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Lauren Collins

Postdoctoral Fellow


Personal Summary

Lauren is a critical scholar, ethnographer, and educator focused on the social context of global education. Her scholarly agenda interrogates three strands of significant higher education and social scientific inquiry: 

1. The development and practice of global learning in higher education
2. The impact of neoliberal economic policies on the academy
3. Critical globalization studies.

As a scholar-practitioner of transformative learning experiences, I am convinced that getting people out of the bounded spaces where we form routines, into the unscripted messiness of the wider world, is the best way we grow. I have lived in Taipei as student, Macau as a Fulbright Scholar, Beijing working for UNESCO, and traveled many miles by train and bus in-between, exploring how neoliberal capitalism is reshaping contemporary planet earth – both physically and spiritually. This journey has taken me far from the cottonwood trees and pinyon-juniper country I grew up in, taught me to savor the crush of human beings on the move, exemplified by spaces like Guangzhou’s main railway station, and to cherish the sweetest bliss of nights when you can actually see the stars, watching constellations make their journey across the sky.


BA, International Affairs and Chinese Language and Cilivilization, University of Colorado Boulder

MA, China Studies, University of Washington Seattle

PhD, Higher Education, University of Denver

Courses Taught

Art of Inquiry

Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

Service Learning: Supporting Refugees in Missoula

Monitoring and Evaluation


Research Interests

The social context of global education, community engagement, experiential education.

Field of Study

Anthropology, Higher Education, International Affairs, China Studies, Southeast Asia


2019   Collins, L. Letting the Village be the Teacher: A Look at Community-based Learning in Northern Thailand. Journal of Teaching in Higher Education.

2019  Collins, L. Reconsidering Intercultural Competence Development through Study Abroad. American College Personnel Association Thought Papers.