Payson makes an impressive showing at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Conference

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ISA 2015 - Hilton Riverside New Orleans
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The International Studies Association (ISA) recently held its annual convention in New Orleans from February 18 - 21, 2015.  The theme was Global International Relations and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International StudiesThe ISA is one of the largest inter-disciplinary scholarly organizations in the world and Payson Center faculty and graduate students have been involved with this group for years. ISA has a broad range of interests including International Development, which is further propelled by the ISA Global South Caucus.  (For details on the conference please see and for details on the Global South Caucus, please see

At ISA 2015, Payson faculty and graduate students made a series of presentations:

Dr. Anna Monhartova and Dr. Nanette Svenson led a panel entitled "Social Innovation as an Alternative Approach to International Development” on which Payson Ph.D. candidate Jessica Ports Robbins presented a paper on "University Students as 'Volunteer' Crowdmappers for Disaster Preparedness: Benefits and Challenges," and Dr. Robert Reimers, Adjunct Professor, and Dr. Kari B. Fitzmorris-Brisolara, Associate Professor at LSU School of Public Health, presented a paper on "Social Entrepreneurship via Treatment of Human Waste." 

Dr. Stanley Samarasinghe presented as part of the Presidential Theme Panel, "The United Nations and Development: The View from the Global South" and again with Dr. Chavanne Peercy, a Payson Ph.D. graduate, on another panel entitled “Case Studies on Peacebuilding.” 

Dr. Nanette Svenson was also part of the Roundtable on "Living Globalization: Female Academics At Home and Abroad" and helped host the Global South Caucus Distinguished Scholar Luncheon.

The ISA 2015 was a dynamic event and the Payson Center made an impressive showing! Next year's ISA annual conference is in Atlanta...hope to see you there!

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