Prior to joining the NIFS office in 2013, Dr. Kristin Janka served as associate director for MSU’s International Studies and Programs, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).
Prior to that, she served as outreach and academic coordinator for CLACS, adjunct assistant professor at Siena Heights University, instructor for the College of Education and College of Social Science at MSU, co-director of the Partnership to Prepare Global & International Educators, co-director of Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education (LATTICE), and was an elementary teacher.
She is co-primary investigator for the Graduate Learning, Experiences, and Outcomes (GLEO) project which involves 14 CIC universities and NYU. Janka serves as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her research focuses on understanding opportunities to learn and outcomes of international professional development including Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.
Janka obtained a doctorate in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy with an emphasis in international education and professional development from MSU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and anthropology; specializations in international development, and Latin American Studies.