Committee Members

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)
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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.

James Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of History at UNCG
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Ex-Officio Member
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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.

Neelofer Qadir

Neelofer Qadir

Assistant Professor in Department of English at UNCG
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Linda Rupert

Associate Professor in the Department of History at UNCG
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William Zang

IGS Assistant Director
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