Current Students

Current Global Affairs Ph.D. Profiles

The graduate student body at the Division of Global Affairs is diverse. Representing 47 countries and coming with academic backgrounds in the fields of business, economics, environment, philosophy, politics, and law, among others, our student body contributes to the Division of Global Affairs' unique and truly multidisciplinary reputation.

Ph.D. students choose their topics in the core areas of our program: conflict and human rights, global business and economics, global governance, human and environmental security, and global policy. They work closely with their advisers and committee members to develop a multidisciplinary course of study, research, and writing projects.

Our Ph.D. students and candidates are available for academic reviews, research, and teaching positions. For details on student research interests/specializations and contact information browse the link below:

Testimonials of Global Affairs Students: 


Rochni Nazala (Indonesia): “Dua hal yang mempengaruhi keputusan saya untuk melanjutkan studi di DGA: perspektif interdisipliner, para pengajar serta beasiswa yang DGA sediakan untuk mahasiswa doktoralnya. Saya secara akademik memiliki ketertarikan yang luas terhadap isu-isu hak asasi manusia, politik domestik serta kebijakan luar negeri. Tetapi lingkungan global saat ini yang semakin kompleks berkaitan dengan aktor serta masalahnya membuat saya menyadari bahwa sebuah analisa yang komprehensif terhadap isu-isu tersebut membutuhkan lebih dari pendekatan Hubungan Internasional dan Ilmu Politik yang biasa digunakan saat ini. Oleh karenanya, saya sangat menikmati kesempatan untuk bergabung di kelas pada jurusan-jurusan yang berbeda, seperti politik, hukum, ekonomi, bisnis, sosiologi dan kesehatan. Beragam aktivitas maupun pengajaran di kelas-kelas tersebut telah memperkaya perspekstif keilmuan saya dan secara nyata bermanfaat dalam membantu penelitian doktoral saya. Saya juga mengambil banyak keuntungan dari belajar dan berkerjasama dengan para pengajar yang demikian demanding serta diskusi dengan teman-teman dari berbagai penjuru dunia. Benar-benar lingkungan global!”

“Three key considerations affected my decision to pursue a doctorate in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University: its interdisciplinary perspectives, the faculty and staff, and also scholarships. I am interested in broad topics of human rights, domestic politics, and foreign policy. I am aware that a comprehensive analysis regarding those issues will need more than the merely traditional approach of International Relations and Political Science, particularly in our global environment that is more intricate with regards to the problems and actors involved. I really appreciate the opportunity to enroll in classes within different departments such as politics, law, economics, business, sociology, and health during my study in DGA. Also I benefit from learning and cooperating with outstanding professors in different fields of study as well as sharing experiences with fellow scholars from different corners of the world. It is truly a global environment!”


Yemi Onitiri (Nigeria): Idi ti mofi pinu lati tesiwaju ninu eko giga-aagba wa’ye ni gbati mowa ni Afganistan ninu ise Ologun ti ilu Amerika. Akoko ti mo lo ni ilu yi sipaya okan mi si ise takun-takun to nbe ninu oselu ati itesi waju ara-ilu. Leyin iwadi tankun-takun lori ile-iwe giga to-san, mo pa okan po lori ile-iwe Rutgers ni ilu new jersey, lati ko Eto Agbaye (Global affairs). Awon oluko be ati bi won tise eto prograamu naa ni oje ki o wunmi. Ko da, anfani n be fun eni ti oba fe ko ede keji nitori pe ose Pataki lati se aseyori ni ile-eko giga yi. Gege bi eni toti sise ni orisirisi agbagbe Alagbaye, bi south korea, Iraq, Afghanistan ati bebe lo, eko Eto-Agbaye yi rorun fun mi osi je nkan towunmi pupo. Lati igbati mo ti bere eko naa moti ko npa Ofin-Abgaye, eto-ilosiwaju ilu, ati papa julo eto Oselu. Eto-Agbaye wunmi pupo nitori pe owunmi ni agbara olorun ki emi je ikan lara awon olori ti dari awujo wa ni ijo iwaju. Mofeje ni eni ti omu irorun ba agbegbe mi. Gbogbo eko ti moti ko nibiyi, oti sipaya okan mi si orisi-risi esin, ede, ati isesi. Pelu aseyege ninu eko Eto-Agbaye, mopinu lati sise gege bi Olofintoto ninu oselu ninu ijoba ati idagba-soke kaakiri agbaye.

