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Global Perspectives Blog

The Global Perspectives blog on Medium aims to curate perspectives about global affairs from across the Stanford community, including students, faculty, staff, researchers, and visiting scholars, representing a broad range of fields and points of view.

The blog provides an inclusive and respectful space for the scholarly exchange of ideas, research and reflections about experiences abroad, in order to show the value of looking at the world through a global and interdisciplinary lens.

While Stanford Global Studies directly serves the Stanford community, this blog also aims to connect with audiences around the world. Contributors have expertise or field experience relating to the subject of their submission, and the views expressed here are the views of individual authors and interviewees, not that of Stanford Global Studies nor the University. SGS is nonpartisan, and the blog does not support any one cause or agenda.

Read the blog here.

Now Accepting Submissions!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be in English, between 400 and 1500 words, and accompanied by a headline or short description, and a brief author biography (with relevant links to social media profiles, etc.). We will consider posting articles in other languages in addition to the English version. 

We accept a variety of formats and content types, such as photo essays, commentary or educational insights about a world topic or event, interviews, profiles, course projects, theses, experiences abroad, debates, and more.

If you have a relevant photo to pair with your article, please include it with a caption in your submission.

“Global Perspectives” commentaries are aimed at a general audience. Submissions should be professional, conversational, and should hyperlink to cited information whenever possible, but should not include unexplained acronyms or jargon. Additional style tips are included below.

Submissions do not need to be exclusive to SGS and can be reposted to other Stanford websites and social media platforms. Please request permission to repost content to other sites, and please cite the Stanford Global Studies Division and link to and reference the post on either the SGS news page or Medium page.

To submit a commentary, email Kendra Davidson at kdavidson@stanford.edu.  

Writing tips for the Global Perspectives Blog

  • Optimal length is 600-1,000 words long.
  • Use a professional and conversational style. Avoid clichés, jargon, academic language and acronyms. When referencing sophisticated concepts, be sure to clearly explain them. The Hemingway editor tool can help with this. Also, see blog examples below for a better understanding of Medium’s tone. 
  • Here is a helpful Style Guide for writing compelling stories on Medium
  • Is your introduction intriguing, engaging and different?
  • Always use examples to support your points or help tell your story, perhaps based on personal experience. Don’t generalize.
  • Try to find recent research or media coverage about your topic, and link to it in your blog.
  • Check your facts. Every post on the “Global Perspectives” blog must be factually accurate. There’s no point in guessing or speculating. You need to have an up-to-date statistic or reference, and a link, to show where you found it.
  • Do not make unsubstantiated libelous claims against people. You can’t change a quote to make it say what you want it to say. If someone has said something they may later deny having said, it’s good if you have it on tape, or written down word for word. 
  • Avoid standing on a soapbox. Quoting a variety of people will help to bring other voices into your piece.
  • Read your story aloud when you’re finished. Is that how you talk?
  • If you have questions about spelling, grammar or punctuation, please follow AP style.

Still not sure where to start?

Here are a few great examples of other blogs to inspire you: