Academic Leadership Teams
|John Lucas, PhD, Senior Vice President for Academic Programs, and Chief Academic Officer|
|M. Priscilla Stone, PhD, Vice Provost|
|Africa, South of the Sahara|
|Tina Mangieri, PhD, Academic Dean|
|Asia and the Pacific|
|Brian D. Hammer, PhD, Academic Dean|
|Christina Monson, Associate Academic Dean|
|Karen Rodriguez, PhD, Academic Dean|
|Fernando García Argañarás, PhD, Associate Academic Dean|
|Alyson B.K. Dagang, PhD, Associate Academic Dean|
|Middle East, North Africa, and Europe|
|Said Graiouid, PhD, Academic Dean|
|Custom and Comparative Programs|
|Lauren E. Clarke, EdD, Dean|
John Lucas, PhD
Senior Vice President for Academic Programs
Chief Academic Officer
John Lucas brings nearly two decades of international education experience to his position as senior vice president for academic programs at World Learning. An alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute, Lucas serves as the chief academic officer for World Learning's graduate programs, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living, overseeing programs in more than 50 countries.
Prior to joining World Learning, Lucas served as deputy director and associate vice president of academic programs for IES Abroad, where he developed new international study programs utilizing academic models that made field work a fundamental part of the curriculum. These included programs on environmental and social change in Costa Rica and metropolitan studies, which integrates field work in Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg. He also created an educational technology department, which implemented an online learning platform in 35 centers across 18 countries. Lucas served as the primary author of the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, which harmonizes standards for language teaching and intercultural communication across the 10 languages the organization teaches throughout the world. Lucas also spent 12 years working abroad, directing international programs in Spain for IES, CIEE, and the Institute for Social and International Studies at Portland State University. During his time there he also taught Spanish, Catalan, Spanish translation, and linguistics.
Lucas is an active member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Association of American University Programs in Spain, Association for International Education, North American Catalan Society, and The Forum on Education Abroad. He continues to publish and lecture on his academic fields of specialization, which include second language acquisition, cross-cultural counseling, and intercultural communication.
Lucas holds a master's and doctorate degrees in Spanish linguistics from Penn State University and a master's degree in international and intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute.
M. Priscilla Stone, PhD, Vice Provost
Dr. Stone joined SIT Study Abroad in March 2013. She previously served as director of international studies, as executive director of international programs, and, most recently, as assistant provost for international education, at Washington University. Dr. Stone brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in international studies and anthropology. She has authored two books — Commodities and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives and Population and Environment: Rethinking the Debate, as well as numerous articles in anthropology and African studies. She has been the recipient of many grants and research awards from prestigious organizations such as The United States Institute of Peace, The National Science Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The MacArthur Foundation.
Dr. Stone earned her PhD and MA in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Women, Work and Family: A Restudy of the Kofyar of Nigeria.
Africa, South of the Sahara
Tina Mangieri, PhD, Academic Dean
Tina Mangieri earned a PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. She holds an MA in anthropology and certificate in social theory from the University of Kentucky and BA in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Mangieri first worked with SIT Study Abroad in 2000, serving as co-academic director for three SIT Study Abroad programs - Kenya: Islam and Swahili Cultural Identity, Senegal: National Identity and the Arts, and Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology. She was a Fulbright scholar in Kenya in 2006, a PEO scholar in Dubai and Oman, and a two-time recipient of National Science Foundation research grants to support graduate fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania. As an undergraduate, she studied archaeology at the University of Dar es Salaam and subsequently supervised multinational archaeological projects in Polynesia, Micronesia, Sweden, Tanzania, and Yemen. Dr. Mangieri’s research specializations include transnationalism, identity, and the work of Islam in cultural economies of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Her recent publications include book chapters on international apparel networks in Africa and Asia and the sartorial performance of Swahili men’s identities.
Prior to returning to SIT in 2010, Dr. Mangieri held an assistant professorship at Champlain College. From 2007–2009, she served as assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University.