My desire to pursue a Master’s degree from the Division of Global Affairs (DGA) arose when I was on my last deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. There, I realized how the pragmatic complexity of policymaking and economic development could intertwine with the process of creating order from chaos. After researching several schools of policy programs, I chose the DGA program at the Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey. There are several reasons I wish to pursue this program from Rutgers—one of them being the faculty members—who are well-versed in geopolitical studies of different regions of the world. Moreover, the program teaches both theoretical and empirical analysis of domestic and international policies. Besides its requirement to speak or learn a second language, the Global Affairs program design encompasses different areas of concentration. My academic discipline is global governance, a concentration that spans general areas of study including political economy, international relations and the rule of law. As a former U.S Army Special Operations-Civil Affairs analyst, I have served in multiple overseas assignments including South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus, the decision to acquire an advanced degree in global affairs was a no-brainer. My experience of conducting missions in these locations has inspired me towards becoming a leader, whose efforts will make society a better place. The academic knowledge I have acquired thus far from DGA has given me the confidence to lead and an inclination to pursue a permanent career in governance and development. As a Nigerian born and bred, the cultural diversity of Rutgers-Newark has been a great experience. I learned the differences, as well as the similarities, between cultures, beliefs, and languages. With a degree from DGA, I plan to work as a political analyst, helping nations expand their capacity in governance and development.


Alejandro Giménez-Santana (Spain):  "Desde mi llegada al programa de DGA en la Universidad de Rutgers he vivido un sinfín de experiencias, que me han enriquecido personalmente tanto por sus programas académicos como profesionales. El programa de Global Affairs ofrecido en el campus de Newark de la Universidad de Rutgers, se encuentra convenientemente ubicado a menos de 20 minutos en tren del centro de Nueva York. A mi llegada a Newark como estudiante del programa propio de máster en Global Affairs, descubrí las inmensas posibilidades que ofrece su programa de estudios para acceder a puestos de trabajo en diferentes organizaciones internacionales y ONGs. En mi segundo año como estudiante pude compaginar mis clases, muchas de ellas ofrecidas por las tardes, con un contrato de prácticas en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York, lo que me ofreció experiencia en mi área de estudio. En la actualidad, soy estudiante de doctorado en mi último año de carrera. Mi investigación se centra en las variaciones de los flujos financieros en distintos países de la OCDE (Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico) y su impacto en los sistemas de innovación nacionales."

"Since my arrival to the Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs, I have been personally enriched through many experiences from their academic and professional program. The Global Affairs program offered at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, is conveniently located within 20 minutes by train from central New York.  I discovered the immense potential of its curriculum to access jobs in different international organizations and NGOs.  I combined my classes, many of which are offered in the evenings, with a training contract at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, which gave me experience in my field of study. Currently, I am a PhD student in my final year. My research focuses on variations of financial flows in different countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and its impact on national systems of innovation."


weihaoWeihao Huang (Taiwan):  "在多年傳統國際關係的訓練並為了更精進自我, DGA在跨領域整合的課程設計與對於新興安全問題的專注讓我選擇該系所。舉例來說,透過不同角度對傳統IR觀念的解讀,如權力和策略,我得以更清楚的研究中國崛起。"

"Being trained in international relations and traditional political science, I chose DGA not only for its comprehensive cross-discipline orientation, but also for its focus on new security issues in the post-Cold War era. For instance, I have a clearer path to my research on the rise of China with a comprehensive understanding of traditional IR concepts, such as power and strategy."


