Christopher McShane
McGowan Building 320C
(831) 647-6683

Adjunct Professor Christopher McShane is a former U.S. Department of State foreign service officer with over 20 years of service.  His graduate-level courses have specialized in cross-cultural communication, international staff management and citizen diplomacy. He also supervises students on their required Practicum immersive learning semester. Chris is passionate about educating tomorrow’s leaders, working to provide them with concepts and skills that will help them develop personally and professionally in order to meet the challenges of our complex world.

As a diplomat he specialized in public diplomacy at U.S. missions overseas and at the State Department in Washington, DC. Postings included South Africa, Mozambique, Denmark, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Brazil.  Domestically, he headed international exchange programs for the Middle East and Africa during assignments in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He also served as a senior advisor in the Bureau of African Affairs.  Awarded an American Political Science Association Fellowship, Chris did graduate coursework at John’s Hopkins University/SAIS and served in the U.S. Senate.

Chris contributed to the book An Introduction to Modern Arab Culture, published in September 2019.  He has a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and completed his undergraduate work at Claremont McKenna College. He has spoken at various colleges and universities as well as at NAFSA conferences.  He currently serves on the academic study committee of the Public Diplomacy Council of America and on the advisory board of Citizen Diplomacy International. 

Courses Taught

Course Description

While undertaking an approved professional practicum in the International Education Management field, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for equivalent on-campus coursework. Students will demonstrate their application of theory to practice through completion of multiple deliverables.

Terms Taught

Fall 2020 - MIIS, Spring 2021 - MIIS, Fall 2021 - MIIS, Spring 2022 - MIIS, Fall 2022 - MIIS, Fall 2023 - MIIS, Spring 2024 - MIIS

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Course Description

On-site Perspectives: US

This in-class course will expose students to onsite design and management of international education programs in the greater Monterey Bay region. The course will alternate between in-class coursework, asynchronous coursework, and onsite visits. Participants will explore and evaluate varied approaches to international education through observations and conversations with administrators and professionals, including MIIS alumni. Students will apply their learning related to advising, student services, recruitment, budgeting, management, program design, and assessment. Through coursework, guided reflection and onsite visits, students will gain a deeper understanding of international education and professional practice at a variety of institutions in the region, including UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, California State University Monterey Bay and Cabrillo College. The course will also include visiting a local K-12 school and learning about professional network organizations. Throughout the course students will co-construct a resource bank to deepen their learning and to model standards-based good practices. Course hours posted are approximations and will be refined once onsite visits are confirmed.

Terms Taught

Spring 2021 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2022 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term

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Areas of Interest

I am passionate about educating tomorrow’s leaders. I hope to provide them with concepts and skills that will help them develop personally and professionally in order to meet the challenges of our complex world.

Being a part of this rich environment at MIIS motivates me. I see firsthand how ideas, cultures and experiences combine to create a place for reflection, learning and growth. After a 25-year career in international relations, I am grateful to be able to share my experiences with students, and I learn new things in every interaction with them. The global approach to every aspect of MIIS makes it a perfect fit.

Academic Degrees

  • MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics, London, UK
  • BA, International Relations, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
  • Graduate Coursework, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

Professor McShane has been teaching at the Institute since 2013.

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