Cities in Transformation Research Initiative

This interdisciplinary initiative encompasses research related to society and culture, economics and governance, ecology and sustainability, health and human well-being, rights and social justice, and energy, data, and infrastructure. We welcome participation from everyone working in these areas.

Smart Cities and Technology in Spring 2020
This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to the adoption of technology within cities and homes; the replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning, among others.




K. Lieder


Dr. Lieder is the UCIS Visiting Professor in Contemporary Global Issues starting fall of 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies and minor Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her primary focus and interests concern Performance Studies, Global South Asia, Feminist and Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Trauma and Sexual Violence Studies, Global Feminist Protest, Devising, and Directing.

Contact About: Global Feminism, Incorporating Global Issues into classroom and extracurricular planning


Michael Goodhart

Michael Goodhart is Professor of Political Science, and he holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. His current research focuses on questions to do with global injustice and responsibility for injustice.  He is also interested in thinking about new modes of political theorizing for the Anthropocene. His core intellectual interests are in the theory and practice of democracy and human rights in the context of globalization and in related questions concerning global justice, democratic governance, and political responsibility at the transnational level.
Dr. Goodhart is co-president of the Association for Political Theory; he is an affiliate of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, a member of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and sits on several editorial boards. In 2008-2009 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow and Guest Professor in the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. 

Contact about: GSC Research Initiatives, Ideas about Interdiciplinary Projects and Collaboration