Office of International Studies & Programs Staff

Office of International Studies & Programs Staff



Kenneth Yanes
Dep. Director, Office of International Studies & Programs
Kenneth oversees all operations of study-abroad programs at John Jay College. He works closely with faculty and partner institutions to establish new and recurring academic programs abroad and to map global experiences into each department's curriculum. He joined John Jay College from Princeton University where he served as Assistant Director of Study Abroad. Prior to Princeton, he served as Associate Director of International Programs and Adjunct Lecturer of International Studies at The City College of New York, CUNY. Kenneth has served also as Visiting Faculty at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, where he taught and advised MA candidates during their capstone projects. With more than a decade of professional and academic experience in the field of international education, Kenneth specializes in international development education, internationalization of curriculum, experiential learning and teaching, and language acquisition abroad.
His current research interests include the linguistic self-esteem of heritage-language learners abroad, bilingualism in contemporary Maya literary production in Guatemala, and the maintenance of indigenous languages in Latin America. Most recently, he published a chapter on Spanish-language Moroccan literature in Orientalisms of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World (Escribana Books, 2013). Kenneth is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and some Portuguese and is learning Swedish and German. 
PhD candidate in Comparative & International Development Education, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
MA in Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
MA in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute
BA in French Literature & Medieval Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick


Maggie Ovian
Advisor & Graduate Assistant, Study-Abroad Programs

Maggie is currently pursuing a Master in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute, which she plans to complete next spring. Maggie became interested in education abroad through her own undergraduate experience in Seville, Spain, where she spent a year studying Spanish language and culture. Following graduation from James Madison University, Maggie lived in Madrid for two years where she taught English and completed a post-bachelor's degree in Spanish-English translation. Her third study abroad experience was in Morocco, where she participated in a short-term program with SIT and CCCL (pictured here!). Apart from traveling, Maggie’s interests include reading, walking everywhere, eating good food, or any combination of the three.

Coordinator, Study-Abroad Programs