Office of International Studies & Programs Staff

Office of International Studies & Programs Staff



Kenneth Yanes
Dep. Director, Office of International Studies & Programs
Kenneth oversees all operations of study-abroad programs at John Jay College. He works closely with faculty and partner institutions to establish new and recurring academic programs abroad and to map global experiences into each department's curriculum. He joined John Jay College from Princeton University where he served as Assistant Director of Study Abroad. Prior to Princeton, he served as Associate Director of International Programs and Adjunct Lecturer of International Studies at The City College of New York, CUNY. Kenneth has served also as Visiting Faculty at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, where he taught and advised MA candidates during their capstone projects. With more than a decade of professional and academic experience in the field of international education, Kenneth specializes in international development education, internationalization of curriculum, experiential learning and teaching, and language acquisition abroad.
His current research interests include the linguistic self-esteem of heritage-language learners abroad, bilingualism in contemporary Maya literary production in Guatemala, and the maintenance of indigenous languages in Latin America. Most recently, he published a chapter on Spanish-language Moroccan literature in Orientalisms of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World (Escribana Books, 2013). Kenneth is fluent in English, Spanish, French, some German and is learning Swedish and Filipino. 
PhD candidate in Comparative & International Development Education, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
MA in Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
MA in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute
BA in French Literature & Medieval Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick


Miranda Tharp
College Assistant, Study Abroad

Miranda Tharp is the College Assistant for study-abroad programs. She is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in International Criminal Justice. She did a semester-long study-abroad program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.  As well as being a full-time student, she is also part of International Student Association, a Peer Adviser for Study Abroad, and a contributor to the Fanteca/Manteca research project, a student-led study of opiates and overdose in NYC


Her favorite memory in Barcelona was going to Carmel Bunkers to watch the sunset over the beautiful city and going to Camp Nou to watch the soccer game. Learning, traveling, and experiencing new cultures has given her the desire to teach English abroad to children after graduation. 

Coordinator, Study Abroad