Alan Karras

Job title: 
Associate Director, Senior Lecturer
Department of Global Studies

Alan Karras is Associate Director of International and Area Studies; he has taught at Berkeley for nearly 25 years, and has been honored both locally and nationally for his teaching and service. A former chair of the College Board’s AP World History committee, and the author of several books and articles on subjects as diverse as migration, transnational crime (including smuggling and piracy), he is also an author of one of the leading World History textbooks. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA/MA from The Johns Hopkins University, where he decided not to become that kind of a doctor. His upcoming course is Classical Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective.

Research interests: 

Eighteenth-century Caribbean history, especially as it relates to more recent global issues in political economy.