We are pleased to announce a planned new and exciting Ph.D. program in global studies at UC Irvine. This will be the second such doctoral program within the University of California system. We will be seeking top level candidates for our inaugural cohort. This will be a stand-alone degree with an average time to degree of 5-6 years.

The Ph.D. program in global studies will provide a critical transdisciplinary degree that will stand out from other programs for its cutting-edge curriculum, faculty, and embracing of scholarship from across the social sciences and humanities engaging multiple theoretical perspectives and methodologies. UCI’s program will be truly unique for its foregrounding the importance of engaging global south scholarship and non-western epistemologies that broaden the base of knowledge production and bring new perspectives to bear on the pressing global issues impacting us all.

Global studies is a fast-growing field of inquiry dedicated to understanding pressing global issues such as conflict, inequality, migration, human rights, climate change, health, racial formations, global cultures, diasporas, and development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Global scholars analyze the social, cultural, political, environmental, legal and economic consequences of these issues, understanding them as multidimensional, multi-level and historical processes. The program interrogates taken-for-granted concepts and relations of power while foregrounding the deep historical legacies of colonialism and imperialism.

Graduate students will work closely with core faculty in the department in conjunction with over 50 associated faculty from across the campus, providing access to a broad spectrum of expertise and scholarship. Students will also have the opportunity to work with faculty in the School of Law and College of Health Sciences.

Students from any undergraduate major will be able to apply. Students admitted with an M.A. in global studies or a related discipline earned at a comparable research institution may be awarded subject credit for previously completed coursework. All applications admitted into the Ph.D. will receive six full years of funding.

More information will be forthcoming as the program works through the final stage of University of California approvals.

If you have any questions, please contact the department chair, Eve Darian-Smith, edarian@uci.edu, or the director of graduate studies, Philip McCarty, philip.mccarty@uci.edu.


© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766