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Academic Leadership


Darren Kelly

Dr. Darren Kelly
Director of Academic Affairs in Dublin
A Dublin native, Dr. Darren Kelly holds a BA in English and Geography and a PhD in Cultural Geography from St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. He developed and currently lectures on the Postgraduate Diploma in Further Education at Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to lecturing, Darren worked in a range of community development and educational organizations in Dublin and travelled extensively. His interest in study abroad began at age 17 when he spent a high school year abroad in Oxford, Ohio. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence in 2007-2008 at Beloit College, Wisconsin. Over the past 10 years, Darren has increasingly focused his work (teaching, consulting, and publishing) in the area of linking academic theory and field studies in international education and study abroad. As coordinator of CAPA’s Global Internship Program, he has developed a research interest in the area of intercultural intelligence and self-reflection as related to students’ personal and professional development.


Guido Reverdito

Dr. Guido Reverdito
Director of Academic Programs in Florence
After a BA in Classics and a Master’s in Teaching Italian as a Second Language, Guido received his PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Padua. He worked as a visiting professor in Classics at the University of Kansas in 1989 and for 16 years, he was a Lecturer in Italian Language and Literature on behalf of the Italian Government in Istanbul, Madrid, Budapest, and Canterbury. From 2009 to present, he has been the Director of Academics at CAPA, where he teaches courses in social history of Italy and contemporary Italian cinema. He edited and translated several classic Latin authors, and wrote a History of Latin Literature in four volumes. Since 1989, he has been a film critic. His latest work is research on early years and production of celebrated Italian crime novelist Giorgio Scerbanenco (Giorgio Scerbanenco and the heart of darkness of Italian crime novel, Aracne, 2014).


Ruchama Johnston-Bloom

Dr. Ruchama Johnston-Bloom
Associate Director of Academic Affairs in London
Ruchama Johnston-Bloom is the Associate Director of Academic Affairs at CAPA London. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research focuses on modern Jewish interest in and engagement with Islam. She has held research fellowships at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining CAPA, she taught at NYU London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originally hailing from Vermont, Ruchama has made the UK her home for the past six years.


Anthony Gristwood

Dr. Anthony Gristwood
Faculty Chair, Principal Lecturer and Director of the Global Institute of Community Engagement
Anthony Gristwood is Faculty Chair, Principal Lecturer and Director of the Global Institute of Community Engagement at CAPA's London Center. He has been teaching in higher education since 1994 and has specialized in the field of education abroad for the last 20 years at CAPA, the Bader International Study Centre of Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Connecticut in London. He holds an MA, PGCE, and PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His current research and teaching interests include globalization, global cities, and modern London; politics, identity, and culture in modern Europe, particularly Spain; and the use of digital mapping in globally-networked teaching and learning. Publications include “Engaging with Self, Others, Space, and Place: Leveraging the Geographic Imagination in Education Abroad” (with Darren Kelly), in Brewer & Ogden, eds., Education Abroad and the Undergraduate Experience: Critical Perspectives and Approaches to Integration with Student Learning and Development (Stylus, May 2019). Anthony is also a regular contributor to, and editor of the CAPA Occasional Publications series.


Mike Punter

Dr. Mike Punter
Director of Theatre Education in London
Mike Punter is the Director of Theatre Education for CAPA, based in London. He teaches a number of courses in London including Theatre in the City, Witchcraft and Magical Performance, Writing a Play, and Theatricality for BFA Actors. He has also written the courses Utopia: Extraordinary Places and Where to Find Them and Communicate. Mike is a produced and published dramatist whose work has been staged and toured by a range of theatres, including Hampstead Theatre in London, the UK's National Theatre, Paines Plough theatre company and the BBC. He’s presently developing a new project for British television. Mike has a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in English and Theatre Studies, an MA in Renaissance Literature and Drama and a PhD with a focus on magic on the stage.


Julia Miller

Dr. Julia Miller
Director of Academic Affairs in Sydney
Dr. Julia Miller is the Director of Academic Affairs in the CAPA Sydney Center. Julia has been teaching in the Australian tertiary education sector for more than a decade. She gained her doctorate in Modern History from Macquarie University for her research in climate history. For CAPA, Julia teaches Analyzing and Exploring the Global City, Australian History and People, Place, and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. The latter course reflects Julia’s deep concern about our environmental future. At CAPA, Julia has put in place the Sustainable Sydney initiative to build environmental awareness and to encourage behavioral change. Julia lives in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches—an area known for its coastline, waterways, and healthy lifestyle.