Biography

Shawn Conner has served as Associate Director of International Partnerships at Indiana University since 2012. In this capacity, he ensures academic units and offices comply with relevant university policies when undertaking international activities, works closely with IU faculty and staff on the development of partnership agreements, administers approximately 30 graduate and faculty exchange programs, and facilitates institutional engagements in Latin America. 

Previously, he was Associate Director of the Title VI Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Kelley School of Business. In 2011, he published "Why CIBERs matter to the competitiveness of U.S. businesses in the 21st century" in Business Horizons, a response to proposed budgetary cuts to Title VI area studies programs by the U.S. Congress.

Conner is active in NAFSA and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and presents regularly at regional and national conferences. He published an article on "Institutional Partnerships: Strategic Planning" with the American Council on Education in 2016.

Conner is also an advanced doctoral student at the IU School of Education. He specializes in education policy studies and comparative international education. His research focuses on the role of judiciaries across the Americas in educational policy agenda setting and policy appropriation. He is particularly interested in the ways that courts across Latin America, in the period following constitutional reforms, influence (directly or indirectly) education policy via their interpretation of human rights that are guaranteed by law.

Conner is a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).