Monday, April 17, 2017

Professor Peine's IPE of Food and Hunger (IPE 331) redesigned for Fall 2017

Emelie Peine's IPE of Food and Hunger class (IPE 331) is being redesigned this fall to immerse students in experiential learning opportunities. Now accepting enrollment through!

IPE Field Trip to ThriftBooks

On April 7th, the IPE Program led a field trip to Thrift Books Warehouse in Auburn, WA. ThriftBooks is one of the world's largest online new and used book retailers with more than 7 million books in stock at any given time. Students got to meet the company CEO, take an exclusive tour of the facility, and ask about Thrift Books' business operations, partnerships with libraries, and impact on the environment. You can buy books from ThriftBooks at:

Photos courtesy of Gabriel Newman Photography

IPE Summer Research Grant awarded to Pamela Lara Perez

Congratulations to Pamela Lara Perez (IPE ’18), who has been awarded a 2017 IPE Summer Research Grant! Pamela will travel to Chiapas, Mexico to study local indigenous women’s experiences with exercising and asserting their autonomy and self-determination. Pamela will use her Spanish language skills to conduct personal interviews with indigenous women; additionally, she will analyze how organizations like “Chiapas Indigenous” are taking actions to support the women. Pamela hopes to give a voice to the indigenous women in Chiapas by highlighting how they navigate living under Mexican law while possessing a separate culture and identity.

Previously, Pamela has studied abroad in Taiwan at Tunghai University, where she expanded her Chinese language skills and completed her Chinese minor. Pamela chose to be an IPE major because she wanted to connect the world on a larger scale, drawing on all realms of the social sciences with the flexibility to study multiple regions of the world. After she graduates, Pamela plans on working at an NGO for a year and then going to grad school to pursue a career where she can travel and help connect countries and people together. In her free time, Pamela enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and discovering new restaurants – “I am always on the search for great food and new experiences!”

IPE Summer Research Grant awarded to Kyungin Kim

Congratulations to Kyungin Kim (IPE ’18) for being awarded a 2017 IPE Summer Research Grant! Kim is an international student who grew up in Seoul, Korea, and Shanghai, China. She decided to come to the US for college to explore and broaden her education, and she specifically chose to study International Political Economy at UPS because “I believe that all global events result from combinations of economic, political, and social forces, and therefore, these subjects should be studied in relation to one another.” Her region of interest is China, and some of her favorite scholars in academia are Atul Kohli, Ha-Joon Chang, and Edward Said. Her long-term goal is to eventually become a professor in the field of international relations or public health.

For her summer research project, she will be traveling to Jeju Island in Korea, where a skyrocketing number of Chinese investors have been pouring money into the local real estate market. This trend has been apparent since February 2010, when the local Jeju government’s immigration policy changed to allow foreign investors who maintain 500 million or more won’s worth of real estate for five years to personally qualify for a green card. Through ethnographic and textual research, Kim will assess the socioeconomic consequences of the property-purchasing trends among Chinese investors in Jeju Island, and determine whether the locals’ claims that the Chinese are launching a “modern-day territorial invasion” is legitimate or based or their constructed fear.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Q&A with Representative Gael Tarleton

Representative Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard), Washington State House Majority Floor Leader, held a Q&A session with IPE majors on February 7th. She discussed globalization, current national events, and some issues that the state legislature is dealing with. Thanks to all of you who attended!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Graduation 2016

Graduation for the IPE Class of 2016

IPE Commencement Ceremony and Reception

Each year the IPE Program has a Commencement Ceremony and Reception where we present awards, talk about seniors' accomplishments, and get a chance to meet family members. Here are a few photos from the evening on May 13, 2016:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

IPE Senior Maddie Grossan on Washington State Legislative Internship Program

When and where: Wednesday, April 27 at noon in Wyatt 226.

IPE's Maddie Grossan participated in the Washington State Legislative Internship Program this spring semester. She will talk about partisanship in the Washington state legislature. Also interning was P&G's David Minerath, who will talk about media coverage of Washington state politics.

This is a good opportunity for current sophomores and juniors to learn about this paid, full-time internship.

Lecture by by Dr. Farah Al Nakib

Monday there is a lecture on "Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life" by Dr. Farah Al Nakib, Assistant Professor of History at the American University of Kuwait

Monday, April 25, 2016, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Wyatt 109

Dr. Al Nakib’s presentation will draw from her forthcoming book with Stanford University Press. As the first Gulf city to experience oil urbanization, Kuwait City's transformation in the mid-twentieth century inaugurated a now-familiar regional narrative: a small traditional town of mudbrick courtyard houses and plentiful foot traffic transformed into a modern city with marble-fronted buildings, vast suburbs, and wide highways.

Sponsored by the Catherine Gould Chism Fund for Humanities and the Arts.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ed Bland of Williamsworks talk

IPE majors!
Wondering about how to create change in the world? Come hear Ed Bland of Williamsworks talk about
“Making a Living and Making a Difference”
Thursday, April 21 @ 4 PM, Thompson 391

ECON, SOAN, GDS, and IPE are sponsoring this talk.

