CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Rachel Sherman Johnson
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota
- M.A., University of Washington, 2008, international studies
- B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2003, honors history and Japanese
- Certificate, Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka, Japan), 2002, Asian studies
Areas of Interest
- Impact of intercultural/international experiences on creative development
- Student identity (particularly gender and sexual orientation) and study abroad
- Barriers to development of intercultural competence
- Study abroad in Asia/the Pacific Rim region
- Experiences of Asian international students in the U.S.
I have been interested in language, culture, and international experiences since my mother first packed me off to French immersion camp at the age of eight. Since then, I've studied two additional languages (Japanese and Korean), and have realized that my interest in linguistics is peripheral to my interest in culture and diversity: language is merely the vehicle that has allowed me increased access to a wider range of people and cultures. I've spent the past several years working in higher education, where I've been a part of both sides of the international education equation: I've prepared U.S. students for study abroad, and I've also brought international students from across Asia to Minnesota. Studying in the CIDE program has afforded me the opportunity to learn more about the theory behind best practices in my field while combining my professional experiences with my academic research interests.
Revised October 2013