CIHE would not exist without our extensive network of friends and colleagues.

Many of our closest collaborators have started their time with us as visiting scholars. It is a vital part of our work, and something about which we are very proud!
Rebecca Schendel, Associate Director

Research Fellows

Dr. Elena Denisova-Schmidt

CIHE-related expertise: Higher Education Corruption Monitor

Dr. Kara A. Godwin

CIHE-related expertise: Liberal Education


Professor Ellen Hazelkorn

CIHE-related expertise: higher education policy and institutional and system governance

Professor Betty Leask

CIHE-related expertise: Internationalizaton of curriculum, teaching, and learning

Dr. Iván Pacheco

CIHE-related expertise: Quality, Latin America

Dr. Liz Reisberg

CIHE-related expertise: Professional training, Latin America, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Laura E. Rumbley 

CIHE-related expertise: Internationalization of higher education

Dr. Jamil Salmi

CIHE-related expertise: System-wide policy development and governance

Professor Damtew Teferra

Professor Damtew Teferra

CIHE-related expertise: International Network for Higher Education in Africa

Dr. Qi Wang

CIHE-related expertise: Chinese Higher Education

Visiting Scholars


Fernanda Leal is a PhD candidate in Administration at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC, Brazil) and works as Executive Assistant at the International Office of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil). She also held the position of administrative coordinator until 2016 when she started her doctoral studies. She holds a master’s degree in Administration with a thesis on competencies for executive assistants at Brazilian public universities. Fernanda’s research interests are internationalization of higher education, university management and public administration.

Dan Mao

Dan Mao is an assistant professor at School of Education, Shanghai Normal University. She holds a PhD in educational economics and administration from Peking University. She has scholarly interests in the governance, policy, and organization of higher education, with particular interests in academic profession and university funding. Her work has been published in Chinese Education and Society, Peking University Education Review, Research in Educational Development, etc.


Mary MacKenty is a PhD candidate in Education at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain. She has a master's degree in Arts: Euroculture and in International Education. She has interned in the International Office of Sciences of the UAM and was the head of the International Office of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. Her research areas of interest are study abroad, internationalization at home and intercultural communication.