Department of History
Catherine S. Meschievitz
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director, Office of International Programs

Areas of Expertise
Modern South Asian History
Comparative Legal Cultures
International Studies

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Dr. Meschievitz is a specialist in Modern South Asian History and comparative legal cultures and has conducted research and written on informal justice, disputing, and legal history in India, Europe, and the U.S.    She studied and conducted research for nearly three years in India on grants from the University of California-Berkeley, the Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Institute of Indian Studies.   A portion of her early research on informal justice in India was published in the book chapter “In Search of Nyaya Panchayats: The Politics of a Moribund Institution” (with Marc Galanter) in The Politics of Informal Justice,Vol 2: Comparative Studies (New York, Academic Press, 1982).  

Dr. Meschievitz also studied comparative legal cultures in Europe as a visiting scholar at the University of Bremen, which led to the edited volume Beyond Disputing: Exploring Legal Cultures in Five European Countries (with Konstanze Plett, Baden Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1991).   From 1992 to 1996 she served as the Executive Secretary for the Consortium on Globalization, Law and the Social Sciences (CONGLASS) where she created and managed multiple international research networks world-wide, and organized international network meetings in Spain, Scotland, Canada, and the USA.

Dr. Meschievitz is the Director of   FAU’s Office of International Programs, where she coordinates study abroad, international exchanges, and internationalization efforts for the university and all nine colleges.   She previously served as the Senior Associate Dean of International Studies and Associate Director of the International Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Her university administrative experience emphasizes all aspects of international education, international research consortia, interdisciplinary program formation, extramural grants preparation, and strategic planning.    International academic areas of interest in recent years include the evolution of international studies and area studies at American universities, the shifting nature of U.S.-Europe transatlantic relations, Asian Studies, and global citizenship.

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)


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