Course Development

The Center for Transnational Justice supports the development of innovative courses that explore issues of justice that transcend national borders.

Each spring the center awards up to four summer grants for full-time faculty to develop new courses or significantly revise existing courses. The course must be taught at least once within the three semesters following the award.

Proposals are sought especially in the following areas:

  • Migration: including issues of immigration policy, refugees and asylum seekers, migrant workers, forced migration and human trafficking, and immigrant incorporation
  • Economics, politics and Justice: including issues of hunger, environmental policy and practice, global economic crises and development
  • Human Security: including issues of human rights challenges and protections, health care and pandemic diseases, and transnational crime

Prior award winners and their course syllabi are listed below.


Application Procedures (Next competition Spring 2022)

The center announces a call for proposals in early February with a submission deadline in late-March - mid-April. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Letter of application that describes the proposed course
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • One-page draft syllabus
  • Letter of support from department chair

Applications must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word email attachments to the center director. Prior winners from the past two award cycles are ineligible to reapply.

Prior Grant Recipients

Spring 2021

For this funding cycle, CTJ shifted to two rounds of small grant awards focused on exploring issues of systemic racism. Awarded in November and December 2020, these grants supported faculty initiatives to enhance courses scheduled to be taught in the Spring 2021 semester. CTJ awarded 15 grants to faculty in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from the following Departments: English; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Social and Cultural Sciences; and Theology.

Spring 2020

  • Dr. Brian Palmer-Rubin, Political Science: "The Politics of Food."
  • Dr. Enaya Othman, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: "Re-envision of Disability."
  • Dr. Desiree Valentine, Philosophy, "Feminist Philosophy."

Spring 2019

  • Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: "Latin America and U.S. Latinx Contemporary Issues through Film and Cultural Theory."

Spring 2018

  • Dr. Sonia Barnes, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice.”
  • Dr. Noelle Brigden, Political Science, “The Global Politics of Street Gangs: Community at the Intersections of Local/Global, War/Peace and Criminal/Political.”
  • Dr. Jessica Rich and Dr. Barrett McCormick, Political Science, to significantly revise INIA 4997 Interdisciplinary Major in International Affairs (INIA) Capstone Seminar.

Spring 2017

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Research in Peace Studies: Islamic Immersion."
  • Dr. Emily Lynch, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Everyday Life of Refugees."
  • Dr. Roberta Coles, Social and Cultural Sciences: "War, Peace and Society."
  • Dr. John Pustejovsky, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Living with Hitler: Then and Since."

Spring 2016

  • Dr. Mark Berlin, Political Science: "The Politics of Torture."
  • Dr. Scott Dale, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Peoples and Cultures of Spain."
  • Dr. Sameena Mulla, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Culture, Health and Illness."

Spring 2015

  • Dr. Pilar Bellver, Foreign Languages and Literature: "Writing Nature: Environmental Justice in Contemporary Latin American Literature."
  • Dr. Noelle Brigden, Political Science, "The Politics of Migration: International Borders, Transnational Lives."
  • Dr. Michael McCarthy, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Capitalism and Society."
  • Dr. Jessica Rich, Political Science: "The Politics of Non-Governmental Organizations."

Spring 2014

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Issues in American Immigration." (Honors Course)
  • Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, Theology: "Theology and Globalization."

Spring 2013

  • Dr. Grant Silva, Philosophy: "The Politics and Ethics of State Membership."

Spring 2012

  • Dr. John Su, English: to significantly revise ENGL 4840 "Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures."

Spring 2011

  • Dr. Roberta Coles, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Food and Society."
  • Dr. Alexandra Crampton, Social and Cultural Sciences: "International Social Welfare and Justice Policy and Practice."
  • Dr. Barrett McCormick, Political Science, Dr. Daniel Meisner, History, Dr. Curtis Carter, Philosophy, Dr. Terrence Miller, Office of International Education: "China in Three Dimensions."

Spring 2010

  • Dr. Pilar Bellver Saez, Foreign Languages and Literatures: "Border Stories: Identity, Community, and Conflict in U.S. and Mexican Literature on the Border."
  • Dr. Irfan A. Omar, Theology: "Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts: Exploring Peace and Nonviolence through Christian-Muslim Dialogue."

Spring 2009

  • Dr. Michael Duffey, Theology: grant awarded to revise the introductory course and capstone seminar for the interdisciplinary minor, and proposed major in Justice and Peace Studies.
  • Dr. John Su, English: "Literature of Migration and the Dream of Transnational Justice."

Spring 2008

  • Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, English: "Studies in Genre: American History and the Novel."
  • Dr. Michael Wreen, Philosophy: "Justice and Conflict Resolution: Relativism, Tolerance, Mercy and Forgiveness."

Spring 2007

  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences: "Immigrants and their Communities."

Spring 2006

  • Dr. Ruth Belknap, Nursing: "Migration and Health: Mexico and the United States."
  • Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy: "War, Terrorism and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution."