CIHE Executive Committee

Antigoni Papadimitirou, Chair (2019-2023)
College of Business Lehigh University

Hugo García, Past Chair (2017-2021)
Texas Tech University

Christina W. Yao, Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair (2022-2024)
University of South Carolina

Natalie Cruz, Communications Coordinator (2020-2022)
Emory University

Rudisang Motshubi, Graduate Student Liaison (2020-2022)
Iowa State University

Cassie Barnhardt, Member-At-Large (2020-2022)
University of Iowa

Rosalind Latiner Raby, Member-At-Large (2022-2024)
California State University

Katie Koo, Member-At-Large (2022-2024)
California State University

Meet the CIHE Executive Committee

CIHE Chair: Antigoni Papadimitriou, Farmer Business School, Miami University, Ohio
Antigoni Papadimitriou is a visiting assistant professor of Management at the Farmer School of Business, Miami University, Ohio. While at Johns Hopkins University, her grants focused on university-engaged research, stakeholder engagement, and social change. Her preferred theoretical frameworks are rooted in organizational theory and have used sensemaking, agenda-setting, and social learning theories, wherein she utilizes mostly mixed-methods re­search designs. She has published about uni­ver­si­ty third mission, organizational lea­der­ship, organizational routines, organizational communication in higher education, quality management, international higher education, and mixed methods re­search. She also serves as track chair for the Organizational Behavior track Eastern Academy of Management (EAOM) and Business Policy and Strategy for the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference.

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 Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair: Christina W. Yao, University of South Carolina
Christina W. Yao, Ph.D. [she/her/hers], is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Program Coordinator of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of South Carolina. She is a qualitative researcher who primarily studies undergraduate and graduate student engagement and learning in higher education. She operationalizes her research focus through three connected topical areas: international student mobility, scholar-practitioner preparation, and transnational education. Dr. Yao is involved in several professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She also serves on the editorial board for several journals, including the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and Journal of International Students.

CIHE Communications Coordinator: Natalie Cruz, Charleston Southern University
Natalie Irby Cruz, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Global Strategies and Initiatives at Emory University. In this role, she leads the implementation of initiatives to advance Emory’s global strategies. Previously, she was an assistant professor of Education at Charleston Southern University. Her quantitative and qualitative research focuses on international student mobility worldwide, international students’ experiences in underresearched contexts, and increasing access to intercultural learning experiences. She has worked in scholar and practitioner roles in multiple national and institutional contexts and has researched and partnered in dozens of countries worldwide. Dr. Cruz holds leadership positions in ASHE CIHE, NAFSA, and the STAR Scholars Network. She is also the Cross-Border Narratives Section Editor for the Journal of International Students, and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College Student Development.

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: 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 Member at Large: Rosalind Latiner Raby, California State University 
Rosalind Latiner Raby, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department of the College of Education and is an affiliate faculty for the ELPS Ed.D. Community College program. She also serves as the Director of California Colleges for International Education, a non-profit consortium whose membership includes ninety-one California community colleges. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Further and Higher Education, and is a co-book editor for Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Rosalind has been a member of ASHE since 2010. Dr. Raby has been publishing in the field of community college internationalization since 1985. Her latest books are Study abroad opportunities for community college students and strategies for global learning (IGI-Global, 2019, co-editor); Handbook on Comparative Issues of Community Colleges and Global Counterparts (Springer, 2018, co-editor) and International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices, and Case Studies (Palgrave, 2016, co-editor).

CIHE Member at Large: Katie Koo, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Katie Koo’s research focuses on underrepresented students’ collegiate experiences, mental health issues, and adjustment, including international students’ psychological well-being. Her research on race and racism, Asian American college students’ experiences, international students’ psychological well-being and adjustment, and mental health assessment for minoritized students have been published in Journal of College Student Development, Review of Higher Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of International Students, International Journal of Psychology, and Asian American Journal of Psychology. She is currently serving on the ACPA College Student Development International Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development as Faculty-in-Residence and co-chairing ASHE 2021 Annual Convention International Higher Education Session. Prior to being a faculty member, Dr. Koo also worked as a student affair professional by serving diverse college students at the university counseling center, residence life, international student office, and learning assistance services.

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)