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Photo of CIHE staff 2014
Laura E. Rumbley, Maxim Denim, Georgiana Mihut, Ariane de Gayardon, Kara Godwin, Fawziah Albakr, Philip G. Altbach, and Gladys Beatriz Barreyro. (Ivan Pacheco not pictured)

Current Scholars

Gladys Barreyro

Gladys Beatriz Barreyro

Gladys Beatriz Barreyro is a scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational policy. She received her Ph.D. in education at the University of São Paulo; her M.A in Social Sciences at FLACSO, Argentina; and her B.A at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include higher education policy, especially accreditation and internationalization.  Gladys’ latest research is about the Mercosur Accreditation system, the Brazilian evaluation of higher education, and Brazilian higher education policies.  During her time at Boston College, she is working on a project titled Quality in Internationalization of Higher Education: Perspectives on Accreditation, with the support of the CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education in Brazil.  Gladys has published several books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles including Mapa do Ensino Superior Privado (2008, Brazil), Policies for Evaluation and Regulation of Higher Education in Brazil (1995-2010), “Supporting the Expansion of Private Higher Education” (2014, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, England, with J. C. Rothen &. A. Santana), and La Inclusión en la Educación Superior Latinoamericana: Las Nuevas Instituciones Públicas del Estado de San Pablo, Nuevos Campi, Viejas Desigualdades ? (2011, Argentina, with A. Aureliano).  

Kara Godwin

Kara Godwin

Kara A. Godwin is a visiting scholar and consultant at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) where she completed her PhD in 2013. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies domestic and global higher education. Her work focuses on curriculum, learning, teaching, and internationalization. Kara is particularly excited about investigating national and institutional policies that disrupt traditional ways of thinking about higher education. Her forthcoming book, Changing Tides: The Global Rise (and US Decline) of Liberal Education, analyzes the growing global interest in liberal arts education and is based on the Global Liberal Education Inventory, a worldwide database of 200 programs. Kara is the founder and director of the new Global Liberal Education Association, an international collaboratory for sharing research, news, and critical discourse. Before CIHE, Kara was at the Northwestern University Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Kara has been a visiting scholar at Amsterdam University College, a policy analyst for the Rhode Island (US) Board of Governors, and a consultant for projects on international development, curriculum assessment, study abroad, and faculty development. She enjoys teaching about the social context and impact of higher education, student learning, comparative systems of education, intercultural competence, public policy, project management, and strategic planning. In a former life, Kara was an IT analyst and project manager in the US and UK. She completed her master of science at Northwestern University (IL, 2005) and her BA at Augustana College (IL, 1996) both in the US

Ivan Pacheco

Ivan Pacheco

Iván Pacheco is a consultant and researcher in higher education.  His main topics of interest are quality assurance, peacebuilding, and the academic profession.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in higher education from Boston College.  Iván’s dissertation focused on the role of higher education in armed conflict and postconflict countries, particularly in his home country of Colombia.  He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and an intern at LASPAU-Harvard. With over fifteen years of higher education experience, his past roles include Director of Quality Assurance for the Colombian Ministry of Education, acting Vice Minister of Higher Education, and board member for more than ten Colombian public universities. He represented his country at the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education meetings and at RIACES, the Ibero-American Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. His publications include: Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (coeditor with Altbach, Reisberg, Yudkevich and Androushchak, 2012); Educación Culpable, Educación Redentora: Evolución Legislativa de la Educación Superior en Colombia (2004), and Nuevo Compendio de Normas sobre la Educación Superior (2001).  Iván is currently editing, together with Alberto Roa, a book on the challenges for Colombian higher education for the next decade.

Yukiko Shimmi

Yukiko Shimmi

Yukiko Shimmi is an assistant professor and international education advisor at the Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Yukiko received her Ph.D. degree in Higher Education at Boston College while she worked as a research assistant at CIHE. She earned her masters' degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota with a Fulbright scholarship. She also holds a Bachelors' of Arts in Human Relations from Keio University in Japan. Yukiko's research focuses on international visiting scholars and their experiences in the United States. She also studies the impact of study abroad experiences on students. At the University of Minnesota, she worked for International Student and Scholar Services and contributed to programing and support for international and domestic students. Previously she worked for two Japanese universities in student services and academic affairs with both domestic and international students. Yukiko's articles, "The Decline of Japanese International Students" (issue #64, Summer 2011), "Should Japanese University Shift the Academic Calendar?" (issue #70, Winter 2013), and "International Visiting Scholars: Potential Resources through Brain-circulation and Internationalization" (issue #77, Fall 2014) were published in International Higher Education.

