Christie Pearson is the Assistant Director for Faculty-Led Programs at Southern Methodist University. She loves working with faculty to develop their abroad programs because of the tremendous impact her own international experiences had on her education and professional trajectory. Christie thrives knowing that her work contributes to current SMU students’ international opportunities.
An SMU alumna twice over, Christie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, French, and Political Science. During her undergraduate career, Christie studied in Paris, the south of France, and spent a semester in Washington D.C. on an international law program that traveled throughout Europe. Through this program, Christie also interned at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
After college, Christie accepted a position in the Teaching Assistantship Program in France and spent a year living and working in Châlons-en-Champagne. In spring 2018, she completed her Master of Liberal Studies degree with a dual concentration in Organizational Dynamics and Global Studies. Christie wrote a thesis examining the French legacy on international human rights law in Algeria and Haiti. During her graduate studies, Christie continued her abroad education with two Holocaust-focused trips to Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany. She also interned with a non-profit organization, Haitian Pilgrims, and had the privilege of visiting Haiti on a mission trip.
Christie loves to exchange ideas and share experiences in order to fine-tune practices that further develop the field of education abroad.
Read below to find out a bit more about Christie:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?
I love traveling to European countries and cities, as I've studied their history and enjoy the architecture. However, I am eager to expand my horizons to Africa, South America, and Asia.
What is the one item you can't travel without?
Passport seems pretty essential for international travel.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Having spare time (I just finished a grad program while working full-time). Reading for pleasure and catching up on Netflix.
Abroad in Prague