I was born in Bulgaria. I graduated from the University of Sofia with degrees in English and Russian. Before I came to the United States, I taught English as a foreign language and English and American literature to high school and university students in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. I came to Penn State as a doctoral student in educational theory and policy, and later I also enrolled in the comparative and international education program at Penn State. I have co-taught several undergraduate courses in the College of Education here. I was also a program director of two study-abroad programs in England (Oxford and London) and Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg). I have always loved working with students, so after I earned my doctoral degree, it was not hard to make my professional choice and come to DUS!
I like reading about different aspects of higher education in this country and others. I am especially interested in the characteristics of a student-focused university and in policies that help students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve academic success (academic advising being one of them, of course).
I also like literature. I love the nineteenth-century Russian and French classics and also many contemporary writers. When I get tired of serious novels, a good mystery is always my favorite remedy!
- M.A. in Russian, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
- M.A. in English, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
- Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy, Comparative and International Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser
Research & Teaching Interests
Global citizenship education, intercultural communication, comparative higher education, sociology of education, qualitative research methods.
Be sure to check out the global citizenship initiative, Think Global!
Office: 113 Grange Building