Our Global Footprints

Sarah Lawrence students, faculty, and alumni have always shared a touch of wanderlust. Herewith, a small (okay, really small) sampling of who’s done what where. That spirit of adventure continues, and these days nearly one in five students comes to SLC from abroad, representing far-flung places from Albania to Kuwait, from Macedonia to Zimbabwe.

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In 1987, Nancy Press ’69 co-founded Child Aid, a nonprofit group designed to support disadvantaged children in Latin America. 

Three grad students—Gillian Blaber MS ’11, Lindsey Alico MS ’11, and Ny Hoang MS ’11—traveled to Guatemala to gauge whether Genet-Assist, the nonprofit they created as their thesis project, could provide genetic counseling there.


Elinor Mayer ’36, Peggy Rosenbaum ’36, Claire Strauss ’36, and Judy Kauffman ’35 ventured to Mexico in 1936, spending a night at the Mexican Symphony with famed artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Reportero, an Emmy-nominated documentary by Bernardo Ruiz ’95, follows journalists covering the drug trade in Mexico. 



Nicole Karsin ’94 covered the civil war in Colombia for seven years as a journalist based in Bogotá.


Kris Philipps (visual arts) traveled with students to Nicaragua, where they taught bookbinding to a women’s papermaking cooperative in 2005.


During spring break 2003, three SLC faculty and 14 students traveled to Cuba to attend an international workers’ rights conference co-founded by Dean Hubbard (public policy).


While a student, Christine Spinelli ’10 filmed a short documentary on national adoption in Cochabamba, Bolivia.


In 1983, seven students organized a month-long trip to Costa Rica to conduct studies in rural health care, deforestation, and agriculture.


As a first-year student, Trevor Wallace ’13 filmed a documentary on environmental conservation in Antarctica. The Compass Points South was screened at The Explorers Club, and Wallace was inducted as a member.


As founding head of school, Joan Cannady Countryman ’62 helped Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela launch Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls.

Elke Zuern (politics) spent six months at the University of Cape Town last year as the Van Zyl Slabbert Chair in Politics and Sociology.


As the founder of Repowering London, a nonprofit cooperative, Agamemnon Otero ’01 has emerged as a leader in Britain’s sustainable energy movement.


The Sarah Lawrence College Chorus, directed by Harold Aks (Music), embarked on a six-country tour of Europe in 1964.


Lisa Anderson ’72 took office as president of the American University in Cairo in January 2012, three weeks before protesters descended on Tahrir Square.


On a 1987 trip to the Soviet Union with other college presidents, Sarah Lawrence President Alice Ilchman met with Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov. 


This semester, SLC undergrads are studying human development in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zimbabwe and conducting fieldwork with program leader Kim Ferguson (psychology).



Roy Brand (philosophy) spent the 2010-11 academic year as director and chief curator of Yaffo 23 at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. 


Fulbright Scholar Shahnaz Rouse (sociology), author of Shifting Body Politics: Gender, Nation, State in Pakistan, frequently returns to Lahore for research.


Lois Murphy (psychiatry) lived in India for four months in 1950, three years after the country’s independence, studying the dynamics between Indian children and their parents. 

Meghan Roguschka ’12 and Amanda Ota ’12 spent a summer building a community garden alongside villagers in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh


Aryn Baker ’95 wrote a Time magazine cover story in 2010 about a young Afghan woman whose nose had been cut off on Taliban orders. Today Baker is Time’s Africa bureau chief. 


A crew of 10 Sarah Lawrence faculty and alumni spent three weeks in Nepal filming Red Monsoon, a movie written by Eelum Dixit ’09. 


Joyce Zankel Lindorff ’71, a Juilliard-trained harpsichordist, became the first permanent visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. 

Joshua Muldavin (geography) has spent 30 years doing field research, often with Sarah Lawrence students, in rural areas of China, India, and Nepal.

Epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin MD ’74 served as adviser to the Chinese government in dealing with the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).


Edith Mirante ’74 has investigated atrocities and resistance in some of the most remote corners of Myanmar’s frontier war zones. 



Jiway Tung ’89 founded Karang Widya (The Learning Farm) in Indonesia for at-risk children.


Diplomat Daniel Russel ’75 was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs by President Obama in 2013.

The Start of Sarah Lawrence’s Current Study Abroad Programs

1953 Paris, France

1984 Oxford, England

1987 Florence, Italy

1988 London, England (theatre)

2001 Havana, Cuba

2005 Catania, Italy

2012 Berlin, Germany

2014 Lima, Peru

2014 Greece & Turkey

2015 Beijing, China

2015 Sub-Saharan Africa