Sherry Gray

Lecturer/Coordinator, Global Policy Area
Director, International Fellows and Scholars Program
humanitarianism; international development; international relations; US foreign policy; US foreign policy and national security

Sherry Gray coordinates international activities and projects for the Humphrey School and is a lecturer in the Global Policy Area (GPA). From 2012 Gray has directed the International Fellows and Scholars Program, which hosts the Humphrey International Fellows (public policy, law and human rights) and international visiting scholars and fellows from around the world. She consults with faculty, staff and students on a variety of activities designed to assist in globalizing all activities in accordance with the School’s mission and the University’s strategic plan.

Since 2008, Gray has assisted the School in developing international programs in all degree areas, including serving on the founding committee of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) degree program, establishing the GPA/MDP capstone, expanding student overseas experiential educational and global mentoring opportunities, supporting the reorganization of the GPA concentration, promoting internationalization of the Humphrey School curriculum, and initiating Global Notes. In the GPA she has co-taught courses on international humanitarian crisis response, global policy, and China's urban development. From 2009 to 2017 Gray supervised annually two to seven GPA/MDP student capstone projects for clients around the world, including in Canada, Jamaica, Namibia, Philippines, and Tanzania, on a range of topics and issues from organizational strategic planning to program evaluation.

Before joining the Humphrey School, Gray organized international relations education, policy research, and foreign policy dialogue programs for a number of agencies, including the Ford Foundation (Vietnam, China), the Stanley Foundation (China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Vietnam), and the Program for International Studies in Asia  (PISA), a project co-administered by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Social Sciences Research Council (China, Mongolia and Vietnam).

Gray taught international and comparative politics (Asia) at Providence and Macalester Colleges and the Universities of Louisville, Minnesota, Wisconsin—River Falls, and Port Harcourt (Nigeria). She taught English and studied Chinese at Liaoning University in the 1980s.

Gray has a BA from the University of Colorado and an MA and PhD from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

In The Media

Global policy expert Sherry Gray was a guest on this program to discuss the escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea. 

MPR News
September 5, 2017

Global policy expert Sherry Gray was interviewed regarding the escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States. 

KMSP TV
August 9, 2017