Author:Kline, Gary
Position:Profile of Association of Global South Studies - Organization overview

In order to provide an international structure for the humane and scientific study of peoples, problems, and issues in the world's developing countries, the late Dr. Harold Isaacs, professor emeritus of history at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA, founded the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), Inc., in 1983 with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life. The association now has a global membership and chapters in South Asia and Africa. In the summer of 2016, following a vote of the members of the association, ATWS was renamed the Association of Global South Studies (AGSS).

As ATWS, the association began its history as an institution in 1991 when, under the newly ratified ATWS constitution, elected officials assumed responsibility for managing the organization. Since 1992, the executive headquarters have been located at Georgia Southern University (1992-2003), Mississippi State University (2003-2006), and Louisiana State University-Shreveport (2006-). Because of the dedicated and energetic leadership of Zia H. Hashmi and Paul Rodell at Georgia Southern, Shu-hui Wu at Mississippi State, and William Pederson at LSUS, AGSS has made great progress as a global professional organization. In 1995, the United Nations recognized the success of AGSS by granting it UN consultative status, thus enabling the association to increase its direct impact on world development. AGSS has a website (, which will soon be revamped.

Membership in AGSS is open to any person interested in studying the developing countries. Yearly membership dues are $60.00, which includes an annual subscription to JGSS. The yearly subscription rate is $60.00; single copies are $30.00. Discounts are available for students and those living in the developing countries. Membership and subscription forms and copies of JTWS/JGSS may be obtained by writing to the Association of Global South Studies, Inc., P.O. Box 1893, Starkville, MS, 39760. Individuals interested in submitting articles to be considered or refereed for publication by the JGSS Board of Editors should write to the editor, Dr...

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