M.A. in Global Thought


FEBRUARY 10TH | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM ET


The Master of Arts in Global Thought takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring critical global issues. This academic program challenges students to engage with new concepts and generate innovative questions as they examine the complexities of our interconnected and always evolving world. Students take courses taught by members of the Committee on Global Thought, an international roster of renowned scholars from across Columbia University. Accepted students begin the program in September and graduate the following May.

Join us for a conversation between Dr. Kevin Funk (Academic Fellow in Global Thought), Dr. Sarah Miller-Davenport (Graduate Program Director), and alumni Sidra Yousaf (Class of 2022) and Rasmus Foss (Class of 2022). The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

About the Speakers

Sarah Miller-Davenport, Graduate Program Director, Committee on Global Thought

Dr. Sarah Miller-Davenport is a historian whose research and teaching focus on how the global circulation of ideas, people, and capital shaped American society in the decades after World War II, with a particular emphasis on how the local intersects with national and global scales of historical change. She is the author of Gateway State: Hawai‘i and the Cultural Transformation of American Empire (Princeton 2019). Prior to joining Columbia, Miller-Davenport was a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield, and she has held fellowships at the New York Historical Society and NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab.

Kevin Funk, Fellow in Global Thought, Committee on Global Thought

Kevin Funk is a Fellow in Global Thought. He is a political economist and Latin Americanist who specializes in globalization, the politics of Brazil and Chile, and urban studies. He is also interested in the sociology of academic knowledge production, cultural analysis, and qualitative and interpretive methods. Funk is the author of Rooted Globalism: Arab-Latin American Business Elites and the Politics of Global Imaginaries, which is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. His writings have also appeared in Journal of Cultural Economy, International Studies Perspectives, New Political Science, PS: Political Science & Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and The Latin Americanist, as well as in numerous edited volumes. Funk received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has conducted extensive international fieldwork.

Rasmus Foss, Analyst, Think Tank EUROPA

Global Thought Alum ’21

A CGT graduate from the class of 2021, Rasmus Foss works today for a Copenhagen-based think tank with a focus on European politics. Before attending Columbia, Rasmus was a journalist at a Danish newspaper and studied at the Copenhagen Business School. Rasmus was born and raised in Denmark.

Sidra Yousaf, MPhil Student in Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oxford

Global Thought Alum ’22

Sidra completed her M.A. in Global Thought degree as part of the class of 2022 and has since the fall of 2022 been pursuing an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford as an Aker Scholar. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Oslo, as well as previous experience as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo and as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Sidra’s research interests are centered around nationalism, religion and identity politics in South Asia, with a special focus on Pakistan. When not studying, Sidra enjoys spending time with her college friends, taking long walks, and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate with an Ezra Klein podcast or Bollywood and Qawali music on ear.