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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

Marcia Grant

International Higher Education Expert

A veteran higher education administrator, Grant is noted for her ability to create organizational change to serve faculty, staff, students, and institutional mission. She has served in institutions in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. She is currently finishing a term as provost of Ashesi University College, in Berekuso, Easter Region, Ghana. Before going to Ghana, Grant spend over six year in Pakistan as director at Aga Khan University in Karachi and vice rector at Forman Christian College. In 1999, under the direction of  Princess Lolowah-al-Faisal, she was asked to design and start a college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Today Effat College has 36 teachers and 200 students. A liberal arts education and early experiences in Latin America have had a profound impact on Ms. Grant’s values and career direction. She began her academic career teaching African and international politics at Oberlin College, and later, as a single parent, entered the Foreign Service of USIA. She served as Director of the Fulbright Program in Mexico and as a cultural attaché in Paris. For four years she led the Edward S. Mason program for Third World government officials at Harvard’s Kennedy School and then worked with the Institute of International Education in New York. In 2007 she received an honorary doctorate of law from Swarthmore University in recognition of her work in higher education.

Women and Islam; creating liberal arts programs for women outside America and expanding their opportunities; the importance and possibilities of international academic exchanges; American foreign policy towards Latin America; why the U.S. and Europe differ in international politics; international careers.

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