Marijk van der Wende

Marijk van der Wende

Marijk van der Wende is a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies and its Graduate School of Education and at the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College.
Marijk van der Wende is the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College. She is a professor in higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an honorary professor at CHEPS, the University of Twente. She will be appointed as the (first) Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University in September 2015.
Marijk van der Wende is a member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, section behavioral sciences), of the Higher Education Authority Ireland, of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, of the EU expert group on Key long term transformations in Research, Innovation and Higher Education (KT2050), and of the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Research and Debate on Science and Technology. She is also the Dutch representative to the GRE European Advisory Council and a member of various national and international editorial boards and advisory committees. In the past she held positions in prestigious organizations such as the OECD, NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher education), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). Her study and work brought her to several places in Europe including Belgium and France. Marijk van der Wende holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively. Her research focuses on innovation and the impact of globalization on higher education. She has published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems and institutions, including liberal arts colleges, regarding governance, strategy, curriculum, quality assurance, and ICT integration.

Past Scholars

Cecilia Adrogue

Cecilia Adrogué

Cecilia Adrogué is a postdoctoral scholar at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)-in San Andrés University- and Associate professor at Austral University in Argentina. She holds a PhD in Economics from San Andrés University, and has focused her studies in economics of education. At present she is working on the impact of the availability of public research funds on research at private universities, and on the determinants of drop-outs from high school and college.

Her publications include: Equality of educational opportunities at public primary schools in Argentina. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (81), 2013. Evolución y Perspectivas de la Educación en Argentina, su cobertura y su calidad. Cultura Económica (in press) special number on Education, written with María Eugenia Orlicki. Do in-school feeding programs have an impact on academic performance? The case of public schools in Argentina. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(50) 2013; written with María Eugenia Orlicki. Implicit Assumptions when Measuring in Economics: The Human Development Index (HDI) as a Case Study. Cultura Económica Año XXVIII, No. 79 (2010: 33-42); written with Ricardo Crespo. Unemployment and private returns to higher education in Argentina (1974-2002). Ensayos de Política Económica, (Noviembre 2010: 32-53) Educa. Do Longer School Days Have Enduring Educational, Occupational, or Income Effects? A Natural Experiment in Buenos Aires, Argentina Economia, 10(1), Fall 2009: 1-39; written with Juan J. Llach and María E. Gigaglia. Comment by C. Orgales.


Hanife Akar

Hanife Akar is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She earned a B.A. in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University, and a Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English, RSA, Cambridge University, UK. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle East Technical University. Akar attended an integrated doctoral program with a TUBA scholarship as a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Education in the years 2002-2003. She became the assistant to Chair and Erasmus Coordinator between the years 2004 and 2008. And has been teaching various courses at graduate and undergraduate level since then, to name few are compulsory courses such as Research Methods in Education and Program Evaluation, and developed and taught elective graduate courses such as Teaching in Higher Education, and Education and Social Policy.

Akar has coordinated several nation-wide research on migration and equity and comparative international research on teachers’ morality and moral development. She has also been involved in various European Union Lifelong Learning projects as the national coordinator such as Active Citizenship education (ACT!), Climate-Friendly Management in European Schools (CLIMES), and DIALOGUE: Bridges between Researchers and Practitioners in ULLL.

Akar’s research focuses on internationalization of higher education, education policy and equity mainly. She is Turkish-Dutch bilingual, speaks English fluently, and has a good commend of German.


Fawziah Albakr

Fawziah Albakr is a professor of Sociology of Education in the Educational Policy department, women's section at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She received her masters degree from King Saud University and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her thesis discussed the role of education in the mobility of Saudi women in the labor market. In 2002-2003, Fawziah served as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University where she carried out a project to explore the latest trends in the area of sociology of education, which lead to a book in Arabic. Because this book was viewed as a milestone in Arabic literature in the field, Fawziah is planning to write a second edition while at Boston College.
Fawziah’s major focus is on women, education and gender equality that is reflected in her papers presented in conferences around the world. Fawziah is known for her activism in children's and women's rights in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of the 125 women of impact in the world.
Her published work (some of her publications in Arabic journals) includes: The Elusiveness of Teacher Quality: a Comparative Analysis of Teacher Certification and Student Achievement in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries in Prospects co-written with Dr. Alix Wiseman. She is about to publish a paper entitled: Empowered but not equal: the traditional gender roles as seen by university students in Saudi Arabia in English.
At the moment, Fawziah is the head of two research projects: one about women and sports in Saudi Arabia and the other one about the use of technology between female and male teachers at middle schools in Riyadh.


Armando Alcantara

Armando Alcantara is profesor and researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre la Universidad y la Educacion (IISUE) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also teaches in UNAM’s graduate program in Pedagogy, and is member of the Seminar on Higher Education in the same university.

