Sora Friedman

Professor and Chair

Courses Taught This Semester

Advanced Concepts in International Education - Part I


PhD, George Mason University
Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
MIA, School for International Training
BA, University of Maryland

Sora Friedman
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Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in international education (IE) for 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. After working in the field for 20 years, she joined SIT Graduate Institute as an adjunct faculty member in 2002 and became full-time faculty in 2005. She is responsible for teaching, advising, and serving as chair of SIT’s IE master’s degree program. In addition to her work at SIT, Dr. Friedman serves as chair to NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Knowledge Community and is often sought out as a peer reviewer and consultant for various journals and professional training programs. Recent research projects include co-authoring the book Careers in International Education (2019) and a chapter exploring gender parity at the senior leadership level in international education. In 2015, Dr. Friedman received the NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service. Previously, she served on NAFSA’s New England region (Region XI) chair-stream (2013–2015), as a member of CISabroad’s Board of Advisers (2008–2015), and as chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (2011–2012) and Training Coordination Subcommittee (2008–2010). Before joining SIT, Dr. Friedman taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England and is fluent in Spanish. She holds a doctorate in cultural studies (with foci on immigration policy, community development, and advocacy) as well as a master’s in international administration, a certificate in distance education, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.

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