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Study Abroad Staff

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Study abroad at Fordham is part of a long-standing tradition of Jesuit education that seeks to enhance students’ understanding of the world’s peoples and their interdependence.

Our goal is to help students gain an understanding of other cultures and to incorporate a global dimension to their chosen fields of study. Fordham prides itself in offering its students one of the most extensive networks for foreign study of any major university.

Please stop by our offices—the ISAP staff looks forward to working with you and to offering the advising and services you will need to get the most out of your experience abroad.

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 for Short-Term Programs

  • 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, Partner Study Abroad Program 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!


Elizabeth Collins, Granada & London Centre Program Adviser

BA in Anthropology and Communications/Media Studies, Fordham University Rose Hill
Study Abroad Program: Spring 2017, Queensland University of Technology

Elizabeth recently graduated from Fordham University and spent a semester in Brisbane, Australia. She is excited to be working in the Study Abroad office and looks forward to helping students prepare for their own global journeys.


Viviana Muniz, Study Abroad Office Assistant

BA in Spanish and Communications with a concentration in New Media, Fordham University

Study Abroad Experience: Granada, Spain. Spring 2018

Viviana graduated from Fordham College Rose Hill in the Spring of 2019. During her junior year, she studied abroad on the Fordham in Granada program where she took courses at The Center of Modern Languages and despite being a native Spanish speaker, she gained a natural appreciation and greater fluency in the language. Viviana is very excited to be working in the Study Abroad office helping students find the program that will change their life in every way.

Overseas Staff

Nicola Blake

Facilities Manager, London Centre

Begona Calatrava

Fordham in Granada Program Assistant

Shannon Fane-Hervey

Student Life Coordinator 

Matthew Holland

Assistant Head of the Centre, Director of Student Affairs

Nicollette Kabat

Academic Coordinator 

Vanessza Kaloczy

London Centre Receptionist/Office Manager

Rafael Lamas, PhD

Director of Fordham in Granada Program

Hannah Laycock

Student Life Assistant 

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.

Head of the Fordham London Centre

Jesus Sanchez

Granada Program Assistant

Mark Simmons

Director of Academic Affairs, London Centre

Affiliated Faculty Members

Mohamed Alsiadi

Morocco Study Abroad Program Faculty

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

J. Alan Clark

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Clark

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Arnaldo Cruz-Malave

Cuba Program Faculty Director

Thomas De Luca

China Program Faculty Director

George Drance

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Maria Ebner

German Study Tour Faculty Director

Lewis Freeman

Communications Department Study Abroad Adviser

Jennifer Gosetti

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Susanne Hafner

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

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

Judith Jones

Fordham in London Summer Program Faculty

Julie Kim

English Department

Former Faculty in Residence at Fordham London Centre

Mary Ann Kowaleski

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Joe Lawton

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Matthew Maguire

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Katalin Marton

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Former Fordham in London Faculty in Residence

Ronald Mendez-Clark

Fordham in Granada Summer Faculty

Former Director of International and Study Abroad Programs Office

David Myers

Camino de Santiago Program Faculty Director

Joseph Perricone

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Usha Sankhar

Pre-Health Service Learning Program in Colombia Faculty Director

Paul Smith

Former Pre-Health Service Learning in Colombia Faculty Director

Grace Shen

Assistant Professor of History

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

John Seitz

Former Faculty in Residence at Fordham London Centre

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