He was visiting scholar at the Center, from September 2000 to April 2001, and undertook a study of science and technology in universities of developing countries that was published in Spanish in Revista de la Educacion Superior (Vol. XXXi (123): 91-109).

His research interests are in higher education policy, the impact of globalization on educational policies, and comparative higher education.

Suaad F. Al-Harthi

Dr. Suaad Fahad Al-Harthi is one of the distinguished women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She works at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University (PNU) in Riyadh in Education College. She is a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (2010/11). She finished her higher education yielding her M.A. in Administrative and Educational Planning from King Saud University in Riyadh, and her thesis was titled: “A Comparative Analysis of Daily Work of the Schools Principals in Private and Public Girls Schools in each of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.” As for her Ph.D., she got it in the Education Philosophy, Educational Administration from the Female Education College in Riyadh, and the dissertation was: A Proposed Model for Cost Reduction in the Education Females Colleges Using Business Process Re engineering Methodology. 

She has an extensive experience in directing and supervising the progress of Saudi Arabia’s 15 Female Community Colleges from 2004-2007. She has presented scientific papers at national and international academic meetings: "Indicators of strategic planning in the faculties of girls in Saudi universities: the view of faculty members Higher Education” at Taibah University; "Educational Initiative for the Development of Girls in Rural Communities” at Dubai, United Arab Emirates; “Virtual Systems in Education and Training” at Saudi Management Association; "The Vision of the Future of Educational Institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” at Abha tourism forum; and "Business Process Reengineering in Higher Education, Higher Education: Visions of the Future“ at Arab Thought Foundation, Beirut. She has also published two books about Education in Arabic Language: "A primary school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (concept, functions, problems)” in 2006 by Alrushd, and “Business Process Reengineering in Organizations of Higher Education” in 2005 by the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States. 


Cibele Yahn de Andrade

Cibele Yahn de Andrade is a researcher at the Center for Research in Public Policy at Unicamp since 1986. She graduated in Social Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1978, with a specialization in History (1982) at Unicamp. Cibele attended to various courses in Urban Planning and Public Policies for Education. She worked as assistant at the Secretary of Planning of the Mayor of Campinas.

Cibele was the coordinator at Unicamp of the Regional Workshop for Education in Latin America and Caribe (OREAL/UNESCO) and of the regional Network for Educational Innovation (Red Innovemos). She is a deputy representative of the University of Campinas in the steering committee for Office of the Ombudsman at the Mayor’s Office in Campinas. 

Her research interests are in the field of public policies for education, especially in studies related to the policies that affect the profile of supply and demand for higher education in Brazil.


Szilvia Barta

Szilvia Barta graduated as a philologist and teacher of English language and literature – pedagogy in 2009 from the University of Debrecen, Hungary and received state-funded grant as a full-time Phd student 2009-2011. She got her final certificate in the Education Studies PhD program at the University of Debrecen in 2012, and was appointed as an asssitant lecturer at the Institute of Education Studies there in the same year. She has taught various courses in the Pedagogy, Sociology, and Social Work bachelor, and Education Studies, Sociology and Social Policy master programs besides some introductory courses in teacher training modules.  

She is the secretary and member of the Hungarian Educational Research Association, and a Fulbright visiting student researcher at Boston College January-July, 2013. Prior to this, she was research coordinator and research fellow in various research projects conducted by the Center for Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Debrecen.

She is interested in academic ethics, academic misconduct, academic integrity, learning and teaching norms and attitudes in higher education, most recently, she has started to focus on teacher education students.


Charles Beirne, SJ  

Fr. Beirne served as principal of Colegio San Ignacio in Puerto Rico and Regis High School in NYC. After  appointments as associate dean of the Georgetown Business School and academic vice president at Santa Clara, he went to the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) of El Salvador in 1990 to replace the academic vice president who had been assassinated. Before becoming President of Le Moyne College in Syracuse in 2000, Fr. Beirne also served as academic vice president of the Jesuit University in Guatemala (Universidad Rafael Landivar). At the request of the Jesuit superior general he later worked as a consultant for the Jesuits of Africa to establish the first Jesuit universities on that continent.


Andrés Bernasconi

Andrés Bernasconi is associate professor of higher education and the School of Education of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he is also head of the higher education program at the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice.  In his career as an administrator, he has served as institutional researcher, dean, vice-president for research, and provost. A lawyer by training, he holds a Master of Public Policy (Harvard University) and a PhD in Sociology of Organizations (Boston University). His research is international comparative in scope and focuses on the academic profession, regulatory issues, and university leadership.


Ivar Bleiklie

Ivar Bleiklie is professor of political science in the department of administration and organization theory, University of Bergen, Norway. He currently directs the ESF-funded project Transformation of Universities in Europe. He has published numerous books and articles on higher education policy and organisational change in the higher education.

