Eccles Visiting Scholar Discusses Global Studies in the 21st Century

Published: March 24, 2016 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Eccles Visiting Scholar Discusses Global Studies in the 21st CenturyManfred B. Steger, professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii’i-Mānoa, has been invited to present at SUU as an Eccles Visiting Scholar during the next Convocation of the 2016 spring semester. Steger will make his presentation, “What is Global Studies? Theory & Practice,” on Thursday, Mar. 31 at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Gilbert Great Hall. The event is free and open to the general public.

“Professor Steger has been invited to SUU as an Eccles Visiting Scholar as well as a featured speaker for International Week. The Masters of Public Administration program, directed by Ravi Roy, has been instrumental in bringing him here to campus,” said Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, director of Convocations and professor of creative writing at SUU.

An expert voice on globalization and globalism, Steger also serves as an Honorary Professor of Global Studies at RMIT University (Melbourne), where his previous leadership positions were head of the School of International and Community Studies and director of the Globalism Research Centre. Other reputable positions of his through the years have included: current member of the editorial board of Globalizations and the American Political Science Review; Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Studies Consortium; academic consultant on globalization for the U.S. State Department; and advisor to the PBS TV series, “Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism.”

Steger is the author of 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and the author or editor of 23 books on globalization, social theory, and political theory. His book Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013) is considered one of the most important and widely-read sources on the topic, having sold nearly 250,000 copies worldwide along with being translated into 14 languages. Other notable works include: The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2008); the award-winning Globalisms: The Great Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century, 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); and Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy (Sage, 2013).

Steger’s impressive academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Political Science (1990) and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science (1991), both earned at the University of Hawaii’i-Mānoa, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science (1995) from Rutgers University.

Eccles Visiting Scholars are supported by a generous grant from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. As an Eccles Scholar, Professor Steger will spend several days on campus visiting classes and engaging with students in a variety of venues. Immediately following his convocation address, Steger will be signing copies of his bestselling Globalization: A Very Short Introduction.

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