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PGG PhD: Governance and Globalization Track

The Governance and Globalization Track within the Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG-GG) draws together insights from the social sciences and humanities in order to study governance processes at all levels of society and international affairs.  The PGG-GG track offers a unique environment in which faculty advisers and students work closely together. Students build from interdisciplinary perspectives to leverage their professional experiences when exploring scholarly puzzles.

The PGG-GG Difference:

  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate working professionals (part-time students)
  • Our courses are offered in the evenings and online
  • Individualized guidance from faculty advisers
  • Prior graduate credits can be counted towards the degree
  • Rolling admissions

The PGG degree consists of 90 credit hours (30 hours of coursework + 30 research and dissertation hours). Students can transfer up to 30 hours of graded coursework from their Master’s degree. Full- and part-time students are welcome!

PGG-GG track is offered in Blacksburg and Arlington (Washington D.C. Metro Area).

In Arlington, some of our PGG-GG students attend classes full-time but the majority is made of working professionals who take classes on a part-time basis. Our courses are offered from 7:00 to 9:30pm, which works well with their schedules. Each course is offered once a week. Full-time students take between 3 and 4 courses a semester. Part-time students take 1 or 2 courses per semester. We also offer online courses taught by our own full-time faculty.

The total of 90 credits required can be divided into 3 blocks of 30:  

  • 30 credits can be transferred in from your Masters degree
  • 30 credits are taken at VT (about 10 courses)
  • 30 credits are dedicated to research & dissertation (no courses).

We accept applications on a rolling basis and waive the GRE. Admissions are based on:  (i) performance in Master’s program/Academic Transcript, (ii) 3 letters of recommendation, (iii) statement of academic purpose/research interest, (iv) TOEFL scores for non-English natives speakers, and (v) professional background and experience, where applicable. 

Crucial in the evaluation of applications is for the admissions committee to see a clear fit between the research the applicant wishes to develop in the program and the areas of expertise of GIA full-time faculty.

CORE COURSES

GIA/UAP 5004

Power and Policy in the U.S.

GIA/GEOG/GIA 5264

Global Change & Local Impacts

GIA 5314

Middle East Politics and Society

GIA/UAP 5274

Comparative Social Movements

GIA/UAP 5524

International Development

GIA/PSCI 5444

International Politics

GIA/UAP/PAPA 5034

Global Political Economy

GIA/PSCI 5484

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

GIA 5404 (GEOG 5424)

Topics in Political Geography

Required of Ph.D. students: GIA 6114 Critical Geopolitics

MODES OF INQUIRY/METHODOLOGY COURSES

Required courses:

-  GIA/PSCI 5115 Research Methods

- SPIA 6006: Pedagogy

 

UAP 5224

Quantitative Techniques

GIA/PSCI 5354

Public Policy Analysis

GIA/PSCI 5214

Contemporary Political Theory

GIA/PSCI 5224

Alternative Political Theory

GIA/UAP/PAPA 5464

Qualitative Methods in Global Studies

GIA/PSCI 5474

Global Governance

GIA//UAP/PSCI 5504

Discourse Analysis

*Or another committee-approved methods/theory course

ELECTIVES within GIA
[outside-of-GIA electives are also available if in line with the student’s plan of study]

GIA/UAP/PSCI 5254

Global Conflicts  (strongly encouraged)

GIA 5624

Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

GIA PSCI 5514

Global Security (strongly encouraged)

GIA 5614

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

GIA/PSCI 5434

Politics of Developing Areas

GIA/PSCI 5584

Environmental Politics and Policy

GIA/PSCI 6124

Topics in Security Studies

GIA/PSCI 6134

Topics in Conflict Analysis

GIA/PSCI 6144

Topics in Global Governance

 

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available each year.

Current and Past Research Topics

Possible research areas include:

  • US foreign policy,
  • new global security threats,
  • conflict resolution,
  • studies in critical geopolitics,
  • global social policy,
  • global political economy,
  • international development challenges and institutions,
  • social movements and
  • political systems.

Faculty expertise covers the regional politics of post-Soviet Eurasia, the Balkans, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Dissertation topics – In progress  

  • Eric Reading – the dynamics shaping global development assistance.
  • Gabriel Mitchell – the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Craig M. Johnson – international organizations and nuclear security.
  • Martin Cho – International policy and new energy technology.
  • Jeanette Ruiz – Informal networks and communication technologies.
  • Pishtiwan Jawal – political Islam, democracy and the Kurdish issue.
  • Gela Merabishvili – Sub-national actors’ influence in international politics.
  • Joe Karle – US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/1.
  • Kevin Rosier – international political economy and development.
  • Brett R. Netto – the English School of International Relations Theory and Russian perception of International Society.