Among his publications are University Governance: Western European Comparative Perspectives (2009), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with C. Paradeise, E. Reale & E. Ferlie); From Governance to Identity (2008), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with Alberto Amaral and Christine Musselin); Transforming Higher Education. A Comparative Study (2nd edition) (2006), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with M. Kogan, M. Bauer, & M. Henkel); Governing Knowledge: A Study of Continuity and Change in Higher Education (2005), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with Mary Henkel); and Policy and Practice in Higher Education: Reforming Norwegian Universities (2000), London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley (with R. Høstaker & A. Vabø).


Tingzhu Chen

Dr. Tingzhu Chen is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. His research interests and areas are Theories of Higher Education and Higher Education Administration. 

He has published two scholarly books: Higher Education in the Learning Society and The Ideal of University: the Value Orientation, standpoint and Limitation. He has published more than 20 scholarly academic research papers in leading higher education journals in China: Education Research, Higher Education Research, Higher Engineering Education Research and Comparative Education Research. He has conducted four national and provincial level research projects sponsored by the government. He has also been a consultant on "Higher Education Strategic Planning", for such universities as Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Civil Aviation University of China, and Qingdao University.


Jan Currie

Jan Currie from Australia is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Social and Community Research at Murdoch University and Adjunct Professor in Economics and Commerce at the University of Western Australia. She is currently working part-time as a Senior Policy Adviser in the Pay Equity Unit of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection with the Western Australian State Government. She is also Chair of the Board of Management of the One World Centre that provides global education for teachers and pre-service education students.

She was a visiting scholar at the Center in 1998-99 and undertook a case study of Boston College that was included in the book Globalizing Practices and University Responses: European and Anglo-American Differences (Praeger, 2003).

Her research interests are in higher education policy, the impact of globalization on universities, academic freedom, research assessments and autonomy for universities, gender pay equity and the sociology of work.


Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is Professor (Lector) of Internationalization of Higher Education at the School of Economics and Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He is also a private consultant, heading De Wit International Higher Education Consultancy. Dr. de Wit was the Founding Dean of Windesheim Honours College of the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Zwolle. He also previously served as the Director of the Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise of the Hague Academic Coalition, and senior policy advisor of the T.M.C. Asser Institute of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hans de Wit has been the Director of the Office of Foreign Relations, Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in the period 1986-2005.

Hans de Wit is a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is the Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education, published by the Association for Studies in International Education and (as of 2001) by SAGE publishers. He was a New Century Scholar (NCS) of the Fulbright Program in the 2005-2006, participating in the cycle on "Higher Education in the 21st Century." Research conducted as a New Century Scholar resulted in the book The Dynamics of International Student Circulation in a Global Context, co-edited with four NCS colleagues from Asia and Africa and published in 2008 by SensePublishers.

Both in 1995 and 2006 he spent a semester as visiting scholar at Boston College, in 1995 at the Sociology Department and in 2006 at the Center for International Higher Education.


Maxim Demin

Maxim Demin is a senior lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg branch). He studied at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Universities of Jena and Konstanz (Germany). His PhD thesis (2009) looked into the evolution of philosophy in German universities in the middle of the 19th century.
He was a Guest co-editor (with Alyssa DeBlasio –Dickinson College, USA) for the special issue of the Russian Journal of Communication (Routledge) entitled: “The Scholarly Journal as a Form of Communication”.
His academic interests include the institutional history of philosophical knowledge, as well as the rhetorical and medial aspects of knowledge production. 


Bie Dunrong

Bie Dunrong is a Professor in the School of Education at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His research areas are Management of Higher Education, Theories of Higher Education, and Business and Management of Education. Dr. Bie is also an adjunct professor of Xiamen University, Fujian Agricultural University, Liaoning University of Science and Technology, Jinan University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China Three Gorges University and Zhaoqing College, acts as a standing member of Chinese Society of Higher Education Evaluation, a standing member of Chinese Society of Higher Education Management, a member and vice secretary general of Chinese Society of Higher Education Study. He has a wide range of international experience in a number of countries, such as France, U.S.A., Japan, Norway, and Austria, etc. He has published more than 20 books as author, editor, co-editor and translator, and published about 150 academic papers in Chinese, English and Japanese. He also acts as an adviser of university development and higher education policy. He has been invited to give lectures and taught courses in over 70 universities and colleges.


Heather Eggins

Professor Heather Eggins is currently Visiting Professor at the Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, UK, and a senior member of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She was a Fulbright New Century Scholar 2005/2006 working on the topic of ‘Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response’. She was Editor of Higher Education Quarterly for the period Jan 2004- March 2007. Her last post was Director of the Society for Research into Higher Education. Her previous career spanned academic administration, working for the UK Council for National Academic Awards, editing – Editor for The University of Colorado at Boulder- and lecturing at various universities (Boulder, Colorado; Warwick; University of Ulster).

