Elena Galinova

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I was born and grew up in Bulgaria. 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 when I received my doctoral degree it was not hard to make my professional choice and come to DUS!

My main academic interest is global citizenship education. I am truly honored to be a part of a great university that offers so many resources and opportunities for students to learn what it means to be a member of a globally integrated society and to contribute in many different ways to making our world a better place for all people. A lot of my work is dedicated to working with students on crafting unique educational plans helping them develop as competent and productive global citizens.

In addition to that, I like reading about different aspects of higher education in this country and others. I am especially interested in the characteristics of a student-oriented 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!

If you have a little more time, please check out our global citizenship resource guide Think Global.


  • 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

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser

Research & Teaching Interests

Global citizenship education, intercultural communication, comparative higher education, sociology of education, qualitative research methods.

Contact Information

E-mail: galinova@psu.edu
Office: 113 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913