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Zack Klim Sociology of Education PhD Student

Zack Klim

Sociology of Education PhD Student


Program: Sociology of Education

Research Interests: organizational theory, internationalization of higher education, social stratification, economic sociology, population ecology methods

Principal Advisors: Richard Arum, Paul DiMaggio, Lisa Stulberg (co-chair), and Gregory Wolniak (co-chair)

Dissertation Topic: The Organizational Dynamics of U.S. Study Abroad: An Event History Analysis of Adoption

Research Description/Bio:

Zack Klim is a doctoral candidate and Executive Director of Global Affairs and Experiential Learning at NYU Steinhardt. His dissertation examines the emergence of the field of study abroad in the U.S. to deepen our understanding of the determinants of internationalization in higher education and answer critical questions in organizational theory.  Extending existing research on study abroad, his work looks beyond the pedagogical to reveal the dynamics of structuration and isomorphism in this subfield of higher education.

In his school leadership 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. He oversees all aspects of student mobility, manages internship/fieldwork partnerships and affiliations, and supports the internationalization of research and curriculum across the school. He joined NYU Steinhardt in 2008 after extensive work in the field of international educational 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 as a USAID contractor, and served as affiliated faculty for SIT/World Learning. Zack holds a BA in English Literature and Spanish from the University at Buffalo and an MA in TESOL Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Selected Awards, Publications and Presentations:

2018 Recipient of the Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education presented at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference. 

2017. “Defining the Field: A Prerequisite for the Reimagination of Internationalization in Service to the Student.” on panel Interrogating Imaginaries and Inequalities in Global Higher Education: Post-foundational Perspectives. Paper presentation at Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, March 9, Atlanta, GA.

2017. “Examining Sustainable Funding in University Partnerships:  Case Studies from Asia and the U.S.” Presentation at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference, February 20, Washington, D.C.

2017. “Tech-Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientations in Education Abroad.” Presentation at the NAFSA Annual Conference, May 31, Los Angeles, CA.

2016. “Evolving Pathways in Education Abroad: Parameters Shaping Student Choice.” Presentation at the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference, April 8, Atlanta, GA.