Recently Defended Ph.D dissertations:

  • Putu Desy Apriliani, 2019, Blacksburg – The effects of microfinance on gender relations in Bali’
  • Jake Keyel, 2019, Blacksburg – Social and political pressures on, and self-perceptions of, Iraqi refugees in the United States
  • Ashleigh Breske, 2018, Blacksburg – The governance of repatriation-returning history in a globalized world
  • Carl Ciovacco, 2018, NCR – Perceptions of threat and US-China relations.
  • Gregory Kruczek, 2018, NCR – nationalism, conflict and Middle Eastern Christian communities
  • Dallas Shaw, 2017, NCR – military and civilian interventions in “weak”, “failing” and “failed states”.
  • Arnold Dupuy, 2016, NCR – “Changing Patterns of Regionalism and Security in the Wider Black Sea Area: The Transformative Impact of Energy”.
  • Sonya Finley, 2016, NCR – “Recommending Political Warfare: The Role of Eisenhower’s Committee on International Information Activities in the US’s Approach to the Cold War”.
  • Bryan Riddle, 2016, NCR – “Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines and Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghnistan”
  • Michelline Stokes, 2015, Blacksbug – “The Household Survival Strategies of Manufacturing Workers Displaced in Henry County and New River Valley, VA”.
  • David Belt, 2014, NCR – “A Muslim-led Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism”.
  • Adis Maksic, 2014, NCR – “Mobilizing for Ethnic Violence? Ethno-National Political Parties and the Dynamics of Ethno Politicization."

Valeska Rodriguez Alvarado valeska@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Giselle Datz and Professor Tim Luke

Nada Alwadi nada5@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Delovan Barwari delovan@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Matthew Carpenter matthewdc@vt.edu
None stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Jon Catherwood-Ginn rjginn@vt.edu
Civic Practice, Arts and Community Change, Neoliberalism and New Economies, Decolonization, Cultural Democracy; Arts-Based Practices in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Governance; Performance Studies
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Randell Zuleka Dauda rdauda@vt.edu
International Development in Africa, Framework of INGOs, Forced Migration
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
Building Stories: How Narrative Has Shaped the Physical Redevelopment of Detroit
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

El Sayed Ghannam eghannam@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Internationalization of Cooperative Extension Systems
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Brian Hobbs briansthobbs@vt.edu
Defense & Aerospace Industry; Northeast Asia; Japan; Korea; China; Taiwan
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” F. Landgraf III wfland3@vt.edu
How NATO Interprets Security Challenges Associated With Its Functional and Territorial Expansion in Eastern Europe and Former-Soviet Republics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professors Joyce Rothschild and Edward Weisband

Aislinn McCann aislinnm@vt.edu
Global Internet Governance and Human Rights-based Norms
Primary Advisors: Dr. Eric Jardine and Dr. Yannis Stivachtis

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
U.S. Geopolitical Considerations of the Arctic
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Cohesion and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Metro Detroit
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Patricia Parera patric7@vt.edu
Including the excluded: change toward social inclusion; Violence against Women, the case of indigenous adolescent girls in Guatemala
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Jasper Schneider jaspers@vt.edu
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Nareg Seferian seferian@vt.edu
Public Memory, National Identity, and the Narratives of States
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Elmamoun Sulfab esulfab@vt.edu
Cyber Conflict, National Security, Gulf States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Raymond Thomas rct1590@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Paul Avey and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Identity and Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
It Takes a Village to Do Microfinance Right: Effects of Microfinance on Gender Relations in Bali
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Framing Islam as a Threat: A Political Strategy of Key U.S. Conservatives, 2001-2012
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Governance of Repatriation, Cultural Property in Politically Unstable Regions
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Reconceptions of Home and Identity within the Post-War Bosnian Diaspora in the United States
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Critical Theory
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson

Kristin Kirk kckirk@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Assessing Nonprofit Websites: Developing an Evaluation Model
Primary Advisor:  Professor Max Stephenson

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Organizational Democracy and Women’s Empowerment: An Examination of Four Advocacy Organizations in Bangladesh
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syria; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Community Cultural Development, Critical Social Theory, New Institutionalism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Mobilizing for Ethnic Violence? Ethno-national Political Parties and the Dynamics of Ethno-politicization
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Where Market Meets Community: An Economic and Gender Study of Microfinance in The Gambia
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Migration and Migratory Journey Narratives, Apparatus of Capture of Mobility in the EU and Tactics of Escape
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Sezaneh Seymour
What Factors are Associated with Multilateral Environmental Agreement Noncompliance, and Can Agreement Provisions Be Designed to Mitigate Them?
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joel Peters

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
Harsh and Philanthropic War: US Third-Party Counterinsurgency Interventions
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Michelline Stokes MStokes@wichita.gov
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisors: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson