Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues

Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (GSC) is home to the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, which is funded by a generous endowed gift from Mr. William F. Benter and the Benter Foundation. This two-year visiting professorship enables the GSC to host scholars whose research and teaching examine critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world, particularly those issues which intersect with the center's focal themes of: ecology and sustainability, politics and economy, cultural dynamics, peace, conflict and security and heath and well-being. 

Welcome to our new Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues

AY2017-18, Dr Jared McCormick

Dr. Jared McCormick completed his Ph.D in Social Anthropology at Harvard University. His research explores issues of tourism, sexuality and imaginations of place in Lebanon and was made possible by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the ZEIT Stifung Bucerius fellowshop in Migration Studies. He also completed a secondary degree at Harvard in Critical Media Practices, developing a digital interface around historic imagery of tourism in Lebanon. Dr. McCormick is also the co-director of marra.tein, an intiaitive that encourages innovative thought and dialogue by hosting researchers/artists at a dedicated residency space in Beirut.

He would like to say how excited he is to be joining the GSC and is hoping to teach a course related to Tourism & Consumption in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine, as well as a course centering on Infrastructure & Urbanism in the Arabian Gulf. He arrives to us in Pittsburgh after having spent his summer in Beirut, where he was completing archival research and running a public workshop, Digital Methodologies, for academics and artists.

To see the biographies of previous post-holders of the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Issues, please click here.

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