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Hilary Kahn

Senior Lecturer

Director, Center for the Study of Global Change
Global and International Studies Building, 4071

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 2002 University of Buffalo
  • M.A., 1993 University of Buffalo
  • B.A., 1990 Indiana University

Region of Interest

  • The World

Research Topics

  • Visual ethnography
  • Critical global studies
  • Social theory and analysis
  • Global teaching and learning
  • Identity
  • Internationalization of higher education

Research Summary

I have been at Indiana University since 1997. As Director of the Global Center, I oversee and initiate programs and projects involved in the deeper internationalization of Indiana University and encourage innovative research and interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Global Studies. I am also the Director of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies and leads the Framing the Global Project (with IU Press) and the Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective Project. My areas of research and expertise include global teaching and learning, visual anthropology, grounded global studies, critical social theory, transnational identities, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the internationalization of higher education. I have taught numerous courses on topics such as issues and approaches to global studies, anthropological theory, ethnographic methods, visual anthropology, intercultural communication, the anthropology of religion, human rights and the arts, and indigenous cultures of Central America and Mexico. By using videoconferencing technology to link with classrooms overseas, I have taught students in Macedonia, Indonesia, and Russia. I have also lead an international service learning program in Bluefields, Jamaica for many years. In 2009, I received the IU Commission of Multicultural Understanding Faculty Award for promoting multicultural understanding in the classroom, on campus, and in the broader community and the International Studies Faculty Award in recognition for excellence in teaching. I am currently on the Executive Committee of AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) and the Advisory Board for Diversity and Democracy of AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities).

Representative Publications

  • 2014 Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research (Indiana University Press)
  • Seeing beyond territorialized nests of meaning: Extending our senses of responsibility, in Building a Shared Future: Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere, an e-book publication of the British Council’s Our Shared Future and Center of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, 26-27
  • Seeing Beyond: Visual Approaches in Global Learning, Special issue on international education, Practicing Anthropology. 32(3):45-48
  • 2006 Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Guatemala and Beyond (University of Texas Press)

External Links

Center for the Study of Global Change