CMU Undergraduates Introduce New International Relations and Politics Journal-Social and Decision Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CMU Undergraduates Introduce New International Relations and Politics Journal

Carnegie Mellon Today

Kiron Skinner
Kiron Skinner

In 2010, the Nepali family had been resettled in the United States only a few months when Kimberly Josephson (CMU’13) met them—a mother, father, grandmother, and five children. Josephson, then a freshman majoring in International Relations and Politics (IPR), had joined the student organization FORGE—Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment—along with her best friend, Emily Feenstra (CMU’13), a few months earlier. The two young women began weekly visits to the family’s home. They taught them English for navigating the grocery store, helped them sort junk mail from bills and understand offers that were too good to be true, and did homework with the kids.

Josephson and Feenstra’s work with the refugee family became one of the themes of their four years at Carnegie Mellon, as well as a lens through which to see their academic work in International Relations and Politics. A year ago, Kiron Skinner, associate professor of Social and Decision Sciences and director of the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP), approached the two with a proposition that they co-edit the second issue of the center’s new academic, peer-reviewed journal.

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