The New Context

The New Context is the multimedia, student-driven Journal of International Affairs at The New School’s Julien. J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs. With an international and comprehensive lens, this platform covers Politics & Policy, Community, Media & Tech, and the Arts while providing a space to elevate student work. The New Context is the home for blog posts, excerpts from class-work, photo-essays and documentary films, and The New Context podcast!

Giving Classwork a Wider Platform

At The New School, International Affairs students produce a portfolio of classwork on a wide variety of fascinating topics. From Elena Teare’s fieldwork based thesis project on mestizo solidarity and coalition building in Nicaragua’s MIskito secessionist movement to Hamda Yusuf’s blog on the varied ways the Somali diaspora utilizes the internet, The New Context provides an opportunity to showcase student work. Visit The New Context to learn about Martino Ozzo’s work on agricultural systems in Cuba, Martha Midkiff’s experience presenting her paper on Paul Kagame and the Rwandan economy at an emerging scholars conference,  or Keith Beizer’s work as a summer intern at the Permanent Mission to El Salvador to the United Nations. 

IFP Correspondents

Each summer, as students spread out across the world as part of the International Field Program (IFP) and Studio Programs,  the IFP Field Correspondents are our eyes and ears on the ground, telling their stories as they conduct independent research, contribute to the vital work of local non-profits, NGOs, and government agencies, and gain invaluable international experience.  Their work is published on The New Context!

United Nations Summer Study Op-Eds

Each summer, the United Nations Summer Study takes students on the ground in New York City and the United Nations. Part of their coursework is to write an op-ed on an issue of international importance, which often find a home on The New Context. Past essays have focused on Catalan independence, Internally Displaced Persons, and challenging the supremacy of the Security Council. 

A space for multi-media work

The International Affairs Programs at The New School are notable for their innovative focus on media work and projects. The New Context hosts work from photo essays to documentary films. 

The New Context Podcast

The New Context Podcast is a platform to delve deeper into niche topics with faculty experts at the International Affairs Programs! Tune in for discussions on their personal research, their take on topics of international importance, or answers to student questions. 

Share your work!

Interested in publishing your work on The New Context? We are always looking for interesting, insightful and thought-provoking work to share! You can submit via this form, or email us at