CIHE Executive Committee

Farmer Business School, Miami University, Ohio
Hugo García, Past Chair (2017-2021)
Texas Tech University
Meet the CIHE Executive Committee

CIHE Chair: Antigoni Papadimitriou, Farmer Business School, Miami University, Ohio
Antigoni Papadimitriou is an Assistant Professor of Leadership, at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education. Originally from Greece, she completed her dissertation at CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) in the Netherlands, MSED Higher Education Administration at Baruch College/CUNY, New York, and Bachelor in Economics and Management at Aristotle University, Greece. As several ASHE members, Antigoni began her career in administration in Greece before crossing the Atlantic to study higher education in the States. Antigoni is a multilingual, dedicated international higher education and organizational leadership scholar who has accumulated over 17 years of research, teaching, and administrative experience across the globe (USA, Greece, Norway, Netherlands, and Vietnam). Antigoni serves as an editorial faculty board for the Johns Hopkins University Press (higher education area), editorial board member for the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, and the Total Quality Management Journal.

CIHE Past Chair: Hugo García, Texas Tech University
Hugo A. García, Ph.D. (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. He obtained his B.A. in international relations from UC-San Diego, M.Ed. in higher education administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests pertain to access and equity in higher education, retention of underrepresented students at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, international higher education, diversity in higher education, and P-20 education pipeline. Specifically, his work focuses on conducting research on community colleges and their impact on underrepresented students' academic success, student transition to community colleges and four-year institutions, institutional responses to globalization and the internationalization of higher education, and educational outcomes for students of color throughout the educational pipeline.

CIHE Member-At-Large: Cassie Barnhardt, University of Iowa
Cassie L. Barnhardt is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa, and a Senior Research Fellow with the UI Public Policy Center. She holds her Ph.D. in higher education, organizational behavior and management from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in student affairs from Michigan State University, and two bachelor’s degrees, also from the University of Michigan. Dr. Barnhardt’s research focuses on how universities contribute to democracy and civic life, as well as university governance and administrative action. Barnhardt’s current work examines virtual mobility and internationalization, the outcomes of graduate education, as well as how universities respond to contentious public issues. She was a 2019 Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Kosovo where her post was with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Barnhardt’s other professional experiences include being a researcher with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, and with the Core Commitments initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Before her faculty career she was an educational administrator, which included time working at Dartmouth College. Dr. Barnhardt has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Review of Higher Education, and Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, among others; and she has been a contributor to the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Higher Education Today blog. Some of her grant-funded work has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and DIKU- the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education. She teaches graduate courses on higher education administration, policy, organizational behavior and management in postsecondary institutions, and research methods. Currently, she is a 2020-2021 Fellow with the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

CIHE Communications Coordinator: Natalie Cruz, Charleston Southern University
Natalie Cruz is a doctoral candidate in higher education at Old Dominion University, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, and the Production Editor for the Journal of International Students. Her research agenda has three major emphases: international students’ experiences in emerging contexts (UAE, Puerto Rico, P-12 international schools, etc.); expanding access to international and intercultural experiences; and the use of entrepreneurial problem-solving approaches in higher education. Her dissertation uses time series regression to conduct a longitudinal policy analysis of academic and economic factors that influenced international student enrollment in the U.S. from 2004 to 2019. Natalie has published articles, book chapters, and practical pieces related to her research. She was the 2020 recipient of the Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). Natalie’s research and work are influenced by her years as a practitioner in higher education, working at private and public institutions both in the U.S. and the UAE. She has served in leadership positions in other higher education organizations like CIES and NASPA.

Graduate Student Liaison: Rudisang Motshubi, Iowa State University
Rudisang (Rudi) Motshubi (he/him/his) is a doctoral student at Iowa State University. His research interests are aimed at exploring international and underrepresented students' experiences within higher education institutions both within the U.S. and abroad. Before he began his graduate journey, Rudisang gained higher education working experience in Asia, and those experiences have helped inform his practitioner and scholarly knowledge. As a doctoral student he has presented at ASHE about the experiences of underrepresented students in STEM, and he continues to develop his research expertise. His upcoming ASHE presentations are focused on graduate student experiences and international student perspectives. Rudisang hopes to collaborate with other graduate students, practitioners and scholars in his time within ASHE and CIHE.

CIHE Member at Large: Charles Mathies, University of Jyväsklyä
Charles Mathies is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow based at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in the University of Jyväskylä. Previously he has held positions within multiple universities in Europe and the United States primarily in institutional planning, data analytics, and student affairs. Charlie is author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focused on the role of global markets, politics, and infrastructures in the movement of knowledge, data, and people. His current research grant focuses on international student migration in Finland and Europe. Dr. Mathies sits on the editorial boards for Tertiary Education and Management (TEAM) journal and New Directions in Institutional Research and regularly reviews for multiple academic journals and professional associations. He has been an active member of ASHE since 2003 and CIHE since 2011 and is one of the two co-chairs of the Comparative & International Higher Education track for the 2019 ASHE conference.

CIHE Member at Large: Chrystal A. George Mwangi, George Mason University
Chrystal A. George Mwangi is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. One of the primary questions driving her scholarship is, “How can my research address equity, diversity, and criticality related to international higher education in order to inform and reform how internationalization efforts are conceptualized?” Thus, her research broadly centers on 1) internationalization and the impact of globalization and migration on higher education; 2) structures of opportunity, access, and educational attainment for underrepresented college students globally; and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education. Chrystal has been an active member of ASHE since 2011 and she served on the 2018 ASHE annual conference program committee as co-chair of the International Higher Education section. Her work appears in journals including Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development, and in 2018 she received NAFSA’s Innovative Research in International Education award. Chrystal is the principal investigator of a research grant funded by the Worldwide Universities Network focused on diversity and inclusion for student success in England, Ghana, India, Ireland, South Africa, and the U.S. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. George Mwangi worked for a number of years as a college administrator.
Past CIHE Chairs:
  • Hugo Garcia (2019-2020)
  • Blanca Torres-Olave (2017-2019)
  • Anna Smolentseva (2016-2017)
  • Kati Szelenyi (2015-2016)
  • Tatiaian Suspitsyna (2014-2015)
  • Brenden Cantwell (2013-2014)
  • David Hoffman (2012-2013)
  • Snejana Slantcheva-Durst (2011-2012)
  • Amy Metcalfe (2010-2011)
  • Jenny J. Lee (2009-2010)
  • Heather Eggins (2008-2009)
  • Reitu Mabokela (2007-2008)
  • Mary Ann Sagaria (2006-2007)
  • Simon Marginson (2005-2006)
  • Jussi Valimaa & Simon Marginson (2004-2005)
  • Judith Glazer-Raymo (2003-2004)
  • Dorothy Finnegan (2002-2003)
  • Gary Rhodes (2001-2002)
  • Susan Twombly (2000-2001)
  • James Forest (1999-2000)
  • Pauls Sabloff (1998-1999)
  • Ann Morey (1997-1998)
  • Ken Kempner (1995-1997)