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Research Fellows

CEL Research Fellows

Research Fellows in the Rinker Center for Experiential Learning are distinguished professionals focusing on global information and analysis skills. They provide expertise, collaboration and consultation on intercultural effectiveness, which is critical to succeeding in business, education, advocacy and public service in the 21st century.

Thom Wolf | Mike Griffin


Thom Wolf D.Lit., Ph.D.

Thom WolfThom Wolf is Professor of Global Studies at the University Institute in New Delhi, India. University Institute focuses around the global conversation on the crucial question of the 21st century: what is the best way to live life on this planet?

He lectures as visiting Professor of Global Leadership at Andrews University. In India, he is currently a Visiting Research Professor for the Centre for Social Research at the National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences in Bhubaneswar; and Visiting Professor of Global Studies at the Tirpude Institute of Management Education, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur.

A social entrepreneur and leadership educator, Thom has designed Master of Arts programs for four USA universities.

His campus lectures and speaking engagements include Indiana University, Baylor University, Kim School of Intercultural Studies, University of California Berkeley, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Harvard University.

In Europe, the Middle East and Gulf States, and Asia, he has lectured at Beijing Language and Culture University, Kunming University, American University of Dubai, Kabul University, Kateb University Kabul, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Iqra University Islamabad, and the Moscow Budget & Treasury Academy of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

In India, Thom has lectured for School of Business, Kashmir University; Sociology Department, Lucknow University; St. Stephens College of Delhi University; Jawaharlal Nehru University; and President's Lectures, BC College of Punjab University.

He delivered the 2014 plenary lecture, National Seminar on Globalisation and Social Development in India, for Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, Government of India.

He is author, WV3: 21st Century Geo Lifezones (2015), Switzerland and Nepal (2012); Phule in His Own Words (2011), and India Progress-Prone (2007); international consultant for The Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity (2012); Changing Education: Jan Comenius and Savitribai Phule (2011); and contributor, Buddhism in the 21st Century, for the 2550 Commemoration of the Mahaparinirvana of Buddha, Ministry of Culture Government of India and Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University (2009).

His writings from India have concentrated on global leadership and India's father of social transformation, Mahatma Jotirao Phule. His works have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Tibetan, and Chinese, as well as German, Greek, Spanish, and Russian.

Thom works to further the global conversation, to promote sustainable environments for flourishing life, and to convene, connect, and collaborate educational experiences worldwide.

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Mike Griffin Ph.D. (Candidate)

Mike GriffinMike Griffin has over thirty years of teaching experience and seventeen years of cross-cultural experience comprising over fifty trips to the Middle East, including an extended stay in Cairo for immersion in Arabic.

He has developed and implemented various training programs to prepare participants in cross-cultural initiatives in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Mike's current research interest is in the field of anthropology.

His recent research paper for Harvard University focuses on persons with disabilities in the cultural context of honor and shame in the Middle East. Mike is currently completing his Ph.D. with a dissertation focusing on honor and shame in Middle Eastern culture.

Mike and his wife, Carrie, have five children. They enjoy traveling and building relationships with people of other cultures.