Assistant Professor of the Practice; Associate Director, Center for International Higher Education
Laura Rumbley is passionate about comparative and international higher education, exploring key trends and issues through different national and cultural perspectives. Her research examines how the internationalization of higher education manifests in theory, policy, and practice—within and across regions, institutions, and national systems.
As the program coordinator for the new Master of Arts in International Higher Education, Rumbley designs and teaches courses while advising students on their thesis projects. Through her work, she aims to bridge the gap between higher education scholars and policymakers to yield meaningful decision-making.
Rumbley earned her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University, her master’s degree at SIT Graduate Institute, and her doctorate at Boston College. She has authored several articles, books, chapters, and reports. Her 2009 publication, Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution, served as the foundational document for the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education and continues to prove a vital reference for the field.
Rumbley is active in training and presenting at professional conferences around the world—from Russia to Ethiopia, Norway, and Mexico. She serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education and the chair of the European Association for International Education’s Publications Committee.