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  • Professor L. DeVriese

    L. DeVriese

    Associate Professor of Global Studies
    Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
    Associate Professor of Social Justice

    Biography

    Dr. DeVriese joined the Global Studies program at Hamline in August 2008. Dr. DeVriese was previously teaching at Texas Tech University (2007-2008). From 2004-2007, Dr. DeVriese was a faculty member in the international studies program at Zayed University in Dubai, where she also headed the university-wide Women, Youth and Development Program. Before joining Zayed University, Dr. DeVriese taught Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal. After completing her graduate training in political science (2002), Dr. DeVriese did her postdoctoral studies at McGill University (Centre for Research and Training on Women). Her research examines the role of transnational human’s rights NGOs and movements in shaping public agendas and generating discourses on the reconceptualization of citizenship for marginalized groups. Dr. DeVriese's research has been published in edited volumes from Routledge, Gerlach Press and Edward Elgar Publishing as well as peer-reviewed journals such as Cultural Dynamics (Sage) and Perspective on Global Developments and Technology (Brill). Her new book examines the recent wave of political reform in the Middle East: “Virtual Democracies: Social Media and the Democratization of the Public Sphere in the Middle East” (Ashgate, 2013).

    Credentials

    M.A. in Political Science (IR specialization), University of Toronto, 1996. Ph.D., Interdisciplinary / Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, 2002. Post-Doc, McGill University, Montreal 2003

    Teaching Area
    Global Studies, Middle East Studies, International Human Rights, Transnational Social Movements, and Global Justice

    TEACHING STYLE

    My teaching philosophy reflects my interests in collaborative authorship, raising global awareness, interdisciplinarity, critical thinking, and experiential and service learning. Using the Socratic Method, I draw on current events pertinent to students’ lives to introduce questions that structure classroom discussion. In-class time, therefore, consists of a combination of lectures, small-group discussion, large-group discussion, films, and debates. In all my courses, I place heavy emphasis on critical thinking and real-world applications of the concepts and issues we study. Because of my commitment to critical pedagogy, and its attention to social justice, the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, and the social and political context of learning, my courses – irrespective of discipline or course content – always involve a critique of tradition and the consideration of new social arrangements. Equipping students with the skills to reflect critically about the ideas and theories contained within both classical texts and contemporary scholarly articles cultivates a new sense of agency. My aim is to have students freed by the end of the semester from previous conceptions or interpretations.

    In my teaching as well as my research, I am inspired by the words of bell hooks who makes a compelling argument for the need to transform ourselves into teachers armed with “radical and subversive” strategies that are capable of breaking new ground."

    - L. DeVriese