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Office of International Studies in Education


Lynn Paine, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, International Studies
Lynn Paine is associate dean for International Studies in the College of Education. She also is a professor of teacher education, and an adjunct professor of sociology and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Her work focuses on comparative and international education and the sociology of education, with an emphasis on the relationship between educational policy and practice, the links between education and social change and issues of inequality and diversity. Much of her work has involved the comparative study of teachers, teaching and teacher education, supported by research in China, the United States and England. Dr. Paine's work on learning in and from practice draws on her ongoing comparative research of teacher education. Her participation on "Learning from Mentors," a comparative study of mentored learning to teach, and her more recent NSF-funded leadership of a comparative case study of policies and practices that support beginning teacher learning will contribute to shaping the program. Having been visiting professor at several universities in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, Dr. Paine brings extensive experience in working across language, cultural and policy differences to talk about teacher education.
Julie Sinclair, Ph.D.
Associate Director, International Studies
Julie Sinclair has worked in the field of international education for nearly 20 years and is currently the associate director in the Office of International Studies. She previously worked as with sponsored international student recruitment at Michigan State University and in international student admissions and services at Oklahoma City University. Julie completed her PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education at MSU. Her research interests focus on graduate student learning abroad experiences and organizational scholarship related to internationalization of postsecondary education. Julie has served for many years as a volunteer leader with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In 2013, Julie received the NAFSA International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community award for Outstanding Contributions to International Enrollment Management.
Raphaela Schlicht-Schmälzle, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Raphaela Schlicht-Schmälzle, received her PhD in Political Science from University of Konstanz, Germany. Her expertise is in comparative education policy and educational inequality. Raphaela worked in several research projects on international comparative education. In this role she published in various peer-reviewed journals and co-organized a conference on Welfare State Traditions, Education and Higher Education Policy. In 2010 Springer Press published her book on the effects of German education policies on social inequality in education. Beyond that, Raphaela engages in social emotional learning in schools as a representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN).
Christine Caster
Christine Caster is the Office Assistant for the Office of International Studies in Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Christine received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Cornerstone University in 2013. While obtaining her degree she tutored adult learners, led a women's study group, and received the 2012 Outstanding Adult Learner Award from the Capital Area Higher Education Network. She has taught preschool and led a thirteen-week summer camp program with daily activities for a nearby church. Christine is interested in helping and educating children of all ages.