bosco, Robert M.  2010. “Religion and International Development.” The International Studies Encyclopedia.  Oxford and New York: Wiley Blackwell.


Bosco, Robert M. 2009. “Persistent Orientalisms: The Concept of Religion in International Relations.” Journal of International Relations and Development 12 (1): 90-111. 




2018-Present: Research Associate, Center for Critical Research on Religion


2018-Present: Member, Editorial Board, Critical Research on Religion


2009-2010: Research Fellow, Religion and International Security, JFK School of Government,

 Harvard University


2006: Summer Fellowship, Globalization and Religion, Boston University School of Theology



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Jonathon Earle

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Associate Professor of History • Chair of African and African American Studies Program History Work Crounse Hall—466 Work Phone: 859.238.5941

Jonathon Earle is assistant professor of history and current chair of the African and African American Studies Program. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of history. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in religion and theology, respectively, he completed his doctoral studies in history at the University of Cambridge.

At Cambridge, he facilitated tutorials, lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, teaching on the history of modern Africa and historical methodology. At Centre, Earle has worked to develop a creative pedagogy, which often leads him to incorporate community-based learning into the heart of his courses. In his course on precolonial African kingdoms, for example, he uses a nearby burial ground for enslaved western Africans to think about continuities and ruptures across the Black Atlantic. His upper-level seminar on Idi Amin’s Uganda includes video discussions with authors and collaborative research at the National Archives at College Park and the Smithsonian Institute of African Art. Professor Earle has directed two studies abroad in Uganda and Rwanda. The course’s chronology is far-reaching, ranging from precolonial state formation to the postcolonial period. Its scope is equally comprehensive, exploring two forms of political organization: clan-based republics and monarchical states. Through cultural immersion and modular learning, students critically engage with local cultures, communities and histories, developing the necessary research skills to critically explore Africa’s sophisticated social and moral landscapes. Earle also co-directed the Centre-in-London Program in 2017, during which he incorporated contested spaces throughout London and Northern Ireland to study the history of anticolonial politics following the Second World War.

At Centre, Earle has maintained an aggressive research agenda. He has presented material at thirteen sessions at conferences and workshops since Fall 2012. Most recently, he has presented his work at the Universities of Cambridge, Makerere (in partnership with SOAS) and Yale. He is also an active collaborator, having recently co-organized a workshop on Terrorism in Africa at the University of Oxford (2017), and a workshop on Emerging Approaches in Uganda Studies at University College London (2017). His most recent book, Colonial Buganda and the End of Empire: Political Thought and Historical Imagination in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2017), has been hailed as offering a “thrilling new stand in Ganda historiography”, where another scholar notes: “With this book Earle becomes a leader in re-thinking the history of African nationalisms. His scrutiny of private papers undiscovered by previous historians allows us to eavesdrop on the political thought of late-colonial activists as never before.” His research has also been published in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press), Journal of Eastern African Studies (Routledge) and Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press). He has two chapters under review with Ohio University Press and one article under review with History in Africa (Cambridge University Press). Earle has also taken an active role in the preservation and digitization of archives in Uganda, including the private papers of E.M.K Mulira, Uganda’s foremost constitutional thinker, which are now available through Cambridge, and the Soroti District Archives.

Earle is currently working on two projects. First, with the support of a Stodghill Research Professorship, he is co-authoring a biography of Uganda’s first prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, with Jay J. Carney (Creighton University), which is under review with the Religion in Transforming African Series (Boydell & Brewer/James Currey). Second, he is using the railway in colonial Kenya and Uganda to explore the history of the concept of time in eastern Africa.

Earle is the recipient of numerous awards. For outstanding teaching, scholarship and service, he was appointed a Centre Scholar in 2016, and he was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2017. He was named the Delta Delta Delta Professor of the Year in 2016.


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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.



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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.

Ravi Radhakrishnan

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Associate Professor of Economics Economics Work Crounse Hall—465 Work Phone: 859.238.5266 Website: More about Professor Radhakrishnan

Ravi Radhakrishnan joined Centre College in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Economics.

Prior to joining Centre College, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests lie in the area of economic growth and political economy. He teaches a variety of classes at Centre College including macroeconomic analysis, economic growth, international trade, and Money & Banking.

He received is Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech., and a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from Delhi University, India.


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