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Jeffrey Belnap is Dean of LIU Global, University Dean of International Education and Director of the Europe Program. Dr. Belnap holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California-Irvine, where he wrote one of the early dissertations on post-colonial cultural theory, bringing together case studies from Latin America, Africa and South Asia. He earned a master's degree in Comparative Literature and a bachelor's in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

Kerry Mitchell is the Director of the Comparative Religion and Culture Program and Global Director of Academic Affairs. He is an experienced teacher, working with undergraduates since 1997, with particular skills in social scientific and anthropological approaches to the study of religion. Kerry received a BA from Indiana University and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, upon completion of a dissertation on the state production of spirituality in national parks. Kerry is entering his eighth year with CRC.

Rainer Braun is a political scientist in New York. He teaches at Columbia University and Long Island University, where he is the research coordinator for the graduate United Nations Program.  His research interests are political development, human rights, and corporate social accountability. Mr. Braun has worked as a consultant with various organizations in the field of corporate social responsibility. In the past, his development and human rights related work included positions with the National Human Rights Commissioner of Honduras and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Mr. Braun holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Free University of Berlin.

Former journalist Jocelyn Lieu is the author of a 9/11 memoir titled What Isn’t There: Inside a Season of Change and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 1; Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction; and The Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens. She currently teaches writing at NYU, among other tri-state colleges and universities. Jocelyn first taught and advised at Global College when it was the Friends World Program; since 2011, she has been back at the college in the capacity of Capstone Seminar instructor and faculty advisor. She lives in downtown Manhattan and in Saugerties, New York.