Visiting Scholars and Diplomats

Diplomat in Residence

The public diplomacy program and the Center on Public Diplomacy are fortunate to host a diplomat in residence each year. The diplomat is a serving officer in the Senior Foreign Service on assignment from the Department of State with special experience of public diplomacy. The diplomat in residence co-teaches in the fall and typically offers a specialized class in their own area in the spring. 

Joëlle Uzarski

Joëlle Uzarski joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2005. She served overseas at the U.S. embassies in Brazil, Chile, India, Pakistan and Thailand, where she directed State Department educational and cultural programs in 19 countries. Her most recent assignment was Cultural Attaché in Brasilia. In Washington, D.C., in 2005–06, she was the program officer for the English Access Microscholarship Program worldwide.   

Prior to becoming a diplomat, Uzarski trained teachers and taught students in Korea, Brazil, and Spain, and she was a State Department Senior English Language Fellow in Uzbekistan.  She earned her BA in creative writing and her master’s in applied linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is from Chicago. She is currently the USC Public Diplomat in Residence.

Visiting Scholar

Roopa Desai Trilokekar

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in PD, Associate Professor, York University

Roopa Desai Trilokekar is associate professor (Post-Secondary Education) in the Faculty of Education, York University. She comes to an academic career after 20 years of experience as a professional in the field of international education in Canada, India and the U.S. Her research interests are focused on government policy in the internationalization of Canadian higher education, student experiential learning through international education and internationalizing pre-service teacher education. 

She has co-edited three volumes, International Education as Public Policy in Canada under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press Making Policy in Turbulent Times; Challenge and Prospects for Higher Education and Canada’s Universities Go Global and has published over 30 book chapters and journal articles. 

Her 2020 co-edited book International Education as Public Policy in Canada, along with Tamtik, M (Manitoba) and Jones, G. A (Toronto) was awarded the Catalyst Award by the Canadian Bureau of International Education for bringing cutting‐edge knowledge to the field of international education and made it to The Hill Times’ List of 100 Best Books in 2020. 

Her most recent research looks at a discourse analysis of the ‘International Students as ideal immigrants’ global policy discourse across Australia, Germany and Canada, funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has successfully completing two other SSHRC funded studies, one titled, China, India and the challenge to Canada's ‘Diplomacy of Knowledge’: A comparative study of the internationalization of higher educationand the other Making Policy in Postsecondary Education.

She is recognized as an expert on Canadian federal policy on international education, and her contributions to international higher education include examining the changing relationship between the state, foreign policy and education through critical comparative policy studies. Her current work is focused on international education as a soft power/public diplomacy tool in context of shifting/new geopolitics. She has been selected for a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (2020–21 academic year) for her project titled, International Education as Soft Power: Its relevance in a world of changing U.S.-Canada relations and new geopolitics. 

In 2020, she was invited to serve on the Royal Society of Canada's COVID-19 Working Group on the Future of Higher Education.

Visiting Researchers

The Master of Public Diplomacy program regularly hosts visiting faculty and researchers from around the world. Previous visitors include Dean and Professor Xiao Hua Feng (Nanchang Hangkong University, China), Fulbright Shuman scholar Agnieszka Lisowska (Spain/Poland), Guo Wei (Shanxi University, China).