Institute of International Studies
The Institute of International Studies (IIS) promotes interdisciplinary research in international, comparative, and policy studies at UC Berkeley. Established in 1955, the Institute focuses today on the following intellectual themes:
- National security challenges in the 21st century
- Environment, health, and sustainability
- Globalization, religion, and human rights
- Technological change and the transformation of the global economy
The Institute hosts several major research programs, provides support to Berkeley faculty, awards fellowships to Berkeley graduate students, and offers research training to undergraduates. Ongoing colloquia bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students for interdisciplinary discussions that might otherwise be subsumed within departments. The Institute’s public outreach programs include lectures, colloquias, conferences, and the Conversations with History interview series.