IGS Advisory Committee
Kathleen Macfie, Ph.D.
Director of International and Global Studies, Associate Professor of Russian Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Global Languages and Communities (LLC)
Dr. Macfie’s specialty is Modern Russian Literature, and her work in African-American literary ties to Russian intellectual thought was instrumental in UNCG receiving UCEA/Peterson’s Innovative Distance Education Program Award in 2000.
Assistant Director of International and Global Studies
She graduated with her MLIS from UNCG in May 2007, at which time assumed the position of Data Services and Government Information Librarian at UNCG Libraries. She has been active at UNCG in connecting students and faculty, especially those in the social sciences, with the information they need to ensure their academic success and research endeavors. She has also taught an undergraduate class for the Political Science Department as well as Ashby Residence Hall. In addition to her scholarly and creative contributions, Kellam is active in state and national professional associations, taking on leadership roles in the Association of College and Research Libraries and in the North Carolina Library Association.
James Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of History at UNCG
Dr. Anderson’s specialty is Imperial China, Modern China, Sino-Vietnamese Relations, East Asia, Southeast Asia.
Ali Askerov, Ph.D
Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG
Dr. Askerov has been teaching in the areas of peace studies, international relations, political history, public international law, and political ideas. His publications include numerous articles as well as a book: Chechens from Past to Future. His research fields include ethnic conflict, peace education, theories of conflict resolution, qualitative research methods, and the history of political ideas.
Ye (Jane) He, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at UNCG
Her research interests include teacher beliefs and development, ESL professional development, and teacher cultural competency development.
Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at UNCG
Dr. Kinefuchi’s scholarly interests include critical inter/cultural communication, ecology and culture, ecofeminism, critical discourse analysis, social movement, cultural identities, multiculturalism and pedagogy, transnationalism and diaspora, and building intercultural alliances.
Penelope J. Pynes, Ph.D.
As the Associate Provost for International Programs, Penelope leads the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Peter Villella, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UNCG
Dr. Villella’s academic interests focus on colonial Spanish and Portuguese America, indigenous cultures of the Americas, and intellectual and legal history of colonial Mexico. He has published articles in a number of academic journals, as well as the book Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800 to be published by Cambridge University Press in February, 2016.
Kittichai “Tu” Watchravesringkan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies at UNCG
His research interests are in the areas of cross-cultural (inter- and intra-country) studies, Internet consumption, marketing communication, service quality and satisfaction, and adolescents. His work has been published in many journals, including Clothing & Textiles Research Journal; Journal of Targeting, Measurement, and Analysis for Marketing; International Journal of Consumer Studies; and International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management. He has a chapter published in an edited collection titled, Diversity in Advertising, and many of his presentations have been published in conference proceedings.