Kara Godwin

Director for Internationalization

​​​Kara Godwin is the director of internationalization at the American Council on Education (ACE), where she leads the Internationalization Laboratory and contributes to ACE’s global research initiatives. She is also a research fellow at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education.

Godwin’s previous experience includes international consulting and research for governments, NGOs, and higher education institutions on issues of internationalization, strategic policy, interdisciplinary and liberal arts education, evaluation, learning/teaching/curriculum, and emerging economies. Her clients included Duke/Duke Kunshan University, Olin College of Engineering, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and Soka University. For several years, she led international programs at the Northwestern University teaching center and collaborated with the study abroad office. In her former career, she was an IT project manager in the United States and United Kingdom.

A Pell Grant recipient and first-generation college graduate, Godwin earned her PhD in comparative and international education from Boston College, an MS in higher education and social policy from Northwestern University, and a BA in international relations and English from Augustana College.​