International Graduate Student Labor as Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Brendan Cantwell Michigan State University, United States
  • Jenny J. Lee University of Arizona, United States
  • Yeukai A. Mlambo Arizona State University, United States

Abstract

This study critically examines the self-reported experiences of international graduate students using a framework understanding internationalization as acquisitions and mergers. Students reported positive experiences with their advisors. However, students’ accounts of laboratories and other research settings were diverse, ranging from co-contributors to knowledge and respected collaborators to employed cheap labor that their advisors depended upon for their own gains. In some cases, these students feared that their funding would be cut off or dismissed from the program (and consequently deported from the US) if they challenged their advisors. Whether such apprehensions were valid is unknown as this study focused on perceptions of the students only. The findings do lead to important future directions for research and practice.

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Author Biographies

Brendan Cantwell, Michigan State University, United States

BRENDAN CANTWELL, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University, USA.

Jenny J. Lee, University of Arizona, United States

JENNY J LEE, PhD (corresponding author), is Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, USA. 

Yeukai A. Mlambo, Arizona State University, United States

YEUKAI A MLAMBO, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, Arizona State University, USA. 

Published
2018-10-01
How to Cite
Cantwell, B., Lee, J., & Mlambo, Y. (2018). International Graduate Student Labor as Mergers and Acquisitions. Journal of International Students, 8(4), 1483–1498. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i4.211
Section
Research Articles