Announcing Two New Penn Global Research Institutes

January 30, 2024
By Penn Abroad

Decorative PGRI LogoAs a new semester gets underway, Penn Global is pleased to announce the two newest Penn Global Research Institutes to the Penn community.

Penn Global Research Institutes (PGRI) support faculty research projects that address some of today’s most pressing global challenges. As a centerpiece, PGRIs include an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct immersive, collaborative, and robust research projects abroad.  After an impressive and wide-ranging set of submissions for last year’s inaugural call for proposals, Penn Global is thrilled to add the following institutes to its roster this academic year:

The PGRI: European Studies Institute, led by Dr. Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work with Penn faculty and conduct research on the theme of How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is Changing Europe. Selected students will work for a full year, beginning in April, as part of a research team studying European security arrangements, threats, and altered policies and institutions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and will include a January trip to Europe to interview policy makers and thought leaders, while also developing their own individual research projects, such as senior theses or publishable papers.

The PGRI: Penn Educational Alliance for Change and Equity (PEACE), co-led by Drs. Gerald Campano and Manuel Gonzalez Canche of the Graduate School of Education, relies on storying as a powerful strategy to understand minoritized communities from the ground up, including their experiences and social inequities as well as to develop plans of action to improve prospects for education. The Institute utilizes mixed methodologies to classify and geo-contextualize participants' narratives and experiences. Students affiliated with PEACE will travel to the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico to conduct fieldwork and data collection and gain hands-on experiences on research projects that apply storying.

These programs join our two existing institutes, the PGRI: Galapagos Education and Research Alliance and the PGRI: Penn Global Documentary Institute, for a total of four. We at Penn Global look forward to continuing to support the work of forward-looking, globally-focused institutes in years to come.

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