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Global Public Voices

Black Lives Matter June 2020 protest in Manchester, UK

The Einaudi Center’s Global Public Voices advocacy initiative promotes Cornell faculty’s public engagement on campus, in national debates, and around the world.

As a Global Public Voices faculty fellow, you’ll receive training and mentoring to expand your reach and share your expertise with wider U.S. and global audiences. Working with think tanks, local community college faculty, and international university partners, you’ll engage to increase the public impact of your knowledge. This year's partnership with Oxfam America broadens our impact and provides collaboration opportunities and concrete approaches to dismantling unequal systems.  

Thought Leadership for Global Publics

New barriers are being erected in our world today, and governments and their citizens alike are turning inward. The global order of unequal exchange and mobility affects every aspect of society, but the consequences are unevenly distributed.

Global Public Voices addresses these inequities by elevating the scholarship and voices of faculty thought leaders. Thought leadership is using our academic research and expertise to speak to questions of our times—to reach, inform, and influence broad and diverse publics. In doing so, we can expand public understanding in line with scientific knowledge. At the same time, thought leaders are informed by global publics, leading to new and necessary approaches to international studies.

We aim to promote a diverse set of scholars across contextual and geographical divides and bring together scholars, thinkers, and makers who can see new solutions and envision a more just and equitable future.

This Year's Theme: Inequalities and Social Justice

The Einaudi Center supports public scholarship, thought leadership, and advocacy campaigns to address intersectional inequalities experienced across the globe. The world around us—locally and transnationally—is marked by deepening inequality in access to resources, health, rights, security, and well-being. We seek to challenge these inequalities and work toward social justice by leveraging basic research, international collaborations, iterative knowledge production, and public dissemination and engagement.

This year's theme expands on Global Public Voices' 2020–21 focus on global antiracism and racial justice. The theme is an inclusive intellectual framework that encompasses many culturally inflected categories of difference and cleavages in society, including race, religion, gender and sexuality, class, caste, language, and ethnicity.

Systemic and overlapping inequalities create barriers to achieving social justice on a global scale. The urgency of addressing such inequalities requires cross-disciplinary cooperation, calling on contributions from scholars of human rights, social exclusion and inclusion, welfare models, economic growth, agricultural production, human development, international security, gender and sexuality, labor, development, religion, climate and sustainability, and more. Join us!

Black Lives Matter June 2020 protest in Manchester, UK
Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester, England, June 2020. Learn about Einaudi's inequalities and social justice global research priority.


Applications closed October 13 at 5:00 p.m. ET.


$1,000 research award. Fellows will also receive:

  • Media and outreach training

  • Media Relations Office contacts and support
  • Public-facing promotion
  • Opportunities for policy brief writing and events
  • Support in pursuit of external funding
  • Monthly fellows’ dialogues on vision, goals, and practice

Global Public Voices fellows are eligible to seek 2021–22 Einaudi seed funding to support their public scholarship.


Applications are open to all tenure-track faculty and academic staff who seek to engage with new public audiences. This includes professors of the practice, clinical professors, and lecturers; this cycle is not open to postdoctoral fellows and associates.

Participants must commit to attending monthly virtual dialogues and producing at least two forms of public scholarship during the yearlong program. We are committed to building a cohort that is inclusive across all identities and backgrounds. We will take into account a variety of factors, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, geography, age, gender, and area of expertise.

Please email Einaudi director Rachel Beatty Riedl with any inquiries.

Skills Training and Tentative Schedule

Global Public Voices provides training to fellows seeking to engage in media and public debates. The program will share strategies to shape public and policy priorities while educating diverse audiences and help you amplify your research and voice through international dissemination networks.

Monthly dialogues provide professional development opportunities to explore value and meaning in global engagement. We will discuss advancing the role of Cornell University and its faculty in making and exchanging knowledge and how we add value pedagogically and through international collaborations.

Virtual Dialogues

  • October | Setting the Stage: Making Knowledge in a Global Era
  • November | Building a Global Scholarly Profile: Expertise and Voice
    • Training session: Media Relations team on media presence, considering your expertise, and public profile
  • December | Op-Ed Training
    • Training session: Media Relations op-ed experts
  • January | Outreach and Extension: Planning Globally
    • Strategy session: Institute for International Education and Einaudi outreach coordinator
  • February | Grant Writing and Funding Landscapes
    • Training session: Einaudi grant writing expert
  • March | Policy Briefs: Report Writing and Events
  • April | University Models of Public Exchange: Institutional Supports and Reforms

Additional Information