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date: 01 October 2020

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The intellectual antecedents of international studies scholarship and the efforts to enclose it within academia bounded the research enterprise closely to a predominantly US-centric, international relations, and international systems perspective on world order. Investments by the US government and leading foundations led to the strengthening of interdisciplinary area studies and international studies curricular programs. These investments coincided with a concomitant turn in the humanities and social sciences toward critical social science and postmodern inquiries. Thus, international studies curricular programs became more expansive and less closely tied to a narrow agenda that had previously and primarily been curated by political scientists. By the early 2000s, this disjuncture between international studies scholarship and pedagogy found a voice that continues to be heard in ongoing debates that define a widely delineated space for global studies to closely align its own scholarship and pedagogy, providing a foundation for a vibrant field of transdisciplinary scholarship.

Keywords: international studies, area studies, global studies, curricular programs, pedagogy

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