Sora Friedman, PhD

Sora has worked in international education (IE) for 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. After working in the field for 20 years, she joined SIT Graduate Institute as an adjunct faculty member in 2002 and became full-time faculty in 2005. She is responsible for teaching, advising, and serving as chair of SIT’s IE master’s degree program. In addition to her work at SIT, Dr. Friedman serves as chair-elect to NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Knowledge Community and is often sought out as a peer reviewer and consultant for various journals and professional training programs. Recent research projects include explorating gender parity at the senior leadership level in international education and co-authoring the book Careers in International Education (expected publication in 2019). In 2015, Dr. Friedman received the NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service. Previously, she served on NAFSA’s New England region (Region XI) chair-stream (2013–2015), as a member of CISabroad’s Board of Advisers (2008–2015), and as chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (2011–2012) and Training Coordination Subcommittee (2008–2010). Before joining SIT, Dr. Friedman taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England and is fluent in Spanish. She holds a doctorate in cultural studies (with foci on immigration policy, community development, and advocacy) as well as a master’s in international administration, a certificate in distance education, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish.


  • PhD, George Mason University
  • Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
  • MIA, School for International Training
  • BA, University of Maryland
Sora Friedman, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Professor and Chair

MA in International Education

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