About the Director

Prof. Kristen Lucken lived and worked in Moscow and the Former Yugoslavia from 1990-1998, during a time of great historical change in Central and Eastern Europe. After returning to the United States, she joined Peter Berger at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University as an Earhart Fellow and completed her Ph.D. there. 

Dr. Lucken's research focuses on ethnic and religious identity in an age of globalization. She is particularly interested in the religious and educational lives of second generation immigrants and the ways social institutions can facilitate or hinder their incorporation. 

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Master of Arts program in Global Studies at Brandeis University, located just outside of Boston.

Our dynamic, interdisciplinary program matriculated its first class in September 2009, and now has alumni working in a variety of industries, from the non-profit sector to education, health care, and government. We also have alumni pursuing Ph.D.s, as well as other advanced degrees such as the M.Ed. and M.P.H..  This site is a window for you to learn more about the specifics of the program’s faculty, curriculum, and requirements, as well as information about admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and graduate student life.

I also encourage you to follow links to other academic, research, and administrative units so that you can get a fuller picture of the rich resources of Brandeis University. As Director of the Global Studies program, I am happy to answer your questions by e-mail and in person if you are able to visit our campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

Kristen Lucken


Prof. Kristen Lucken