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Faculty and Staff

The MEPI Program at Portland State University is administered and taught by faculty and staff deeply committed to international student engagment. We welcome questions and comments regarding this program.

Kevin Kecskes
MEPI Program Director & Public Administration Faculty

Kevin Kecskes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He teaches graduate courses in the Masters of Public Administration program on the global roles of NGO's and strategic planning, as well as undergraduate courses focused on community engagement. Dr. Kecskes serves as the faculty advisor for PSU's undergraduate minor in civic leadership. For over a decade, Dr. Kecskes provided university-wide leadership in various positions at PSU, including Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Director for Community-University Partnerships at PSU's Center for Academic Excellence. Dr. Kecskes is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education and has advised numerous colleges and university campuses in the United States and globally. His current international work focuses primarily on the Middle East and Latin America. Dr. Kecskes has learned first-hand for over three decades about the power of international exchange and open dialogue as a means to increase respect, understanding, and collaboration within and among diverse cultures. Dr. Kecskes holds degrees from Boston College, Harvard University, and Portland State University.

Barbara Tint
Conflict Resolution Faculty

Dr. Barbara Tint is a Professor of Conflict Resolution who specializes in intergroup dialogue and peacebuilding. She has worked extensively in the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa and Australia. Her work in peace and conflict resolution stems from her background in Political Psychology, where she has focused largely on the psychological dynamics involved in the causes, prevention and intervention of international conflict.  She conducts research, writes about and trains others in Dialogue and has just written a book on the use of Dialogue in Diaspora communities. This is Barbara's second year with the MEPI program and she is excited about it because of her love for the region and her belief in youth leaders being our best hope to make the world a more peaceful and collaborative place.

Chris Carey
University Studies Faculty

Christopher Carey, (PhD, The Arizona State University, 2008; JD, Southern Illinois University, 1995), is a former Deputy District Attorney and currently an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Coordinator of the First Year Experience Program at Portland State University. His doctorate is from Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication where his focus was intercultural communication. His expertise extends to the application of international law with an emphasis on human trafficking and working with groups to improve collaboration within the field of human rights. He served as the Executive Director of a US based 501(c)3 international human rights organization that addresses human trafficking, safe migration, and gender-based violence through culturally grounded, rights-based solutions. During his tenure as executive director he helped open offices in Kathmandu, Nepal, Kolkata, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Mexico City, Mexico. He is the author of several articles on the subject of human trafficking both in the United States and Mexico. Dr. Carey has been identified as an expert in human trafficking and intercultural communication by the California Judicial System, where he has testified as an expert witness. He has also published and presented extensively on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. When not learning about the world from his two children Eli and Lilah, he can be found fly fishing the rivers and climbing the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Kendra Manton
Mercy Corps Action Center

Kendra Manton contributes to the Education Team at the Portland Action Center as the Education and Operations Officer. She is reponsbile for writing and facilitating curriculum for student and adult workshops in the center, building partnerships with schools for the upcoming academic year, and monitoring and evaluating successful programming. Kendra also works with the Operations Director to manage the volunteer contingency for all programming of the center and the general day to day pubic relations of the space. Before working with Mercy Corps, Kendra spent five years teaching experiential education both nationally and internationally. Kendra graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Sociology and Enviornmental Studies in 2004.

Erik Mandell
MEPI Program Coordinator

Erik Mandell is a second-year Masters of Public Administration student at Portland State University with a concentration in Global Leadership and Management. He holds a bachelors degree from Middlebury College in Vermont in Geography, History and Political Science. Erik has pursued international academic and professional experience in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Vietnam, as well as extensive personal travel to all 50 states and 50-plus countries on six continents. During the fall of 2012, he served as the Hatfield School and Public Administration department intern in Hanoi and Hoi An, Vietnam, where he worked with United Nations agencies and provincial and local governments, in partnership with PSU, on a variety of sustainable development and leadership development partnerships. Additionally, Erik has held internships for the international NGO Mercy Corps in both its Portland Headquarters office and in Uganda.

Christine Hanosly
Program Coordinator, Center for Public Service

An east-coast native, Christine received her BA in Russian/East European Studies and Music Composition, as well as her MA in Russian, from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has spent a total of two academic years in Russia (Smolensk and Moscow) studying Russian language and literature; she also spent a year in Copenhagen, Denmark, as an AFS exchange student. She speaks Russian well, but her Danish has suffered somewhat from lack of practice. She moved to Portland in August of 2001. For four years she worked at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, where she managed a US State Department-sponsored professional development program for groups of visitors from the former Soviet Union, prior to beginning work at PSU.
Christine enjoys hiking, camping, and fantasy novels; her long-term goals include writing a book. She has participated in the National Novel Writing Month twice and currently posts short fiction to a blog. She lives in a 1912 bungalow with her domestic partner and their two young sons.