Message from the Director

Dear Friends of the Mortara Center,
The Mortara Center plays a critical role in fostering student and faculty research across the School of Foreign Service. In this past year, we undertook a series of new initiatives dedicated to this effort. Together with the Government Department, we invited five high profile speakers to inaugurate a conversation on Remapping International Relations. This multi-year effort seeks to inject diverse voices and alternative perspectives to our understanding of international studies. Mortara hosted the Global Governance Lab, bringing together faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in research teams devoted to studying the complex interactions resulting from economic and political interdependence. Finally, the Center selected its first cohort of Mortara Faculty Fellows. The program supports faculty research and spurs interdisciplinary engagement. The first cohort will focus on two clusters: Globalization and disorder and social stratification. Faculty fellows will engage in a multiyear effort to address these issues.

The past year highlighted the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration so critical to the mission at the School of Foreign Service as the Mortara Center continued to host events supporting the whole research cycle. We held three book workshops to advance faculty research projects spanning topics from interstate wars to syndemics. We helped five Georgetown faculty members across SFS and the University launch their book publications. As part of our mission to bring SFS research to broader audiences, we organized two “In the News” events on Russia and US Foreign Policy and on Brexit, bridging cutting edge academic insight to real world problems. 2016-17 also continued our extensive series of seminars, fostering research to help address the most urgent questions facing the globe.

I hope that you will read on to learn more about our work during the past year and come to the next Mortara event to be inspired by the breadth of international studies at Georgetown.

Director, Mortara Center for International Studies
Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service