Williamsworks is a social-impact consulting firm in Seattle, working with non-profits, for-profits and individual philanthropists to increase the effectiveness of their projects worldwide. Their clients include The Eastern Congo Initiative, Lululemon, Tom’s Shoes, the Gates Foundation, Leonardo Di Caprio and Ben Affleck.

Prior to Williamsworks, Ed worked for Habitat for Humanity and the microfinance organization Unitus (where he was president and COO). In a previous life, he was a banker, worked in publishing and led Microsoft’s marketing efforts for Xbox. Ed will talk about his own non-linear path and offer suggestions to students on how they might find their way to “good” work.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Brownbag on Shellfish Poaching in Washington

Today we had an interesting IPE brownbag presentation from Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Bureau. He discussed the shellfish poaching problem in Washington and enforcement efforts against the illegal shellfish market. Washington is a major exporter to Asia of the valuable geoduck clam, which is mostly harvested from Puget Sound -- sometimes illegally.

Monday, April 11, 2016

2016 IPE Senior Dinner Pictures

Here are some pictures from the 2016 IPE Senior Dinner. This year we were joined by 3 IPE alumni - Jess Frank ('09), Hannah Miner ('11), and Kari Lee ('13) - who spoke about their careers since graduating from Puget Sound.

Brownbag presentation by Deputy Chief Mike Cenci of Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Illicit Economy of Shellfish in the Puget Sound

This Wednesday, April 13th, from 12:00-12:50PM, the IPE Department will be hosting Deputy Chief Mike Cenci of Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of our IPE Brownbag Series. He will be discussing the illicit economy of shellfish in Puget Sound. The event will be taking place in the Murray Boardroom.

Event blurb: Poaching in the Puget Sound is a problem: Clams, oysters, and mussels are poached from the Sound and sold for thousands of dollars, which, among other things, is threatening the sustainability of the Sound’s ecosystem. Join us, Wednesday, April 13th, from 12:00-12:50, in the Murray Boardroom, as we host Deputy Chief Mike Cenci, to learn more about efforts to stop poaching in the Sound.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LIASE Southeast Asia Program talk

Puget Sound's LIASE Southeast Asia Program is sponsoring a talk on April 4th (5pm in Wyatt 109) that might be of interest to IPE majors:

Oliver Tappe, from the University of Cologne

Upland Encounters: Colonialism and Sociopolitical Transformations in the Lao-Vietnamese Borderlands

At the turn of the 20th century, upland Indochina was an arena of political friction and complex intercultural dynamics. Once a contested frontier region between the lowland realms of the Vietnamese and Thai/Lao courts, the ethnically heterogeneous province of Houaphan (today NE Laos) constitutes an illustrative case study to investigate modern state formation and sociopolitical transformations. The presentation will focus especially on the interplay between the establishment of French colonial administration and local processes of resistance, adaptation, and mimetic appropriation.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brownbag talk with Julie Benson of Washington State's Department of Commerce

This Wednesday, March 23rd, from 12:00-1:00, the IPE Department will be hosting Julie Benson of Washington State's Department of Commerce as part of our IPE Brownbag Series. She will be discussing the international political economy of trade of the Evergreen State. The event will be taking place in the Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Austin Scharff's brownbag on Kosovo

This Friday, November 20th, from 4:00-5:00 in Trimble Forum, IPE 2015 Summer Research Fellow Austin Scharff will be presenting his summer research, "The Last Piece of the Balkans Puzzle: International Governance and Political Decay in the Republic of Kosovo." Gourmet cookies and brownies will be served! We hope to see you there.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Professor David Atwill talks about Tibet on November 18th

David Atwill, Professor of History and Asian Studies at Penn State, will give a talk on "Lhasa 1960: Tibetan Muslims and the Emergence of Modern Tibet" on Wednesday, November 18th at 5pm in Wyatt 109.
IPE is a co-sponsor of the talk. Hope you can join us!

Monday, October 12, 2015

David Balgley talk on Morocco

This Wednesday, October 14th from 5:00-6:00 at Wyatt 101, IPE 2015 Summer Research Fellow David Balgley will be presenting his summer research on “Morocco's Fragmented Land Regime: An Analysis of Negotiating and Implementing Land Tenure Policies.” There will be gourmet brownies and cookies. See you there!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday

For those of you interested in studying abroad next year, be sure to check out the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, September 22nd, from 10-2 in the Rotunda. It's a great opportunity to learn about the various programs.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Lauren Bateman talk on September 17th

Hope you'll be able to attend Lauren Bateman's talk on September 17th at 5:30 in Wyatt 109. IPE is supporting P&G in bringing her to campus.

Some background: For the first half of 2015, Lauren Bateman was the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) Delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in Guinea, working intensively to build a data collection system during the ebola outbreak. She has also just completed a short stint in Nepal was the Information Management (IM) Delegate for the IFRC's Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) - again specializing in information dissemination and coordinating remote support for rapid-turn-around mapping. She has an MPH from the University of Virginia and a BA from McGill University.