Her research interests lie generally in the area of policy and strategy in higher Education, with particular interest in access issues, and the impact of globalisation.

Adnan El-Amine

Adnan El-Amine is professor in the Faculty of Education at Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. He holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne. He is a member of the UNESCO National Commissoon for Lebanon, and has been a member of the coordinating committee of the Arab Education Forum. He is editor of Quality Assurance in Arab Universities, Reform of General Education in the Arab Countries, and other books, and is author of numerous book chapters and articles in Arabic, English, and French. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in 2005.

Xiong Weng

Xiong Geng

Xiong Geng is an associate professor of Comparative Education at the Higher Education Institute in Nankai University, P.R.China. She earned her PhD from Beijing Normal University in 2006. She has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses: American Higher Education and Society, Curriculum and Instruction as well as Chinese Language and Culture for Foreign Students. Xiong Weng has published papers on various topics on higher education, such as educational associations, administration and management, general education curriculum, institutional accreditation. She also is the author of the book A Study on American Higher Education Associations (Intellectual Property Publishing House, Beijing, 2010). She translated The Sociology of Education (sixth Edition, authored by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Floyd M. Hammack) into Chinese with two other translators (Publishing House of the People’s University of China, 2012). She was the Principal Investigator of two research projects: A Comparative Study on University Governance, funded by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities and The Functions of Chinese Higher Education Associations, funded by the Ministry of Education, 2009-2012. Her present interests focus on faculty behaviors in the classroom, research integrity and student learning outcomes.


Xabier Gorostiaga


Xabier Gorostiaga, S.J., was born in Spain but spent his adult life working in Latin America, where he arrived in Cuba in 1958 and came to know Fidel Castro personally. He studied philosophy in Ecuador and Mexico, theology in the Basque Country of Spain, and economics at Cambridge in England. Father Gorostiaga was rector of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua from 1991-1997. He served as an advisor to the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, and was also the chief advisor to the government of Panama during its negotiations with the United States over the Panama Canal. Father Gorostiaga was active in Latin American Jesuit affairs, at one time holding the position of executive secretary of the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Company of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL). He was also the director of the journal Pensamiento Propio, a bilingual publication dedicated to the analysis of socioeconomic issues across the Caribbean.


Rudolf C. Heredia

Rudolf C. Heredia is a research fellow at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, and editor of the Institute’s journal, Social Action. He completed his Licencitiate in philosophy (1967) and his Bachelors in theology (1973) from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet, Pune, Maharastra. He has his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago (1979), and was the founder director of the Social Science Centre, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, 1980-1992 and director again in 1994-2003. In 1992-94 he was director, department of research, at the Indian Social Institute and edited the institute’s journal, Social Action, 1993-94. From 1998 – 2003 he was the rector of St. Xavier’s College. His interests include issues related to religion, education, globalisation At present he is working on affirmative action.

Some of his publications are: Voluntary Action and Development: Towards a Praxis for Non-Government Agencies, Concept, N. Delhi, 1988; Tribal Education for Community Development: A Study of Schooling in the Talasari Mission Area, ibid., 1992; Urban Housing and Voluntary Agencies: Case Studies in Bombay, Institute of Social Sciences, N. Delhi, 1989; Tribal Identity and Minority Status: The Katkari Nomads in Transition, 1994; The Family in a Changing World, and Secularism and Liberation: Perspectives and strategies for India Today, 1995, edited with Edward Mathias, Indian Social Institute, N. Delhi; Mobile and Marginalized Peoples: Perspectives from the Past, 2003, edited with Shereen F. Ratnagar, Manohar, N. Delhi; Changing Gods: Rethinking Conversion in India, Penguin, India, 2007.


Elisabeth Hovdhaugen

Elisabeth Hovdhaugen is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education in Oslo. She also teaches methodology at the University of Oslo and is currently working on a thesis on retention and dropout in Norwegian higher education. She will be spending the academic year 2008-2009 as a visiting scholar at the Center, and will mainly be working on articles on retention/dropout in Norwegian higher education. Travel grants from The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund and the Norwegian Research Council contributes to sponsoring her stay at the Center." Her research interest is mainly focused on students in higher education: retention, student engagement and effects of reforms on student behavior, but also quantitative methods and comparative higher education.


