CIHE Executive Committee

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

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

Hannah Minghui Hou, Communications Coordinator (2022-2024)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Brandon R. G. Smith, Graduate Student Liaison (2022-2024)
Michigan State University​

HyeJin Tina Yeo, Member-At-Large (2022-2024)
University of California Los Angeles

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: Hannah Minghui Hou, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Hannah Minghui Hou is an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research focuses on international and comparative higher education, student mobility, racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and student development. Specifically, her work focuses on international students’ multifaceted identities and agency in the transnational context. She has been published in International Studies in Sociology of Education, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and International Journal of Doctoral Studies. She is currently serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education.  

Graduate Student Liaison: Brandon R. G. Smith, Michigan State University
Brandon [he/him/his] is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. Prior to beginning Ph.D. studies in fall 2019, Brandon worked in progressive leadership roles in student affairs at different universities in Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Brandon's dissertation explores how mid-level administrators working in Canadian and United States higher education settings activate thriving, buoyant, and/or resilience mindsets in response to everyday challenges in the workplace. Brandon's other research focuses on student development, student success, and issues facing leadership and administrators working in higher education. Brandon's latest publication reconceptualizes Astin's involvement theory (1983) in view of the how Asian international students engage in the learning experience in and out of the classroom on Canadian campuses (see Pang & Smith, 2023). Outside of ASHE, Brandon is actively involved with ACPA, CACUSS, NASPA, and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP), and the Research in Brief board for the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD). 

CIHE Member-At-Large: HyeJin Tina Yeo, University of California Los Angeles
Dr. HyeJin Tina Yeo is an actively engaging collaborator, an equity-minded educator, and an interdisciplinary mixed methods researcher. Currently, she is leading an NSF-funded project contributing to accelerating equity in computing and technology at UCLA as a postdoctoral scholar. She has critically examined issues around college impact and student development, specifically focusing on racial/ethnic socialization, social identity development, and campus racial climates at community colleges and predominantly white institutions. As a scholar-activist, she will continue to pursue efforts in researching, teaching, and mentoring to erode prejudice, create a local culture of inclusion and diversity, and foster a global change of higher education towards a more equitable, inclusive, and just system of learning and societal change.

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)