Office of International Studies & Programs Staff

Office of International Studies & Programs Staff



Kenneth Yanes
Dep. Director of International Studies & Study Abroad
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, and French, and is learning German and Swedish. 
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


Emily Ahmetaj
Coordinator of Study Abroad

Emily facilitates affiliated study-abroad programs and assists in the development of faculty-led and short-term study-abroad offerings specific to the John Jay College curriculum. She oversees the study-abroad application process, the Study-Abroad Peer Advisor Program, and maintains the JJC study-abroad program marketing. Moreover, she serves on committees for the CUNY Calandra Italian American Institute and CUNY-wide global scholarships. Emily has more than 5 years of experience in the field of international education. Emily came to John Jay College from Marist College, where she served as the Coordinator of Marist Italy Programs and supported the Freshman Florence Experience (FFE), Venice Biennale, and MA in Museum Studies programs. Prior, she served as Program Assistant and Resident Advisor for the Marist Italy Pre-College Program. 

In addition to her experience in the field of international education, Emily has a background in educational psychology. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Emily interned as a school counselor and worked with a non-profit, community-based behavioral health program for at-risk youth. Emily’s professional interests include campus internationalization, learning-outcomes assessment, crisis management, individual and group counseling, and academic advising. Emily is fluent in English and Italian, and is learning Albanian. 
MA in Psychology, Marist College
BA in Psychology, Marist College