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Global Policy Area Coordinator Sherry Gray of the Humphrey Institute

Sherry Gray

Coordinator, Global Policy Area

Phone: 612-626-5674
Office: 232 Humphrey School
Center/Department: Global Policy Area

Areas of Expertise

International relations education and programs, East Asian foreign and security policy, East Asian domestic politics


Sherry Gray joined the Humphrey School in 2008 after several years of consulting on international relations education and programs, most notably on Ford Foundation and CEEVN projects to support undergraduate teaching of international relations in Vietnam.

Gray previously served as a program officer at the Stanley Foundation, where she was responsible for the Emerging from Conflict program. There, she developed activities to facilitate improved dialogue between U.S. government and nongovernment foreign policy analysts and their counterparts in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Vietnam. More information can be found at

From 1992 to 1995, Gray was executive director of the Program for International Studies (PISA), organized under the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Social Sciences Research Council. PISA promoted international relations education and exchange programs in China, Mongolia, and Vietnam. See for more information.

Gray has taught international and comparative politics at Providence and Macalester colleges and at the universities of Louisville, Minnesota, Wisconsin—River Falls and Port Harcourt (Nigeria). She lived and worked for a number of years in China, teaching English and studying Chinese at Liaoning University.

Gray has a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Courses Taught

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Fall 2015
  • PA 5890 —Foreign Pol & Intl Aff Topics - Class Info
  • PA 5990 —Topics: Pub Affairs--General - Class Info
Spring 2016


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