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Zack Klim

Executive Director, Global Affairs and Experiential Learning


In his current role, Zack collaborates with deans, department chairs, faculty, staff and institutional partners to conceptualize, implement and evaluate NYU Steinhardt’s international programming at home and abroad. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Global and Academic Affairs, Zack plays a leadership role in structuring the pedagogical and administrative foundations of the school’s global programs including: partnerships and affiliations, graduate and undergraduate study abroad, intern abroad initiatives, and internationalization of Washington Square.

Much of his work focuses on building initiatives that bridge academic disciplines and comparative perspectives by leveraging an extensive network of international partnerships.  Community impact is a central tenet of the School’s strategic plan and Zack helps execute this vision through oversight of School’s 2500+ external partnerships – an international network that includes schools, health facilities, government agencies, NGOs, corporations and other universities.  

Zack joined NYU Steinhardt in 2008 after significant work in the field of international educational development in Bangladesh, Burma, Costa Rica, and Honduras.  Prior to his work at NYU, Zack served as a Peace Corps volunteer, taught in New York City schools, worked for USAID, and taught as affiliated faculty with SIT/World Learning.  Zack holds a Ph.D in Sociology of Education from New York University, an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish from the University at Buffalo.  He is a quantitative sociologist by training and his research interests include the examination of educational inequality, organizational change and determinants of effective social movements.