Laura Hastings

Laura A. Hastings
Interim Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: (269) 387-5652
2045 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5492
Mailing address
Global and International Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5492 USA
Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
Teaching interests
  • International political economy
  • International relations
  • International institutions and regionalism
  • Latin American politics
Research interests
  • The politics of finance in emerging markets
  • Foreign aid as foreign policy
  • Curricular and pedagogical movements in the global studies field

Dr. Laura Hastings is interim director of global and international studies at Western Michigan University. Hastings joined the University in spring 2014 after teaching and holding administrative positions with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Hastings has developed and run interdisciplinary programs in global studies, international relations and European Union studies. Her teaching interests span topics in comparative political economy, including banking and finance, regional integration and multinational corporations. She has led study abroad programs to Peru and Nicaragua and has been active for many years with the United Nations Association and its programming.