Alan Karras is Associate Director of International and Area Studies. (Political Economy and Global Studies). He holds both a a BA and an MA from The Johns Hopkins University and another MA and Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania, all in History. Professor Karras’s research interests range from Scottish migration to the Caribbean in the eighteenth century, to global histories of smuggling and corruption in the modern world. He is particularly interested in the nexus between classical theories of political economy and illicit activities.
He is the author and editor of several books, and many articles. He is a member of the authorial team for the World History text, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart. He has also served on the editorial board for the Cambridge World History. He has held a number of fellowships, including a Fulbright, and has won several teaching awards, for his work both here at Berkeley and elsewhere. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Berkeley’s division of Social Sciences.