Area Studies Center At

University of Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education

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Global Society & Sustainable Development

Our Global Society and Sustainable Development initiatives foster the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders through examining the needs of the world’s populations in tandem with a concern for preserving resources for future generations.

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Global Governance

(Security/Law/Human Rights)

CGS facilitates research, teaching and outreach on Security & Natural Resource Conflict as a global issue through an undergraduate certificate, course development, academic conferences and publications, teacher workshops, and informed lectures.

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Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages global health issues through interdisciplinary problem-solving, research, training, and international exchange.

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Global Knowledge


The Center for Global Studies contributes to the Global Studies Library’s collection development. Our Global Knowledge Efforts also facilitate research, teaching and outreach in the area of new information technologies, government policies, and emerging social/communication networks.


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The Center for Global Studies at Illinois

Dear CGS students and affiliates, despite the harsh conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, CGS continues its mission and seeks to work with you during this difficult time.  If you have ideas, projects, or community/online resources (blogs, videos) that would be of interest to our audience and can benefit from our assistance, we are eager to work with you. As we transition to life in the midst of a global pandemic, we intend to remain active and engaged. Please consider partnering with us for your own projects and stay in touch with us on our website, social media, and Eweekly for future announcements and online events.

CGS has created a webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provides global perspectives of the pandemic. Find it HERE.

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Rajmohan Gandhi, “Inequalities, ethnonationalism and the pandemic: An attempt to understand current trends in the U.S. and in India.”

In his upcoming talk for CGS, Prof. Gandhi will examine how the pandemic influenced inequalities in the world’s largest democracies, the U.S. and India. What is the pandemic’s impact on ethnonationalism’s appeal in the two countries? How has it affected their relations with China and with each other?

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Meeting ID: 916 4749 6056
Password: 259765



Global Voices on the Pandemic

The University of Illinois is part of a global community including students, scholars, and artists. All of us are experiencing the pandemic in different ways shaped by culture, the situations of our societies, and our economic and political realities. At the centers and programs in the IGI, we have reached out to friends and colleagues around the world to ask them to share their experiences with us. Read their stories HERE.

Congratulations Ananya Tiwari for winning the Illinois Innovation Prize for $20,000! Ananya is the co-founder of the SwaTaleem Foundation. The SwaTaleem Foundation works with schools in the remotest and poorest parts of India and uses a human-centered design approach to understand and address their educational challenges. CGS is proud to support The SwaTaleem Foundation’s mission to fight child marriage in the vulnerable communities of India through our Global Intersections grant.



Read about The Illinois Innovation Prize and Ananya Tiwari here:

Read about Ananya’s project as well as our other Global Intersections projects here:


Dr. Jenny Amos, a CGS Advisory Board Member, is on a team led by The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health that has developed an emergency ventilator prototype that is aimed to aid patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about RapidVent HERE.
Read about Dr. Jenny Amos HERE.

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The Center for Global Studies (CGS) office is closed temporarily in accordance with the University of Illinois guidelines set forth by the Chancellor. CGS is open and accessible online.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns:
Associate Director, Donna Tonini:
Director, Steve Witt:
Global Studies Librarian, Lynne Rudasill:
Office Manager, Melinda Porter:
Outreach and FLAS Coordinator, Tim Pollack:

Main phone number: (217)265-5186