Asia and the Pacific
Brian D. Hammer, PhD, Academic Dean
Brian Hammer joined SIT Study Abroad as academic dean for Asia and the Pacific in the fall of 2012. To this position, Brian brings several years of experience as an academic administrator and study abroad director, as well as study, research, and travel experience in Asia, especially in China. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Immediately prior to his position with SIT Study Abroad, Dr. Hammer served as associate director of programs in the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University, where he served as the center’s primary administrator and budget officer. He also organized and led relationship-building trips to China for Rice University faculty and deans and collaborated with numerous offices and research centers on campus to promote and develop international initiatives. He served as research administrator and internship program advisor for the newly created Houston Asian American Archive oral history and artifact collection project, which involved extensive community relationship building and program development. He played a role in Asian studies curriculum development and worked with undergraduate students as a major advisor and with graduate students as an advisor on the Transnational Asia Graduate Student Conference. He also organized a two-year interdisciplinary panel series, titled The Sustainable City, involving scholars and practitioners from the humanities, social sciences, urban planning, and medical fields.
Informing his academic and administrative work is a commitment to interdisciplinarity. This means building relationships and networks out of which long-term collaboration, substantive dialogue, and the possibility of creative problem solving can grow.
Dr. Hammer’s graduate studies in human geography at the University of Washington in Seattle focused on three broad themes: the politics of development; urban space; and socioeconomic inequality. This work culminated in a dissertation project focused on community building as a policy initiative integral to economic and cultural restructuring in urban China. Geographically focused on Shanghai, with subsidiary research in Wuhan, his dissertation discussed the work that culture does in delimiting urban space in a particular historical moment, always understanding urban space as linked to and in part defined by the nonurban. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and international development from Washington University in Saint Louis and a certificate in Chinese studies from The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, China.
Christina Monson, Associate Academic Dean
Christina Monson received her B.A. in religious studies from Brown University before completing a master’s degree in South Asian studies with a focus on Tibetan and Himalayan religious traditions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her research focuses on lineage and transmission within the system of Tibetan Treasure revelation. In 2000, Christina joined World Learning as the academic director of SIT Study Abroad’s Nepal Culture and Development program. Christina has also worked in Jaipur and Dharamsala, India, as the academic director of two other SIT Study Abroad programs based in South Asia. Fluent in Tibetan and Nepali, Christina was a member of the bi-national Nepal Fulbright Commission Board for three years and currently serves as a board member of the nonprofit Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, which focuses on sustainable development opportunities in the education sector in Nepal. A translator and interpreter of Tibetan language, she is a member of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group and is publishing a translation of the biography of a prominent early twentieth-century Tibetan female teacher as part of her research.
Karen Rodriguez, PhD, Academic Dean
Karen Rodríguez joined SIT in January of 2013. She has a PhD in cultural studies (University of Kent, UK). From a psychoanalytical perspective, her research asks how the self encounters others and makes ongoing sense of difference. She is committedly interdisciplinary and draws not only from psychoanalytic theory, but also heavily from geography, the arts, and other areas. Her work examines the strategies people and cities employ — consciously or unconsciously — to confront their multiple others, whether these others are spatial, sensorial, social, or linguistic. She is particularly interested in how these relationships shift under conditions of constant change. Therefore, within the field of global education, she has written about student encounters with other languages, with new technologies, and with aspects of otherness as they intersect with place. Her key area of focus is Mexico, and her publications include an academic book entitled Small City on a Big Couch: A Psychoanalysis of a Provincial Mexican City (Rodopi, 2012); a poetry book entitled Dentro y Fuera: an erotics of place (Azafrán y Cinabrio, 2009); and numerous articles.
Before joining SIT, she served for 10 years as the director of the CIEE Study Center in Guanajuato, Mexico. She has taught at the Universidad de Guanajuato in both the Visual Arts Department and in the interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in the Arts, where she continues to advise theses at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. She was also a faculty member for Bard College’s L&T program one summer and has given seminars on psychoanalysis at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and speaks at many conferences around the world. Prior to her work in Mexico, she was the director of Pitzer College’s program in Venezuela for five years.
Fernando García Argañarás, PhD, Associate Academic Dean
Dr. García is a political scientist who received his BA from Simon Fraser University of British Columbia and his MA and PhD degrees from York University, Canada. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Canada at York University and Ryerson Polytechnic University of Toronto and in Bolivia at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, and the Escuela de Comando y Estado Mayor (ECEM). He is the founder and former chair of the Political Science Department at Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba) and one of the founders of the Bolivian Foundation for Multiparty Democracy (FBDM) and the Bolivian Foundation for Democratic Reform (FBRD). He has served as executive director of both foundations. Presently, he is associate fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) of York University.
