Friday, October 24, 2014

Study Abroad Info

Study Abroad 101 Event - Monday, Oct 27 at 5 pm in the Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Megan Davis's talk Monday

Megan Davis (IPE '15) will talk about her IPE-funded summer research in Bangladesh on Monday from 5:30-6:30 in Trimble Forum.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Parker Raup Presentation in Murray Boardroom

Tonight Parker Raup (IPE '15) will give a presentation called "Defending Pastoralism" based on his research this past summer in Tanzania with an IPE grant. Join us from 6-7 pm in the Murray Boardroom.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Teach for America info session

You're invited to attend a Teach For America info session with a focus on educational inequality on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm in the Murray Board Room (WSC 108). Pizza will be provided.

It will be hosted by Sean Rice (IPE '12), who will talk about TFA and his own experience.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Study Abroad Fair

If you are planning to study abroad, please stop by the Study Abroad Fair on Sept 23rd.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ben Cohn (IPE '12)

Benjamin Cohn (IPE '12) awarded a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship
for 2014-2015.

Benjamin Cohn is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where he studied international political economy. Cohn’s fellowship will focus on the political-economic impact of music on Ghana's rich history and culture, and he will use that research to set up a program to facilitate access to music education for the youth of Accra, Ghana's capital. Working with local musicians and organizations, Cohn will build a program to give the students a voice through the power of music. After graduation, Cohn moved to Yangsan, South Korea where he taught English for one year. Since returning to the United States, he has focused on music journalism, founding a hip-hop web site,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Update from Peter Bittner, former Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia

Peter Bittner, an IPE grad ('12) and former Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia, is writing a book about his experiences in Mongolia. Here's an update from him:

My name is Peter Bittner and I graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2012 with a degree in International Political Economy. This past year I taught English in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia through the US government’s Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship.

I first visited Mongolia in 2011 with Puget Sound’s Pacific Rim Asian Studies Travel Program, or “Pac Rim,” and immediately became captivated by it. Most recently, I taught at a vocational school for 9 months where high school students prepare for careers in creative hair design, traditional performing arts, auto mechanics, and many other fields.

As a designated cultural ambassador, my role was not only to share my experience and knowledge of “American culture” but, more importantly, to learn as much as possible about Mongolia! In addition to my time in the classroom, I was fortunate to travel extensively throughout the country's vast steppes, deserts, and mountains. In the process, I had the pleasure of meeting and staying with nomadic herders of Mongol, Kazakh, and other ancestries.

My upcoming eBook and photo book will explore the massive social shift from traditional nomadic lifestyles to urban ways of life. The ten-chapter travelogue will include photos, videos, and audio and print journals.

While this is a new project to share with and educate Western audiences about the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky, I’ve been publishing content with those aims all year! This is just the grand finale! Through my personal website, I’ve been regularly posting educational articles and photos, many of which have been published in periodicals, travel blogs, and websites focusing on international exchange.

My work has been featured on (one of the world’s top 10 travel blogs), the UB Post (Mongolia’s premiere English newspaper), The Global Citizen Journal, The Beacon, Arches, the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia’s website, and The English Language Teachers’ Association of Mongolia. Check out the press section of my blog for links to full articles:

You can pre-order copies of the eBook, photo book, and other fun product packages at:

Want a taste of my writing? Check it out here:

Curious to see my photography? See it here:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Interview with IPE Professor Emeritus Mike Veseth, August 14, 2014

Mike Veseth is a specialist in globalisation who blogs as The Wine Economist. He is also professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma near Seattle. After reviewing his books Wine Wars and Extreme Wine for  Jerry Lockspeiser talks to him about what he sees as the key global business issues facing the wine industry.   
The world of wine according to Wine Economist, Mike Veseth

Friday, July 18, 2014

New experiential summer class co-taught by Professor Emelie Peine - Foodsystems Northwest: Circuits of Soil, Labor, and Money

Five Liberal Arts Colleges Run a Three-Campus Course
—A Pacific Northwest “First”
Northwest Five Consortium pilots its first intensive summer course
Students will live, study, and travel across three campuses

TACOMA, Wash. – This summer students at five Washington and Oregon liberal arts colleges have the chance to join a new, on-the-road course studying locally grown food and its impact on our lives, economy, and politics.
In this jointly-run course—a pilot project from the Northwest Five Consortium—students live and study across the Northwest, with stopovers at three colleges: Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University. The three-week course starts July 26 and is the first for-credit offering from the partnership. Read more at: Foodsystems Northwest

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Four IPE Majors Receive Summer Research Grants

The IPE Program is pleased to announce that four of our majors have received grants to conduct research in Summer 2014.

Parker Raup received a fellowship from the IPE Textbook Fund to conduct research in Tanzania. His project is titled "Migration and Monetization: An Ethnographic Study of the Rural Maasai in Northern Tanzania."

Megan Davis received a fellowship from the Nicholas Vasilius IPE Endowment Fund to do research in Bangladesh. Her project is titled "A Study of the Impact of Participation in the Grameen Bank Microcredit Program on Perceived Empowerment of Female Borrowers."

Melanie Mazza received a UPS Summer Research Grant to do research in Nicaragua. Her project is titled "Shining a Light on Information Accessibility and Prices Paid along the Nicaraguan Coffee Commodity Chain."

Dan Thorson received a UPS Summer Research Grant to do research in Hong Kong. His project is titled "The Effects of Public Policy on Upward Mobility Through Entrepreneurship."

Congratulations to all four!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Kristin Gjelsteen ('14) wins undergraduate research paper award

Kristin Gjelsteen (IPE '14) has received the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society's 2014 student paper award in the undergraduate category.

Her paper, "The Politics of Transgenic Food: An Ethnographically-Informed Analysis of the Ban on Genetically Modified Crops in Bolivia," was the product of research she conducted in Bolivia in 2013 with support from an IPE Summer Research Fellowship.

1998 IPE grad Kent Craford profiled in the Oregonian

Kent Craford, a 1998 Puget Sound alumnus who majored in international political economy, is profiled in the April 29, 2014 Oregonian. He is leading a measure that would take control of Portland’s water and sewer bureaus away from the City Council.

2008 IPE grad to join the Foreign Service

Walid Zafar, a 2008 Puget Sound grad who majored in international political economy, is profiled in an online story on the CBS San Francisco website. Currently working for a political nonprofit in Washington, D.C., Walid is awaiting assignment in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

 Walid Zafar speaks at the Students Rising Above luncheon. (CBS)

2004 IPE grad profiled in Wired magazine

Nick Edwards, a 2004 Puget Sound grad who double-majored in international political economy and business, is a founder of Silicon Valley startup Boomtrain, which is developing a personalized search engine. He is profiled in a photo feature in the May 2014 edition of Wired magazine.


"One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush"

The story of one Silicon Valley startup struggling to survive a modern gold rush.