International Trade & Exchange Research Community

UNCW Research Community in International Trade and Exchange (RCITE)

The RCITE Team

Principal Organizers: Mark Spaulding (HST) and Pete Schuhmann (ECN)
Administrative Support: Kirsten Wisneski (R&I)
SPARC Partners: Kati Chipps and Dana Bell
Advancement Partner: Megan Gorham
Business Services: Priscilla Sykes (R&I) 


The Chancellor’s Office, CAS, CSB, and Research and Innovation (R&I) have joined to together to provide support to create and grow a Research Community in International Trade and Exchange (RCITE). Mark Spaulding (HST) and Pete Schuhmann (ECN) are serving as the principal organizers of the research community. Some of you may have already heard of or participated in these efforts which continue to gain momentum. 

Our goal over the next few years is to build a permanent center for research and teaching on international trade and exchange here at UNCW. We have already identified several promising sources of external funding. 

Activities and Events

Maritime Security Studies Reading and Writing Group

  • Alderson et al., "Analysis of the Global Maritime Transportation System as a Layered Network," Journal of Transportion Security (2020) | April 7, 2022
  • Anup Phayal's draft manuscript, "Interstate Hostility and Maritime Crime: Evidence from South East Asia" | March 17, 2022
  • Taylor Fain's draft manuscript, "Guardians of the Cape Sea Route?: The United States and The Challenge of South Africa in the Indian Ocean, 1967-1980 | December 2, 2021 
  • Christian Bueger and Timothy Edmunds, “Beyond Seablindness: A New Agenda for Maritime Security Studies,” International Affairs (2017) | October 28, 2021 

RCITE Faculty Fellows

Join Us! (No obligations beyond what you wish to do.)

  • Get on our email mailing list by contacting Kirsten Wisneski at 
  • Attend our presentations
  • Make a research presentation to the group
  • Bring the RCITE to the attention of any UNCW colleagues who are working in international trade and exchange, but are not yet on our mailing list
  • Send ideas, suggestions, even criticism to Mark Spaulding