Tina received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having conducted extensive Fulbright and NSF-supported field research on contemporary transnational Islamic trade networks in East Africa and the Arabian peninsula. She held an assistant professorship at Texas A&M University and later taught at Champlain College, after which she returned to an earlier passion – international education – as Academic Dean for Africa with the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT. She most recently led a campus-wide focus on community-based learning as Director of Experiential Education at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Prior to her academic appointments, Tina served as principal investigator and field school instructor for archaeological projects throughout Micronesia, Polynesia, Yemen, Tanzania, and Sweden. These experiences allowed her to work in partnership with communities to document and safeguard historic sites and to train local archaeologists in the work of historic preservation. She has served as on-site resident director for semester study abroad programs in Tanzania, Senegal, and Kenya. Tina is deeply committed to social justice and study abroad, and narratives of cultural reciprocity in international education, and has widely presented on both topics. Her in-depth work with international program design and her on-the-ground experiences make her a strong leader in the field of study abroad.