Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International & Global Studies
Nancy Hare Robbins is Program Coordinator at the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies. She manages DUCIGS’ funding competitions and serves as campus coordinator for several national competitions, including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) and Boren Fellowships. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Arizona State University (ASU) in English, specializing in contrastive linguistics, contemporary grammar and English as a Second Language, and a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish, in which she is fluent, and Linguistics.
Hare Robbins has held professional positions at various educational levels for more than four decades – as university faculty and administrator, as well as instructor in Adult Continuing Education and secondary schools. She came to Duke University in 1995 and has been on the staff of the Center for International & Global Studies continuously since 1996, serving initially as their business and personnel manager before moving into programming. Since the late-1990s, she has administered DUCIGS’ graduate and undergraduate overseas research programs and the Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues. In addition, she serves as Duke coordinator for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program on-campus placement, which – in conjunction with the Institute of International Education (IIE) – brings scholars from more than 140 countries globally into American universities and colleges to conduct advanced research projects in a broad range of disciplines. Before coming to Duke, she worked as academic administrator in Journalism at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for 15 years. Her educational background served her well during seven years as a marketing analyst with several research supply houses in the New York City area, becoming Market Research Account Executive at J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Manhattan for the last five years before shifting permanently back to her principal love – international education.
With a lifetime commitment to the issue of global food insecurity, Hare Robbins has volunteered over the past ten years with the NC Farmer Foodshare Organization, which is dedicated to addressing this problem in our local community by working in conjunction with farmers markets across North Carolina to provide food banks with weekly supplements of fresh produce and other perishable food items. She has traveled on six of the seven continents extensively and has hosted in her home visitors to Duke University and the Triangle from almost every one of them.