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Welcome from Interim Dean Mitchell Smith

Interim Dean Mitchell Smith

The College of International Studies is a hub for internationalization on the University of Oklahoma campus, continually seeking to improve and expand study abroad opportunities, services to international students and international research and partnerships.

The College organizes a wide range of education abroad programs in every form —direct academic semester enrollment in universities abroad, faculty-led programs, and semester and summer programs at our University Centers in Arezzo, Italy and Puebla, Mexico. The recent addition of the Spanish minor in Puebla is a particularly exciting development.

OU ranked in the top 40 nationally in the 2018 Institute for International Education Open Doors report of study broad numbers for doctoral granting institutions. The international student services staff in the College provides rich programming to strengthen community among the 2,000 international students from more than 100 countries studying at OU and to celebrate the contributions of international students to our campus.

In addition to the Department of International and Area Studies, our academic centers continue to support programming, research and international partnerships. Working with Nord University, the Center for the Study of Nationalism engaged in a fall 2019 workshop, "Nationalism vs. Internationalism" in Bodø, Norway, with a follow-up conference, “Nationalism and Populism: Expressions of Fear or Political Strategies?” to take place at OU in April 2020.

The Institute for US-China Issues sponsored the 2019 US-China Poetry Dialogue in collaboration with the Poetry Institute of China. The dialogue included over 20 Chinese and American poets, with events in Norman, Kansas City and northwest Arkansas, all designed to bring international, national and regional poets together for a week of public conversations, readings and workshops to highlight the role of the arts in advancing cross-cultural understanding.

Our other academic centers — the Center for Middle East Studies, the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, the Cyber Governance and Policy Center, the Center for the Americas, the African Studies Institute, the Center for Peace and Development, the European Union Center — amplify the role of the College of International Studies as a hub for international education, outreach and research. 

Our newest academic center — Brazil Studies — celebrated its fall 2019 opening with an event on democracy and human rights in Brazil.

Scholars from our academic department and centers continue to produce major works of scholarship, including Cyber Governance and Policy Center Director Mark Raymond’s Social Practices of Rule-Making in World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2019); Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Director Afshin Marashi’s Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (University of Texas Press, spring 2020); Associate Director Manata Hashemi’s Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity (New York University Press, spring 2020); and Assistant Professor Waleed Mahdi’s Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation(Syracuse University Press, spring 2020).

With added study abroad programs, new international partnerships and high-profile research output, this is an extremely productive year in the College of International Studies. But we are not resting on these accomplishments. We will continue to innovate in international education and research on all fronts.