Regional Specializations

Regional specialization offers students courses on Africa, East Asia, East Central Europe, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia and the Former Soviet States, South Asia, or the United States.

Regional Audit Form 2017-18.pdf

Africa

For the regional specialization in African Studies, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). One 3-credit course on INAF U6163 African Development Strategies: Policies, Institutions and Governance or a comparable course approved by the Institute of African Studies (IAS) and two 3-credit courses from the Social Sciences, Humanities or Public Health that are approved by IAS.

Click here for the IAS course listing

Contact

Brian Larkin
Director, Institute of African Studies
411M Milbank
bl190@columbia.edu
212-854-5402

Jinny Prais
Advisor to the Certificate in African Studies
Assistant Director, Institute of African Studies
Room 201 Knox Hall
201 Knox Hall
jkp2123@columbia.edu
212-854-3528

East Asia

For the regional specialization in East Asian Studies, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different social science disciplines and cover at least two different East Asian countries. A list of approved courses can be obtained from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI).

Click here for the WEAI course listing

Contact

Madeleine Zelin
Acting Director (Fall 2017), Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies
Room 929 IAB
mhz1@columbia.edu
212-854-1727

Nicole Vartanian
Executive Director
Room 914B IAB
nev2001@columbia.edu
212-854-6902

East Central Europe

For the regional specialization in East Central Europe, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. A list of approved courses is available through the East Central European Center; courses not listed must be approved by the Director or Assistant Director.

Click here for the East Central European Center course listing

Contact

Alan Timberlake
Director, East Central European Center
Room 1228 IAB
at2205@columbia.edu
212-854-8488

Rebecca Dalton
Program Manager, Harriman Institute 
Room 1211 IAB
rld2130@columbia.edu
212-854-6239

Europe

For the regional specialization in Europe, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. A list of approved courses is available through the European Institute; courses not listed must be approved by the Associate Director or Program Manager.

Click here for the European Institute course listing

Contact

Adam Tooze 
Director, European Institute
421 Fayerweather Hall
adam.tooze@columbia.edu
212-854-2434

Francois Carrel-Billard 
Associate Director, European Institute
Room 1204 IAB
francois.carrel@columbia.edu
212-854-4727

Latin America

For the regional specialization in Latin American Studies, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from any area studies discipline of 4000 level or above, with exception of History which can be a 3000-level. For more information and a list of approved courses, visit the Institute of  Latin America Studies (ILAS); courses not listed must be approved by the ILAS Student Affairs Coordinator.

Click here for the ILAS course listing

Contact

Gustavo S. Azenha
Director of Graduate Studies, MARSLAC
Associate Director, Center for Brazilian Studies
Room 834 IAB
ga2161@columbia.edu
212-854-9793

Eliza Kwon
Student Affairs Coordinator
Room 827 IAB
ek2159@columbia.edu
212-854-5468

Middle East

For the regional specialization in Middle East, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. A list of approved courses is available on the Middle East Institute website; courses not on the list must be approved by the Associate Director of the Middle East Institute.

Click here for the Middle East Institute course listing

Contact

Brinkley Messick
Director, Middle East Institute
Room 756 Schermerhorn
bmm23@columbia.edu
212-854-1932

Astrid Benedek
Associate Director, Middle East Institute
Room 304 Knox Hall
amb49@columbia.edu
212-854-2201

Russia and the Former Soviet States

For the regional specialization in Russia and the Former Soviet States, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. A list of approved courses is available through the Harriman Institute; courses not listed must be approved by the Director of the Harriman Institute.

Click here for the Harriman course listing

Contact

Alexander Cooley
Director, Harriman Institute
Room 1214 IAB
ACOOLEY@barnard.edu
212-854-6213

Rebecca Dalton
Program Manager, Harriman Institute 
Room 1211 IAB
rld2130@columbia.edu
212-854-6239

South Asia

For the regional specialization in South Asia Studies (SAI), students must take a total of three courses (9 points). Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. For more information and a list of approved courses, visit the South Asia Institute. Courses not on the list must be approved by the Director or Assistant Director.

Click here for the SAI course listing

Contact

Gauri Viswanathan 
Director, South Asia Institute
Room 217 Knox Hall
gv6@columbia.edu

William Carrick
Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator, South Asia Institute
Room 219 Knox Hall
wac2112@columbia.edu
212-854-4565

United States

For the specialization in United States, students must take a total of three courses (9 points). For a list of approved courses, please see the link below. Courses not found on the list must be approved by Professor Ester Fuchs, Director of the United States Studies Specialization.

Click here for the United States specialization course listing

Contact

Ester Fuchs
Specialization Director
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science
Room 1428 IAB
ef25@columbia.edu
212-854-3866

Kevin Gully
Specialization Coordinator
Room 1430A IAB
kg2515@columbia.edu
212-851-0624
 

Sara Guerschanik Calvo, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

John Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University

Veshaka DesaiAdjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Tanya Domi, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dmitry DubrovskyAdjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jendayi Frazer, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director of the Urban and Social Policy Concentration; Director of the United States Specialization

Kristy Kelly, Adjunct Assistant Professor in International and Public Affairs

Valerii Kuchynskyi, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Edward LemonLecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Ronaldo Lemos, Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor

Sidney Nakahodo, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Gray Newman, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Stephen NoerperAdjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Akbar Noman, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Seamus O'Cleireacain, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Robert Oxnam, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Lawrence Potter, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jinny Prais, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jenik Radon, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Christopher Sabatini, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Gary Sick, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Natasha Udensiva, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Pierre Vimont, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs 

Akbar Zaidi, Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and of International and Public Affairs