About us

Global Studies draws on the expertise of academic staff across the University to create a unique interdisciplinary student experience.

Drawing on our diverse professional strengths, we'll support you along your study journey. We'll strive to provide you with skills and knowledge that you can take into many different careers.

What separates our degree from other Global Studies programmes is our emphasis on cultural exchange. There's a strong focus on language acquisition and area studies training to address real-world problems.

We've grown exponentially since the programme was launched in 2018 by founding director Dr Hilary Chung. We began with fewer than 100 students, and we're now 500 strong.

Our team

The Global Studies team consists of two full-time academic staff and a Programme Adviser, as well as academic staff from across the University who teach courses in the four majors. 

Dr Jamie Gillen

Jamie is a senior lecturer in Global Studies and joined the team in January 2020. An American citizen and trained geographer, Jamie moved to Auckland from Singapore. His research focuses on tourism, urbanization, agrarian change, and fieldwork issues in mainland Southeast Asia.

Jamie’s favourite food remains pepperoni pizza and, when he has time, he likes to play the guitar and swim.

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Dr Callie Vandewiele

Callie is a lecturer in Global Studies and joined the team in February 2020. She is originally from Portland, Oregon and lived in England for five years.

Callie’s work focuses primarily on Guatemala (where she has previously lived) and Mexico. Her research focuses on heritage, museum objects and repatriation, and she is especially interested in processes of social justice, gender and indigenous rights. Callie’s PhD is in Latin American Studies and she is also affiliated with Anthropology at the University of Auckland.

As a ginger Callie expects to get very sunburned here in New Zealand!

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Dr Lana Kostrykina

Dr Lana Kostrykina is the Student and Programme Adviser for Global Studies. Lana is your first port of call for all questions related to the programme. She is originally from Volgograd, Russia and joined the Global Studies team in 2017.

Lana completed her PhD in International Education at the University of Auckland. Her areas of professional interest include student support and engagement, intercultural communication, the global education industry and the knowledge economy.

She is a Red Cross volunteer and a part of the Arts First Responder’s support network.

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In memoriam: Dr Hilary Chung

Dr Hilary Chung, the inspiring and energetic founding director of the Global Studies programme at the University of Auckland, passed away in August 2020. Hilary’s passion was instrumental in the development and success of the programme.

Read our tribute to Hilary