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Global Policy Area Coordinator Sherry Gray of the Humphrey Institute

Sherry Gray

Lecturer, Global Policy Area

Director, International Fellows and Scholars Program

School-wide Coordinator, Humphrey Global Programs

Phone: 612-626-5674
Office: 232 Humphrey School
Center/Department: Global Policy Area

Areas of Expertise

International relations education and programs, East Asian foreign and security policy, East Asian domestic politics


Sherry Gray joined the Humphrey School in 2008 as Coordinator of the Global Policy Area (GPA) and since then has assisted the School in ongoing efforts to further develop its international programs, including establishing the GPA capstone, serving as a member of the founding committee of the Master of Development Practice degree program, expanding student overseas experiential educational opportunities, and initiating Global Notes.

From 2012 Gray has directed the International Fellows and Scholars Program, which hosts the Humphrey International Fellows, the Government of India MPA Fellows, and scholars and fellows on other programs from around the world.  She consults with faculty, staff and students on a variety of activities designed to assist in globalizing all activities in accordance with the School’s mission and the University’s strategic plan and teaches courses in the GPA.

Before joining the Humphrey School in 2008, Gray served as a consultant on international relations (IR) education and foreign policy dialogue programs, most notably on Ford Foundation projects to support IR teaching and research in Vietnam.

Gray previously served as a program officer at the Stanley Foundation where she guided the Emerging from Conflict foreign policy dialogue program, working with U.S. government and nongovernment foreign policy analysts and their counterparts in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Vietnam.

From 1992 to 1995 Gray was executive director of the Program for International Studies in Asia (PISA), organized under the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences and the Social Sciences Research Council. PISA developed educational and research programs in the fields of IR with China, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Gray taught IR and comparative politics at Providence and Macalester colleges and the universities of Louisville, Minnesota, Wisconsin—River Falls and Port Harcourt (Nigeria); she taught English and studied Chinese at Liaoning University in the 1980s

Gray has a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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Courses Taught

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