In an interdisciplinary summer reading intensive project (May 13-July 1) and through forming connections with interdisciplinary colleagues at the 2013 International Studies Convention (April 3-6, 2013) I will diverge from my traditional field of economics to study key texts from sociology, anthropology, political science, history and philosophy with a goal of becoming conversant on the interdisciplinary topic of nationalism. Nationalism studies lends itself well to interdisciplinary work; major contributors to the field come from a diverse range of social science perspectives, but notably, not yet from economics. I believe that traditional economic theoretical frameworks will benefit from a more concrete engagement with other social sciences. I hope, through this project, to begin this engagement in my own scholarship. A traditional economics perspective views human beings as sets of narrowly defined data which produce quantifiable outcomes based upon a-historical assumptions of human behavior (maximization of utility) and of social purpose (pursuit of self-interest). However, in reality human decisions and actions are far more unpredictable than what traditional economic models assume. Nationalism represents one of many important aspects of complexity in human decision-making. My goals for this project are: to become familiar with methods utilized by other social science disciplines, form a collaborative interdisciplinary network of colleagues who share an interest in discussing nationalism; and re-orient my future scholarship in a deliberately interdisciplinary 'new direction'. In the true liberal arts tradition, I am hopeful that this project will also assist in the goal of calling for new directions within the discipline of economics.