Keshia Abraham, Ph.D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Keshia Abraham, Ph.D. is director of strategic initiatives for study abroad, responsible for implementing strategic initiatives related to faculty development and expanding access to study abroad for students from all backgrounds.  Prior to joining CIEE, Dr. Abraham was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Humanities Department, director of international education, and associate professor of English at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida.  In all of her roles she has been a champion for global learning across the curriculum and established study abroad at this Historically Black college to ensure access to study abroad for all students.

Dr. Abraham earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Binghamton University working with world-renowned scholars and artists in the fields of African Diasporic women’s literatures, cross-cultural feminisms, postcolonial studies, autobiography and popular education.  She spent the majority of her time in graduate school in Southern Africa, specifically in Zimbabwe and South Africa, followed by years of research throughout Europe and the Caribbean.   The third generation in her family to choose to attend and an HBCU, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Spelman College and continues to advocate for increased participation of MSIs in international education at all levels.  Having had the fortune of being able to study and travel abroad initially at age 12 in Sweden, then at age 16 in Italy, and again in Zimbabwe while at Spelman, Dr. Abraham has been intrigued by global learning for as long as she can remember.  It is this passion for intentional, transformational, international education for all students that has shaped her work with students of color, their faculty, administration and communities all over the world.  She has participated in numerous initiatives to increase knowledge, awareness and participation of Minority Serving Institutions in global citizenship.  In addition to having been a Fulbright fellow conducting research in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Abraham has also participated in the Fulbright-Nehru program for International Education Administrators in India. She has been a Fellow with the Mellon Foundation Community Initiative, Mellon Global Citizenship Program and active with the Salzburg Global Seminar amongst other notable accomplishments.

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