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Laura E. Rumbley

Associate Director of CIHE

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Laura E. Rumbley has served as Associate Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education since 2012, and as Assistant Professor of the Practice within the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education since 2016. She was previously Deputy Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a Brussels-based think tank focused on issues of internationalization and innovation in European higher education. Laura began her career in international education as an an administrator international student advisor at Boston University, later going on to complete her doctoral studies in higher education administration at Boston College, with a dissertation focused on internationalization in the universities of Spain.

Laura has (co)authored and (co)edited a number of publications, including the foundational document for the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution; a series of International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders (co-published by CIHE and the American Council on Education); and several books born out of a collaboration between CIHE and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, which provide comparative perspectives on a range of subjects affecting the academic profession (such as inbreeding and the experiences of young faculty and internationally mobile faculty) and global phenomena affecting universities (such as the global university rankings).

A former US Foreign Service Officer, Laura currently serves Co-Editor for the Journal of Studies in International Education. She is Chair of the Publications Committee for the European Association for International Education, where she also serves as editor of the the EAIE's member magazine, Forum.