Liu Jin

Liu Jin is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at Huazhong University of Sciene and Technology (HUST). He is a visiting scholar at the CIHE at Boston College in the spring and the summer of 2012 (January- June). Liu jin conducted research under Professor Hong Shen’s guidance on "Changing Academic Profession (CAP)," which is a 26 countries comparison program. His Ph.D dissertation focuses on faculty mobility in Chinese top universities. Besides academic profession, he is interested in another research area which is called "College Self-enrollment" in China; he has published more than 10 articles, most of them are about fairness and efficiency during the process of College Self-enrollment. He is also very active participant in public service activities, he has given several lectures about how to choose universities and colleges to the low-income students every year for free.


Manja Klemenčič

Manja Klemenčič is postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) at University of Ljubljana and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (2010/11). Her postdoctoral research broadly focuses on European higher education reform processes. In particular her research is on two topics. First, she is a team member in the CEPS research project 'Differentiation, Equity, Productivity: the social and economic consequences of expanded and differentiated higher education systems – internationalisation aspects' (DEP-08-EuroHESC-OP-016). The project explores how internationalisation affects modern, post-elite higher education systems in Southeast Europe, and in particular how it affects the relationships between differentiation, social equity, and performance of graduates in the world of work.  Second, she works on student representation and participation in Europe resulting in a monograph ‘Student Representation in Europe since 1980s’ and a co-edited volume ‘Student Power in Europe’. Manja has completed PhD in International Studies at University of Cambridge in 2006. She held several research fellowships: at Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard (2007-2008), a Fulbright Fellowship at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (2004-2005), and, in 2004, a UACES Fellowship at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. In 2011/12 she will be joining Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin as a visiting researcher. Between 1999 and 2001, she acted as Secretary-General of ESIB-The National Unions of Students in Europe (now European Students’ Union).


Jane Knight

Jane Knight from Canada focuses her research on the international dimension of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels. She was a visiting scholar at CIHE in the fall of 2007 as part of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and studied the risks and benefits of crossborder education as a way to increase access and equity.

She is the author/editor of many publications on internationalisation concepts and strategies, quality assurance, institutional management, mobility, cross-border education, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and capacity building. In the last ten years she has been part of four regional studies and publications on internationalization of higher education in Europe/North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa. Dr Knight has been the principle researcher and author of several national and international survey projects on internationalization including the worldwide surveys conducted by the International Association of Universities. Her most recent book is Higher Education in Turmoil: The Changing World of Internationalization (2008). She is an adjunct professor at the Comparative, International, and Development Education Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


Ulla Kriebernegg

Ulla Kriebernegg works as an Assistant Professor for the Center of the Study of the Americas at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria. She studied English and American Studies and German Philology at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria and at University College Dublin, Ireland. In her Master thesis, she worked on the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. She is currently doing her PhD (dissertation topic: "Transatlantic Relationships in Higher Education: An Analysis of Cultural Narratives"). She teaches Cultural Studies at the Department of American Studies at the University of Graz. Her research interests are American literary and cultural studies, intercultural studies, transatlantic relationships in higher education and the impact of the Bologna Process.


Molly N.N. Lee

Dr. Molly N.N. Lee is the Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Programme for Development and Programme Specialist in Higher Education at UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok. Prior to joining UNESCO Bangkok, she has been a Professor of Education in University of Science, Malaysia, in Penang. Her research interests are higher education, teacher education, ICT in education and education for sustainable development.

Her publications are on higher education include: “Restructuring Higher Education in Malaysia”, “Private Higher Education in Malaysia”, “Malaysian Universities: Towards Equality, Accessibility, Quality”, “The Corporatisation of a Public University: Influence of Market Forces and State Control”and “Global Trends, National Policies and Institutional Responses: Restructuring Higher Education”.


Liudvika Leišyte 

Liudvika Leišyte holds a PhD degree from the University of Twente, where she defended her dissertation on University Governance and Academic Research in 2007. Prior to coming to CHEPS in 2003, she was a research student at Nottingham University, Faculty of Education. Liudvika obtained the MPhil degree in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oslo in 2002 and holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Business and a BA degree in Linguistics from Vilnius University. Her work experience includes, but is not limited to teaching and participating in the project work at Twente, Oslo and Vilnius Universities, being an educational advisor for Soros Foundation, and working as a protocol specialist at the Ministry of Economy in Lithuania.

Her research interests include European higher education governance and management, comparative and international education, university-industry collaboration. While visiting Boston College in particular she is interested in furthering her research and teaching in comparative and international higher education.


Daniel Lincoln

Daniel Lincoln is a higher education researcher and publications editor; most recently he was adjunct assistant professor at the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to this he was a programme specialist in UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest, Romania, and before that a lecturer and project coordinator at the University of Queensland’s Graduate School of Education in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Lincoln is editor of European Journal of Higher Education, and special issues editor of Studies in Higher Education, both published by Routledge UK. He has been a Fulbright Fellow (2000), Salzburg Seminar Fellow (1997), and Chicago Business Fellow (1993). Born in France and raised in West Africa, he received a BA in modern history from Pomona College (1995), and MSc and DPhil degrees in educational studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2002).


