Sherry Gray

Director, International Fellows and Scholars Program
disability policy and advocacy; humanitarianism; international development; international relations; US foreign policy

Sherry Gray joined the Humphrey School in 2008 as Coordinator of the Global Policy Area (GPA) and since then has assisted the School in ongoing efforts to further develop its international programs, including establishing the GPA capstone, serving as a member of the founding committee of the Master of Development Practice degree program, expanding student overseas experiential educational opportunities, and initiating Global Notes.

From 2012 Gray has directed the International Fellows and Scholars Program, which hosts the Humphrey International Fellows, the Government of India MPA Fellows, and scholars and fellows on other programs 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 and teaches courses in the GPA.

Before joining the Humphrey School in 2008, Gray served as a consultant on international relations (IR) education and foreign policy dialogue programs, most notably on Ford Foundation projects to support IR teaching and research in Vietnam.

Gray previously served as a program officer at the Stanley Foundation where she guided the Emerging from Conflict foreign policy dialogue program, working with U.S. government and nongovernment foreign policy analysts and their counterparts in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Vietnam.

From 1992 to 1995 Gray was executive director of the Program for International Studies in Asia (PISA), organized under the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences and the Social Sciences Research Council. PISA developed educational and research programs in the fields of IR with China, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Gray taught IR and comparative politics 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

Director of International Programs Sherry Gray is quoted on the topic of U.S. foreign affairs in Asia.

Star Tribune
November 21, 2015

Director of Global Programs Sherry Gray provides expert analysis of China in this dual analysis of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Pope Francis.

Star Tribune
September 25, 2015