Dr. García's main areas of research include international relations, comparative politics of Latin America, political economy, epistemology, and the Bolivian state. Dr. García is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles; he has published extensively in Canada, the United States, Holland, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. He served as lecturer and ISP advisor for SIT’s Bolivia: Culture and Development program in Cochabamba between 1996 and 2003. Between January 2005 and March 2009, he served as academic director of SIT’s Chile: Economic Development and Globalization program based in Santiago. He served as interim academic dean for Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe at SIT Study Abroad from September 2012 until December 2012.
During his years at SIT Study Abroad, Dr. García has acquired ample hands-on experience in all aspects of program delivery and support, including budget management, hiring and training of new academic directors and staff, strategic planning, curricular oversight and development of new programs, program and AD evaluations, crisis management, and student safety and security.
Alyson B.K. Dagang, PhD, Associate Academic Dean
Dr. Alyson Dagang first came to Panama with the Peace Corps after receiving her bachelor’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dagang served as academic director of the SIT Study Abroad Panama program from 2002 to 2005 while also pursuing research and working with local small-scale farmers on the potential for agroforestry systems to augment forest cover and diversify production in cattle pastures. After completing her research, Dr. Dagang received her PhD in 2007 from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. At that time, she resumed her role as the Panama program’s academic director until the summer of 2009 when she assumed her current position as associate academic dean.
Dr. Dagang's research portfolio includes various development and environmental projects related to community forest management, gender and development, soil conservation, and the environmental effects of road construction. She is also an active proponent of organic agriculture and accessible organic certification.
Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
Said Graiouid, PhD, Academic Dean
Said Graiouid has an M.A. (1989) in comparative literature and critical theory from the University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco and a PhD (2000) in communication and cultural studies from the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, UK. From 1992 to 1996, he had a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Since 1986, Dr. Graiouid has served as an assistant professor and then a professor of communication and cultural studies at University Mohammed V-Agdal, in Rabat, Morocco, where he has designed, coordinated and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural studies and communication, migration and post-colonial theory and culture and media studies. He was also a founding faculty of the Communication Studies Program at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, and The Institute for Language and Communication Studies in Rabat, Morocco. He is currently the head of the Research Group on Migration and Culture, housed at University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, the general editor of Langues et Littératures, University Mohammed V-Agdal's journal in the humanities and social sciences, a co-founder of the master program in cross-cultural studies, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, a member of the Research Unit on Culture and Development, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, and a research fellow with the Africa Network Group, Stirling University, UK. Dr. Graiouid has lectured in a number of institutions in Morocco, the U.S. and Europe and taken part in international conferences on youth culture, migration and cross-cultural dialogue. He had been working with the Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program for many years as lecturer, ISP advisor and co-academic director before developing the Migration Studies program.
Dr. Graiouid's areas of academic interest include cultural studies and communication, African studies and transnational networks, globalization and cultural development, youth culture and identities, and the dynamics of cultural translation across borders. Dr. Graiouid is widely published on Moroccan and North African culture and politics. His articles are published in referee journals and as chapters in edited books. He is currently working on a book on Migrancy and Cultural Politics in Morocco.
Custom and Comparative Programs
Lauren E. Clarke, EdD, Dean
Lauren Clarke joined World Learning in 2011 as dean for custom and comparative programs, a new department that oversees the International Honors Program, as well as study abroad programs designed specifically for partner institutions. Dr. Clarke comes to SIT with more than 25 years in higher education administration, teaching, and international program experience.
Most recently, in her position as executive director for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College, she launched new concentrations in globalization studies, cultural studies, and creative writing, as well as graduate research opportunities in England, Tanzania, and Cuba. Dr. Clarke also served as a lecturer and consultant to the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures at Dartmouth College. Previously, as senior program officer for higher education with the American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C., Dr. Clarke directed university fellowships to and from the former Soviet republics under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Education and Cultural Affairs division, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and several ministries of education of the republics of the Former Soviet Union. Prior positions include director of university relations for the American University in Bulgaria, director of admissions and student affairs at the Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and director of the Summer Institute for International Business Students at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Clarke has taught courses in critical pedagogy, applied ethics, international development, and cultural studies; her research interests include comparative education policy in transitional states and the political economy of higher education. Lauren has a BA from Pomona College in Spanish language and Chicano studies, a MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania in educational linguistics, and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in international education policy.
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