Kazuhito Obara

Kazuhito C Obara is Assistant Professor at Tamagawa University Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He received B.A. in Educational Psychology and M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College in 2001 and 2002, and Ph.D. in Social Science and Comparative Education from University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. His dissertation title was: University Leadership in the Second-Tier Private Universities in Japan. From the eyes of comparative higher education in the U.S. and Japan, he focuses on such areas as: university governance, management and leadership, university quality assurance and accreditation, and institutional research (IR).


Arevik Ohanyan

Arevik Ohanyan has been a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College courtesy of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), a program established by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education. She holds an MBA degree from the American University in Armenia. She is a junior faculty member at Eurasia International University (EIU) in Armenia and teaches courses in Strategic Management and Business Communications, as well as is the head of the Internal Quality Assurance Centre of the university. She serves also as an expert of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation and is involved in newly launched institutional and program level external quality assurance and accreditation process of tertiary level institutions in Armenia, which ensures quality compliance with the state academic standards and European Standards and Guidlines for Higher Education Quality Assurance. She is a co-author of the “Designing and Managing Courses” manual designed for junior faculty members in the framework of a project funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Her primary areas of academic interest include education policy, quality assurance, financial and administrative management of institutions of higher education, and innovative instructional technologies.


Gerard A. Postiglione

Postiglione is editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society, and four book series, two about China and two about Hong Kong. His books include: Asian Higher Education, East Asia at School, Education and Social Change in China, China National Minority Education, Education and Society in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong's Reunion with China. As a researcher/consultant Postiglione handled for projects of the Academy of Educational Development, Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development, Institute of International Education, International Development Research Center, and United Nations Development Programme, and he advised NGOs and foundations, including a year appointment as senior consultant to Ford Foundation/Beijing, and researcher on the academic profession for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was director of the Centre of Research on Education in China of the University of Hong Kong and is currently Head of its Division of Policy, Administration and Social Science.


Sybille Reichert

Sybille Reichert is a higher education consultant and analyst focusing on European university institutional development, internationalization and organization, and higher education policy. After leading strategic planning at ETH Zurich, Reichert began her own consultancy firm in 2004 ( where she works with European institutions and organizations such as the European Commission, the European University Association (EUA) or the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Reichert’s larger studies include EUA’s Trends III (2003) and IV (2005) examining Bologna reforms, an investigation of European university research strategy development, an analysis of Swiss university continuing education and inter-institutional cooperation, a comparative study of the universities in four European knowledge regions, and a study of diversity in European higher education systems as well as with individual universities in all parts of Europe.


Zeno Reinhardt

Zeno Reinhardt has been a Fulbright researcher at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, between 2010-2011. He is the coordinator of a regional distance learning center at the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania. Mr. Reinhardt is also a senior researcher in several international research and development projects coordinated by SNSPA in the area of higher education. Between 2008-2009 Mr. Reinhardt worked as senior advisor on higher education for the Romanian Minister of Education and Research and he was also actively involved in the development of a project for introducing a student loan scheme in Romania – project supported by the Romanian Government and the World Bank. His areas of interest include higher education management, internationalization of higher education, and policy development and implementation in higher education.


Fábio Reis

Fábio Reis is director and professor of Salesian University Center of São Paulo (UNISAL), campus of Lorena, Dr. in Social History by University of São Paulo. He published many articles and the latest is Processos de avaliação e de acreditação do ensino superior no Brasil: política educacional intervista, papel do mercado e alternativas a partir da comparação com outros países”. He wrote the book: “Perspectivas da Gestão Universitária” and organized the book “Formação e empregabilidade”. He is a Salesian University Institution (IUS) researcher and responsable by course especialization in ”University Management” at UNISAL. He has been participating of analyses in higher education at Sindicato das Entidades Mantenedoras de Estabelecimentos do Ensino Superior do Estado de São Paulo (SEMESP) and at Associação Brasileira dos Mantenedores da Educação Superior (ABMES). He was an evaluator in loco for Ministry Education Brazil in many institutions, during five years. He is a specialist in higher education trends. He was a Visiting Scholar at Center in 2010 and has been comparing the higher education system between Brazil and the United State about the theme market higher education and the role of the Catholic Institutions.


Alberto Roa

Alberto Roa is the Vicepresident for Academic Affairs at Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), position that he has hold for the last 15 years. He studied Philosophy at Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogota and he has a masters degree in Social and Educational Development at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional.

He has been professor and researcher in  areas related to Philosophy and Education. In recent years he has focused his academic work in issues like university management, quality assurance and accreditation. He has authored and co-authored several publications for CINDA, UNESCO and ASCUN, among others. He has also acted as peer reviewer in evaluation and institutional accreditation processes in Colombia and other Latin American countries.

