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Staff and Leadership

New York Staff

Joseph Rienti, Director

  • BA International Political Economy and French, Fordham University
  • MA Humanities and Sciences, Fordham University
  • PhD French, City University of New York Graduate Center

Dr. Rienti is responsible for leading the office that administers undergraduate study abroad for Fordham University. He has spoken at international education conferences in the US and abroad on topics including gender imbalance, diversity, creative student financing models in study abroad programs, and the intersection of food and culture. He has taught French courses at Fordham University and City College in New York.

Dr. Rienti studied abroad at the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne for one year while pursuing his BA and has lived, worked, and traveled in France and the Francophone world ever since.


Sajana Blank, Assistant Director

  • BA Global Studies with honors (concentrations in African Studies and South Asian Studies), St. Lawrence University
  • MS Nonprofit Leadership, Fordham University

Among her other responsibilities, Ms. Blank directs the short-term study abroad programs at Fordham University.

While in college, she had the chance to study abroad for two separate semesters in both Kenya and India. Ms. Blank has had the privilege of traveling, working or living abroad in parts of North Africa, East Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. She is passionate about youth empowerment, the arts, peace and social justice. Ms. Blank has led trainings on developing intercultural and international competencies and integrating social justice programming on a university campus.


Erasmo Mendez, Assistant Director for Exchange Programs

  • BA Spanish, and International Studies University of California Irvine
  • MA International Education and Training, American University

Mr. Mendez is responsible for Fordham's portfolio of exchange partnerships.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Mendez studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year and volunteered with the non-profit Global Brigades in Honduras. After graduating, he worked for the same non-profit organization as a coordinator for the medical program based in Panama. Mr. Mendez is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in study abroad programming. He has participated and led such trainings in higher education environments.


Robin Joseph, Study Abroad Coordinator

Ms. Joseph has been with Fordham University since 2004. As the Study Abroad Coordinator she oversees the administrative and receptionist duties in the office. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call or stop by the Study Abroad Office!


Emily Putnam, Study Abroad Mentor

BA in Environmental and Urban Studies, Fordham University Rose Hill
Study Abroad Experience: Spring 2016, DIS Copenhagen

Emily is a recent graduate who was always excited to study abroad in Scandinavia and learn more about sustainability in action. She gained a lot from her experience and is so grateful to give back to Fordham through her work in the Study Abroad office. She is often the first person you will see when you come visit us, and loves the chance to help students gain a global experience and prepare them for their own study abroad experience.

Kelly Casey, Student Ambassador

BA Communications with a concentration in New Media, Fordham University Rose Hill, Expected Graduation: May 2018
Study Abroad Experience: Spring 2017 -  Fordham Exchange at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia 

After returning home from studying abroad on Fordham's exchange program in Australia, Kelly is excited to promote international education for her peers at Fordham. She traveled across Australia and to South East Asia, immersing herself in different cultures and learning about the world. Kelly looks forward to working with students and sharing her experiences abroad with them. 



Whitaker Porter, Student Ambassador

BA in Political Science and French Studies, Fordham University Rose Hill, Expected Graduation: May 2018
Study Abroad Experience: Spring 2017 - Syracuse Strasbourg Center, Strasbourg France

Whit is a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana. Traveling from New Orleans to New York, and then on to Strasbourg proved to be a wonderful journey for her throughout her college career at Fordham. Having just returned from abroad, she is excited to help students find an experience similar to hers through their own study abroad program. 

Overseas Staff

Szabina Antal

Academic Coordinator - Fordham London Centre

Emma Brown

Director of Student, Staff, Faculty Development at Fordham London Centre

London Internship Program Coordinator

Begona Calatrava

Fordham in Granada Program Assistant

Allie Dundon

Assistant for Student Affairs at Fordham London Centre

John Harrington, PhD

Academic Dean, Fordham London Centre

Matthew Holland

Assistant Head of Centre for Student Affairs

Vanessza Kaloczy

London Centre Receptionist/Office Manager

Rafael Lamas, PhD

Director of Fordham in Granada Program

Antoinette Lombard, PhD

Academic Director Ubuntu Program, Professor at University of Pretoria

Solomon Mmotong

Ubuntu Program Resident Coordinator

Kathy Pogson

Director of London Dramatic Academy

Richard Salmi, S.J.

Director of the Fordham London Centre

Rob Smith

Assistant for Academics at Fordham London Centre

Affiliated Faculty Members

Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock

Japan Program Faculty Director

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Hugo Benavides

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Mary Bly

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Jennifer Clark

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Arnaldo Cruz-Malave

Cuba Program Faculty Director

Thomas De Luca

China Program Faculty Director

Janet DiLorenzo

Department: Gabelli School of Business
Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

George Drance

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Jennifer Gosetti

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Richard Gyug

Camino de Santiago Program Faculty Director

Susanne Hafner

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Margot Hardenbergh

Communications Department Study Abroad Adviser

Kathryn Heleniak

Professor of Art History and Music

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

Amir Idris

Professor of African and African American Studies

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

JoAnna Isaak

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Julie Kim

English Department

Faculty in Residence at Fordham London Centre: Fall 2016

Mary Ann Kowaleski

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Joe Lawton

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Matthew Maguire

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

David Myers

Camino de Santiago Program Faculty Director

Joseph Perricone

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Paul Smith

Pre-Health Service Learning in Colombia Faculty Director

Grace Shen

Assistant Professor of History

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

Phil Sicker

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Elizabeth Stone

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Harold Takooshian

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Booi Themeli

Economics Department
Fordham in Pretoria, Ubuntu Program Coordinator

Jennifer Udell

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Cynthia Vich

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

Ronald Mendez-Clark

Judith Jones

John Seitz

Mohamed Alsiadi