THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
The Center for Global Citizenship oversees a study abroad program that is consistently ranked among the best in the nation, highlighted by an average 85 percent participation rate.
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Lori Hartmann joined the Centre College faculty in 1999. She was named director of the center for global citizenship in 2020.
She was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” teaching award in 2000, and a Kirk Teaching Award in 2003. Since 2009 she has held the Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower endowed chair in international studies. During the CentreTerms of 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2015 she took groups of students to Cameroon to study politics and civil society in that Central African country. And In 2006-07 and 2012, she was the director of Centre College’s program in Strasbourg, France.
Hartmann’s scholarly interests have focused on African politics, women and development in West Africa, and the political economy of development. In 2013, she co-published an article with former Centre student Brian Klosterboer in African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has published several articles on the topic of women and development, including: “Pounding Millet during School Hours: obstacles to girls’ formal education in Niger” in the European Journal of Development Research (2011); “The Rural-Urban dynamic and implications for development: perspectives from Nigerien Women” in Journal of Contemporary African Studies (spring 2004) and “A Language of their own: Development Discourse in Niger” in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Winter 2004). Hartmann has also published works on pedagogical issues, for example, “Neoliberalism: a useful tool for teaching critical topics in political science” appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics (Oct 2009). In 2002 her article “War as Metaphor” appeared in Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice.
In 2015-16, Hartmann spent a year in Ethiopia as a Fulbright Fellow at Wollo University conducting a comparative study of Nigerian and Ethiopian literature, with an aim of understanding how that literature reflects a sense of nationalism or national identity. Read more about her research here. Upon her return in the fall of 2016, she took over a three-year term as faculty president.
She holds a B.A. from Denison University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver. She was an Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, West Africa; and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.
File last updated: 08/07/19
African politics — Women and development in West Africa — Democratic transitions in Africa — Peace Corps
Former Peace Corps volunteer in Tahoua, Niger, West Africa. An Ambassadorial Graduate Rotary Scholar in Senegal, West Africa. Articles published in journals including Africa Today.
Karen brought a wealth of international experience to the position when she came to Centre in 2018 as assistant director of the center for global citizenship and study abroad. She has visited, lived, and worked in over 50 countries. While in Asia, she organized and hosted large charity events for international vendors, managing the travel, documentation and accommodations of visitors from over a dozen foreign nations. During her time in Japan, Karen also helped to co-author a book on traditional Japanese clothing entitled Obi Ties East and West.
Often moving to a new location every two-years, Karen assisted in benchmarking the US Air Force’s Key Spouse program, advising and training representatives on multiple bases on how units should provide support to deployed and overseas members’ families. She played a key role in helping to manage the 9-11 crisis among these families.
In addition to her volunteer work within the Air Force community, Karen has worked as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher at elementary, middle and secondary school levels in Florida and Louisiana.
Karen was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, and has lived in Turkey, Japan, South Korea, England, and in California, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and Maryland. She is married to Centre College’s Executive Director Of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer and has three children, two grandbabies and a dog named Deuce.