An emerging cross-divisional intellectual community.

International Institute Announcements

International Institute's 2018 Spring Conference 


We are delighted to announce the formation of the International Institute.

The International Institute will coordinate and support scholarship and teaching on international issues at UC San Diego. We hope to create a vibrant international and multidisciplinary intellectual community that produces and supports research and policy ideas from across disciplines. We are committed to fostering international knowledge that encompasses multiple levels, from local knowledge of languages and sub-national groups, to regional and state knowledge, to global knowledge of international systems, institutions, and organizations. To foster these collaborations, we will provide funding to cross-divisional faculty groups and collaboratories, and convene an annual conference dedicated to one of the university’s four research themes across regions of the world. We will also provide fellowships for faculty and graduate student research.

The institute is the result of a faculty-led initiative and will develop in collaboration with engaged faculty. We invite you to bring your expertise and research concerns into dialogue with us, by forming a faculty group based on either a regional or thematic focus. Please join us!


Nancy Postero
Director, International Institute



UCSD International Institute Undergraduate Senior Thesis Awards

We are delighted to announce the first and second place winners of our AY 2017-18 “International Institute Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Thesis” award:

First place:

Jason Wu, Department of History, Thesis title: “History as Propaganda: Korean Minorities and the National Question in Chinese Communist Historiography” ($200 award)

Second place:

Bertrand Wilden, Department of Political Science, Thesis title: “Independence Referendums: An Analysis of Central Government Decision-Making” ($100 award)

The competition was open to all disciplines on campus, and awards were made for outstanding undergraduate senior theses that met the following criteria:

  • Contributes to our knowledge about (a) an international or global issue, or (b) a country, region, society, or culture outside the United States
  • Asks an original and interesting research question
  • Makes a clear and persuasive argument, based on high quality research and evidence
  • Exhibits strong writing skills

Congratulations, Jason and Bertrand!


UCSD International Institute Sawyer Seminar Fellowship Award Winners

Noni Brynjolson

Noni Brynjolson is a PhD Candidate in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her research analyzes socially engaged art practices in US cities that respond to uneven urban development through experimental forms of community building. She is interested in looking at how artists address the politics of housing and gentrification through their work, as well as the informal practices that emerge within these projects. Noni is a member of the editorial collective of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, and has published writing in FIELD as well as in the books Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (edited by Heather Davis, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017) and Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (edited by Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch, I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2019). She has curated several exhibitions, including On the Beach: Art and Public Space on the California Coast at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2014. 


Kevan Malone

Kevan Malone is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC San Diego. He received his BA at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an MA in American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His dissertation in progress, The Magnetic Frontier: Migration, Metropolitan Growth, and the Making of the US-Mexico Border, 1920-1997, examines the political ecology of transborder metropolitan growth in the San Diego-Tijuana region, considering what it means that these “twin” cities grew increasingly interconnected during a period in which the United States erected barriers on the international boundary between them.



UCSD International Institute Sawyer Seminar Post Doc Award Winner

Emilio de Antuñano

As a historian of Latin American cities, I am broadly interested in the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped urbanization in the twentieth century. I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 2017. My dissertation, “Planning a ‘Mass City’: The Politics of Planning in Mexico City, 1930-1960,” interrogates Mexico City’s transformation into a “megacity” through the lens of urban planning, particularly the planning of the seemingly informal and anarchic peripheries of the city. My book project, The Shape of a Megalopolis: Urban Growth in Mexico City, 1910-1960, examines the competing visions of the government, intellectuals, and popular groups that ultimately shaped Mexico City’s built environment. In addition to providing a fine-grained social history of the actors that negotiated the building of, and allocation of rights to, the city, my research casts light on the theoretical framework that made this process legible. My research and teaching interests also include the history of migration, the relationship between the social sciences and state policies, and the history of urban planning and architecture.


Recent publications include:

“Mexico City as an Urban Lab.” Journal of Urban History. Prepublished April 12, 2018 (Online before print).