Alvino Fantini, PhD

Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in Latin American studies, anthropology, and applied linguistics. A senior faculty member since 1964, Alvino helped turn the Sandanona estate into the present SIT Graduate Institute. He has worked in language education and intercultural communication for over 40 years in the US and abroad, in intensive and extensive programs, in education and training, in field situations and academia, and with numerous languages and cultures. He has conducted significant intercultural research and published widely, including Language Acquisition of a Bilingual Child (Multilingual Press, 1985) and New Ways in Teaching Culture (TESOL, 1997). Alvino served as an advisory member of a panel that developed the National Foreign Language Standards for US education, is a past president of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research International (SIETAR), and is a recipient of SIETAR’s highest award, Primer Inter Pares. He currently serves as education consultant to the Federation of The Experiment in International Living, as director of the World Learning institutional archives, as occasional adjunct faculty and lecturer, and as an international consultant.


  • PhD, University of Texas
  • MA, University of Texas
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
Alvino Fantini, PhD