unnamedAnna Ikeda (Japan): 国際人権の分野で修士を習得し、5年間働いた後、また大学院に戻ることを決意しました。ちょうど市民的非服従、非暴力運動に興味を持ち始めた時期でもあり、そういった内容を国際関係学の視点から学べる大学を探していたところ、住んでいる場所のすぐ近くにあるラトガーズ大学に、まさに自分が探していたプログラムがあることを知りました。DGA の良さは、学際的であることです。そして分野を広く理解した上で国際的問題を分析し研究できるよう、高度な知識・理解が望まれます。また、他の学部の生徒や、多種多様な国際経験を持つ学生と出会えることも、魅力の一つだと思います。博士論文では、アジアにおける反・米軍基地運動と、それらの取り組みがいかに基地をめぐる政治に影響するかをとりあげる予定です

After completing an MA in international human rights and having worked for 5 years, I decided to go back to graduate school. I was looking for a program that would enable me to study civil resistance and social movements in the context of global affairs. Unexpectedly, the program was right in my backyard. I appreciate DGA's interdisciplinary approach and intellectual sophistication the professors demand, so that we can analyze and examine international issues grounded in the understanding of the overall field. I also appreciate the interactions I have with students from other departments, as well as those with various international experiences. My plan is to research anti-U.S. military base movements in Asia and how they affect base politics


sdf Iuliia Kononenko (Ukraine): "Мій вибір докторської програми був мотивований дослідницькими інтересами в сфері досвіду дітей-солдатів. Аналіз феномену рекрутування дітей різноманітними збройними силами можливий лише з урахуванням низки транснаціональних впливів та процесів таких як причини міжрегіональних конфліктів, переміщення біженців, формування і функціонування міжнародних норм та інституцій. Програма глобальних процесів в Університеті Ратгерс завдяки своєму міждисціплинарному спрямуванню дозволила мені скористатися перевагами різних дисциплін, таких як право, економіка та соціологія в розбудові мого дослідження. Також співпраця з провідними дослідніками в сфері міжнародних відносин, розвитку та безпеки значною мірою сприяє моєму формуванню як науковця. Я також вдячна програмі глобальних процесів за можливість взаємодіяти зі студентами з різних куточків світу, адже це дозволяє привносити різнобічні погляди в наші дослідження."

"My choice of the doctoral program was motivated by my research interests in the phenomenon of child soldiers. The analysis of the issue of child recruitment by various armed forces is possible only with the scrutiny of transnational processes and causes such as regional conflicts, refugee flows, and emergence and functioning of international norms and institutions. The Ph.D. Program in Global Affairs at the University of Rutgers with its multidisciplinary focus allowed me to take advantage of different disciplines such as law, economics and sociology in the development of my research. Also, cooperation with leading professors in international relations, development and security is contributing significantly to my development as a researcher. I am also grateful to the Program of Global Affairs for an opportunity to interact with students from around the world as it brings diverse perspectives into our research.”


Eltion Meka (Albania): “Kam zgjedhur programin e doktoratures te Division of Global Affairs (Divizioni i Punëve Globale) sepse i jep nxënësve mundesinë të marrin pjese në një program ndërdisiplinore. Sipas karakterit ndërdisiplinore, nxënësit e kanë mundësinë të studjojnë mardhënjet ndërkombetare duke futur ne përmbledhje edhe disiplina te tjera si, ekonomia, sociologjia, dhe antropologjia, nder te tjerave. Në të njëjtën kohë, programi ka një grup studentor që permbledh gjith këndet e botes—një ambient ideal për studime globale.”

“I have chosen the doctoral program at the Division of Global Affairs because it gives students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary program. According to the program’s interdisciplinary character, students have the opportunity to study international relations while taking into account other disciplines such as economics, sociology, and anthropology, among others. At the same time, the program has a student body that encompasses all corners of the world—an ideal environment for global studies."

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