His current research focuses on the impact of accreditation in Colombia, 20 years after its creation.


Maria Teresa Speziale

Maria Teresa Speziale is a Ph.D. in Business Economics and an Adjunct Professor in Accounting and in Financial Analysis at the Faculty of Economics, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Her academic researches, publications, and conferences concern governance and management of educational institutions, accounting and financial reporting, corporate governance, planning and control systems. In 2010 she spent nine months as a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, Lynch School of Education (tutor: Prof. Philip G. Altbach), six months as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, Education Department (tutor: Prof. Kenneth K. Wong), and three months as a Visiting Scholar at Boston University, School of Education (tutor: Prof. Charles L. Glenn), developing a research project titled "Governance and Accountability in Higher Education. A Comparison of National Models and Practices". She also works as a Court-Appointed Technical Consultant (CTU) in Bologna.


Damtew Teferra

Damtew Teferra is currently Director for Africa and the Middle East at the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program based at the Institute of International Education in New York. Until recently, he was Associate Research Professor of Higher Education at the Center for International Higher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Teferra is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Higher Education in Africa and the Founder and Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa . Damtew is the Senior Editor of the Conover-Porter Award winning bookAfrican Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (Indiana University Press, 2003) and an author of Scientific Communication in African Universities: National Needs and External Support(RoutledgeFalmer, 2003). Teferra holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, a M.Phil. from University of Stiriling, Scotland, and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.


Qi Wang

Qi Wang is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She received her MA in Education (International Education) and PhD in Education from University of Bath, UK. Her research interests include building world-class universities, skill formation and national development, and comparative and international education.


Qing Hui Wang

Qing Hui Wang is a Ph.D. candidate from the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His research interests focus on the role of department chairs in world-class universities and building world-class universities in China.

He has been responsible for one chapter in the strategic research project funded by the Committee on Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education of China: Growth of Scientific Elites for an Innovation-Oriented Country. He has participated in the project sponsored by the World Bank and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College - In Search of Excellence: Research Universities in the 21st Century, investigating the case of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Anthony Welch

Anthony Welch is Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A policy specialist, his more than one hundred publications include studies of reforms and policy issues within Australia, Asia, the UK, USA and elsewhere.

He holds an M.A., and Ph. D. from the University of London, has lectured in many parts of the world, and has authored or edited eight books, with several others forthcoming. His work has been translated into eight major European and Asian languages. Professor Welch has consulted to international agencies, governments in Australia, Asia, as well as within Europe, and to US institutions, and he has project experience in several parts of Asia, particularly in the area of higher education reforms. He has been Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France and Japan, and in July 2008 will deliver the prestigious Joseph Lauwerys Lecture, at the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), in Athens. He holds an Australian Research Council Grant for a project on the Chinese Knowledge Diaspora, and is Fulbright New Century Scholar, 2007-8 (Theme: Access and Equity in Higher Education). His two most recent books are The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession (Springer 2005) and Education, Change and Society (Oxford 2007).


Wanxi Xiong

Wanxi Xiong is a Ph.D student in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University. He was a visiting scholar at the CIHE at Boston College from 2009 through 2010, as part of a program sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. Wanxi's PhD dissertation focuses on the faculty governance in American research universities, and is funded by the Trans-campus Education, Social Science, and Medical Research Fund.

Wanxi conducted research under Professor Wang Yingjie on assessing the creativity of Chinese Universities, sponsored by the Minister of Education. He has translated two chapters of the OECD report, Tertiary Education, for the Knowledge Society, also with Professor Wang. With Professor Sui Yifan, he is conducting research on University Presidential Searches with support from the Ford Foundation. Wanxi interviewed dozens of American university presidents, including Derek Bok, John DiBiaggio, and Robert Brown.

His research interests include faculty governance, university presidential search, topics on which he has published several articles.


Keiko Yokoyama

Keiko Yokoyama, from Japan, Visiting Scholar at Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, during Summer 2007. She undertook a project on "The US Quality Assurance Mechanism and Overseas Branch Campuses: Autonomy and Accountability", while she was visiting at the Center. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study for Higher and Post-secondary Education, the University of Michigan. She was formally Associate Professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. Her major research interests are the internationalization of higher education, comparative higher education policies, and institutional governance, management and leadership in Japan, the UK, and the US. She has conducted a range of research projects funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, etc.

Her recent publications include Entrepreneurialism in Japanese and the UK Universities: Governance, Management, Leadership, and Funding in a journal, Higher Education (2006), and The Effect of RAE on Organisational Culture in English Universities: Collegiality versus Managerialism in a journal, Tertiary Education and Management (2006).