Faculty and Staff
Dr. Tracy Pintchman
Director, International Studies Program, and Professor
Ph.D., U. C. Santa Barbara
Professor Pintchman is the director of the International Studies program and a professor of religious studies, with a focus on the history of religion in South Asia. She has been at Loyola University Chicago since 1992 and teaches courses on Hinduism, Asian religions, women and religion, and ethnography of religion. She has published more than two dozen articles, book chapters, and essays, and she is the author, editor, or coeditor of seven books (two forthcoming in 2014).
Dr. Alexandru Grigorescu
Assistant Director, International Studies Program, and Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Professor Grigorescu’s research focuses broadly on international relations and, specifically, on international organizations. He is particularly interested in the movement towards greater “democracy” in such organizations. His work has been published in journals such as Ethics & International Affairs, Global Governance, International Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Review of International Organizations. He teaches courses on international organization, globalization, international relations theory, the United Nations system, international human rights, as well as the International Studies internship class. His involvement with the INTS internship program and his research work with a number of students through the Provost Fellowship are a few examples of his interest in expanding the types of engaged learning experiences for students. He believes that all INTS students should take advantage of such experiences before they graduate.
Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Professor Tezcür conducts research on democratization, political violence, Muslim political attitudes, judicial activism, and electoral politics have appeared in a dozen of scholarly journals and supported by major grants in the last six years. He is also the author of “Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: “The Paradox of Moderation “(2010). His current project examines the conditions under which ordinary people take extraordinary risks and join insurgent movements. He is currently writing a book on the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey on the basis of an extended fieldwork and several original data sets.
Dr. John Van Benthuysen
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor Van Benthuysen’s teaching and research interests are in political science and international studies. He teaches introductory courses in international relations and international studies and advanced courses in international political economy and revolution and revolt. His dissertation, Manufacturing Leviathan: International Order, States, and Failed States, explored relationships between historical international orders and state development. He has published an article on state death in Third World Quarterly. He is currently working on several articles on state failure that explore regional variations in the quality of international order and its impact on state viability.
Dr. Matthew S. Williams
Ph.D., Boston College
Professor Williams joined the Sociology Department and International Studies Program at Loyola University in the fall of 2013, following a year as an Assistant Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The overall focus of his teaching and research interests is the exercise of power on a global scale. In particular, he is interested in the ways that ordinary people have successfully mobilized through social movements to challenge those in power and bring about positive change, addressing major social ills and creating greater democracy globally. His dissertation--which he is currently revising for publication as a book--provides a detailed analysis of the US anti-sweatshop movement, with a particular focus on United Students against Sweatshops (USAS) and the strategic evolution of the movement.
Dr. John Pincince
Ph.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Professor Pincince teaches courses in global history, international studies, the history of modern South Asia, and colonialism. Pincince’s research focuses on the history of Indian and Hindu nationalism. He is currently completing a book on V.D. Savarkar and the origins of Hindu national identity. In 2000, he received the Watumull Scholarship for Study in India through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i.
Mr. Nelson Wainwright
Program Assistant, International Studies Program
Mr. Wainwright is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science department at Loyola in the field of Comparative and International Politics. He is currently conducting his dissertation research, which focuses on political communication in Poland and the Czech Republic around the time of their accession to the European Union. Mr. Wainwright also teaches courses in International Relations and Political Theory for the Political Science department.