University of Delaware

New faces join UD global team
Leaders expanding multicultural dimensions of UD research, scholarship and service

The Institute for Global Studies

The Institute for Global Studies is a major hub for UD's global research, partnerships and study abroad.

The University of Delaware’s Global Initiative focuses on helping students to expand their awareness and knowledge of the economic, political, cultural and social issues facing the world-and the skills to address them. This commitment to preparing students to be global citizens embraces diversity in all of its richness, on campus, across the U.S., and in countries and cultures worldwide. Global UD is humming with activity….

  • Currently, the UD community includes more than 3,500 students and visiting scholars from over 100 countries.
  • More than one out of three UD undergraduates (34.7 percent) studies abroad through about 70 programs in 30 countries.
  • UD has more than 150 partnership agreements with universities overseas-collaborations that are opening new doors to cultural understanding.

A major hub for UD’s internationalization efforts is the Institute for Global Studies (IGS). It works closely with the University’s seven colleges, as well as the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Center for Global and Area Studies, the Center for the Study of Diversity, the English Language Institute and the Confucius Institute to enhance the multicultural dimensions of UD research, scholarship and service.

Meet these new faces at the IGS and its affiliates, who are committed to making UD an ever-greater force for the world!


Nancy Guerra:

Nancy Guerra was appointed associate provost for international programs in September 2012. She oversees both the Institute for Global Studies and the Office for International Students and Scholars.

“Nancy is a world-renowned scholar with a strong record of success in and out of academe,” says Interim Provost Nancy Brickhouse. “Her vast experience and expertise will no doubt help to elevate UD’s international stature and reputation.”

An expert on youth behavior and understanding and preventing children’s aggression, Guerra joined the faculty of the UD Department of Psychology in 2011 from the University of California, Riverside. During the 2011-12 school year, she also served as associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Global Research Consortium.

Guerra’s international projects focus on positive youth development and human rights and have been supported by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID.


Ravi Ammigan:

As the new director of UD’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), Ravi Ammigan brings “extensive experience in this field and a demonstrated record of achievement,” says Nancy Brickhouse, interim provost.

Reporting to the associate provost for international programs, Ammigan administers a University-wide program to provide information and an array of services to more than 3,500 international students and scholars.

Ammigan previously was affiliated with the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University, where he worked to develop and promote immigration and acculturation resources for more than 7,000 international students and scholars. He also created and implemented communication and marketing strategies to reach and support the international community there and advised students on immigration regulations and other issues related to their visa status in the United States.

A native of Mauritius, Ammigan studied and lived in Zambia prior to settling in the United States. He is fluent in French and Creole. He earned his bachelor of arts in business at Kendall College and his master of arts in communication from Michigan State University.


Julio Carrión:

The Center for Global and Area Studies (CGAS), directed by Julio Carrión, associate professor of political science and international relations, supports the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of the University’s seven colleges, and serves as a University-wide portal for Area Studies.

The six Area Studies programs, including African, Asian, European, Islamic, Jewish, and Latin American and Iberian studies, now consolidated under the center, encompass more than 100 faculty, numerous graduate students and some 150 undergraduates majoring or minoring in one of the programs.

Through curricula, research grants and seminars on transnational issues, Carrión says the center provides “crucial skills” that “prepare our undergraduates to tackle the international topics that are constantly seen in the news, such as globalization, multiculturalism, international business, cooperation and conflict resolution, poverty and the challenges of development, democratic development, migration and environmental concerns.”

An expert on public opinion and political behavior in Latin America, Carrión formerly directed the Latin American and Iberian Studies program and the Area Studies program. He also served as acting chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.


Amy Johnson:

As deputy director of the Institute for Global Studies, Amy Nagorski Johnson, professor of nursing, wants to promote student participation in study abroad, as well as foster faculty participation in programs that provide valuable international experience.

“Bringing UD’s teaching expertise to other campuses has so many positive impacts. It benefits global citizenship,” Johnson notes.

For the past decade during UD’s month-long Winter Session in January, Johnson has involved nursing students in research on topics ranging from skin cancer to nursing care for high-risk infants in locales from Australia to France. She also developed a course to engage students in developing electronic portfolios and blogs that demonstrate their understanding of complex global issues.

In addition to her University research and teaching, Johnson is past president of the Faculty Senate and won the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. In 2006, she received the excellence in neonatal nursing clinical practice award from the National Academy of Neonatal Nursing.


James Jones:

The Center for the Study of Diversity, a scholarly think-tank based at the Institute for Global Studies, conducts research and also helps guide the University in finding the best ways to support diversity on campus.

Center director James Jones, professor of psychology, has more than three decades of research, scholarship and professional service focused on issues of racism and diversity. In 2011, the American Psychological Association presented its highest honor-the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology-for his “unparalleled career as a scientist, academic, author, administrator, thinker, innovator and social justice advocate.”

“Diversity is a complex issue in an increasingly diverse world,” says Jones. “I see our center as a place where we will accumulate knowledge and disseminate it-where our main product is information.”

Since the center’s launch in 2012, it has assembled a group of faculty scholars in disciplines from biology to international relations, and it has awarded research grants to faculty and graduate students working on such topics as minority student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the lack of African-American representation within medical education.