Research

At the forefront of the new field of Global Studies, MIT Global Studies and Languages is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to producing cutting-edge research and innovative classes that provide MIT students with the knowledge, skills, and outlooks necessary to become engaged global citizens and leaders. Working in tandem with faculty across the Institute who study the economic, political, and environmental dimensions of globalization, Global Studies at MIT focuses on the cultural and human dimensions of this phenomenon. Our interdisciplinary research, teaching and educational activities address four key areas of cultural globalization:

Globalization refers to the flow of people, goods, media, technologies, and capital across the planet. Research in GSL focuses on the phenomenon of cultural globalization, in historical and contemporary contexts.

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GSL has long been at the forefront of experiments using Digital Humanities and other innovative technologies to advance research and teaching, including cutting-edge language pedagogies.

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Migration is one of the touchtone issues of our time: as a key driver of cultural globalization, the movement of peoples – migrants, refugees, travelers, international students, and others – is a core focus of this interdisciplinary research group.

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Our contemporary historical moment is marked by social, environmental, geopolitical, and economic crises that have intensified inequalities across the globe. Research and teaching in GSL address these questions of social justice from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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