Emerging Conversations in Critical Internationalization Studies


  • Sharon Stein
  • Dale M. McCartney




critique, complexity, complicity, internationalization otherwise


In this paper, we introduce our special issue, “Internationalization for an Uncertain Future: Emerging Conversations in Critical Internationalization Studies.” In addition to reviewing the individual contributions to this issue, we also consider emerging areas of inquiry in the field of critical internationalization studies (CIS), and invite consideration of how the field might responsibly confront the challenges, complexities, and possibilities that emerge in efforts to imagine and practice internationalization otherwise in today’s complex, uncertain, and unequal world.

Author Biographies

Sharon Stein

SHARON STEIN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Research Associate with the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Her research examines the complexities, challenges and possibilities of internationalization, decolonization, and sustainability in higher education. Email: sharon.stein@ubc.ca ORCID: 0000-0001-6995-8274

Dale M. McCartney

DALE M. McCARTNEY, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of University Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada. He uses historical methods to critically examine the internationalization of higher education since the end of World War II. Email: dale.mccartney@ufv.ca ORCID: 0000-0001-5795-740X


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How to Cite

Stein, S., & McCartney, D. M. (2021). Emerging Conversations in Critical Internationalization Studies. Journal of International Students, 11(S1), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11iS1.3840