Faculty and Staff
Dr. Tracy Pintchman
Director, Global and International Studies Program, and Professor
PhD, U. C. Santa Barbara
Professor Pintchman is the director of the Global and 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 co-editor of seven books.
Dr. Alexandru Grigorescu
Assistant Director, Global and International Studies Program, and Professor (On Leave)
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Professor Grigorescu’s research focuses broadly on international relations and, specifically, on international 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 is the author of Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations? Normative Pressures and Decision-Making Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Prior to his academic career, he served as a diplomat in the Romanian Foreign Ministry and was posted to the Romanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He teaches courses on international organization, globalization, international relations theory, the United Nations system, and international human rights.
Dr. Chris Hasselmann
Acting Assistant Director, Advanced Lecturer
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Professor Hasselmann regularly offers Introduction to Global and International Studies as well the Program's Capstone experience; he is also the coordinator of the internship program in Global and International Studies (GIST 370). His research interests center on the European Union and European politics more generally. His recent publications have examined the interaction between the financial (Euro) crisis, public support, and government decision making.
Dr. Matthew S. Williams
PhD, Boston College
Professor Williams joined the Sociology Department and Global 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.
Dr. Tofigh Maboudi
PhD, American University
Professor Maboudi joined the Department of Political Science and Global and International Studies Program at Loyola in the fall of 2016. His research interests include democratization, social movements, and Middle Eastern politics. His work focuses on constitution-making processes and citizen participation in post-conflict and transitional states. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Political Research Quarterly. He teaches courses on Middle East politics, authoritarianism, and international relations. He also teaches the Introduction to International Studies course.