John Collins, Ph. D.

Professor and Chair of Global Studies Global Studies Department

Ph.D., Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
University of Minnesota

M.A., Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
University of Minnesota

B.A., Religious Studies
Wesleyan University

John Collins

As an original member of the department, I am deeply committed to the exciting, interdisciplinary work of teaching and learning that we do in Global Studies. All of my classes are designed to help students develop the critical tools that are necessary to be informed, self-aware, and active members of the global community.  Themes that I cover in my classes include globalization, nationalism, colonialism, violence, memory, political activism, and media criticism.  I am a founder of Weave News, an independent media project focusing on underreported stories, and am currently serving as its Editorial Director.

As a scholar, I am the author of a 2004 book on memories of the first Palestinian intifada, and in 2012 I published Global Palestine (available in the US from Oxford University Press and in the UK from Hurst), which uses the category of settler colonialism to explore the globalization of Palestine and the Palestinization of the globe. In 2021 the University of Georgia Press published Globalizing Collateral Language: From 9/11 to Endless War (co-edited with Somdeep Sen), which is a follow-up to the original Collateral Language book I co-edited back in 2002. I also co-authored Social and Cultural Foundations in Global Studies (Routledge, 2017) with Eve Stoddard, Emerita Professor of Global Studies.

In my spare time, I sing and play guitar in an indie rock band called Bee Children. We released our third album, You Are the Host Now, in May 2023.

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