Dr. Joann Halpern is the director of the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York City. Before she joined the GCRI, Dr. Halpern was the director of academic affairs and senior studies and assistant professor of international education at Global College of Long Island University, where she spearheaded the campus internationalization process, taught undergraduates, and revised the Global College curriculum. From 1996-2001 Dr. Halpern was the director of international programs at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany. She also co-founded Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries, an NGO with projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, Yemen, and Antigua.
Dr. Halpern received her B.A. in History and German from Dartmouth College, her M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in International Education from New York University. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the following organizations: Fulbright, the German Academic Exchan