The faculty who teach in the Global Studies Program come from many different disciplines, but share a commitment to engaged student learning. Learn more about some of the faculty who teach in the program below.
Meet the Director
Nicholas V. Longo is director of Global Studies and associate
professor of Public and Community Service Studies at Providence College. From 2006-2008, he served as the director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, an endowed civic leadership center at Miami University in Ohio. He also served as a program officer at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in the area of civic education, and from 2002-2004 he directed Campus Compact’s national youth civic engagement initiative, Raise Your Voice.
Nick is author of a number of books, articles, and reports on
issues of youth civic engagement, community-based leadership,
global citizenship, and service-learning. His publications include: Why Community Matters: Connecting Education with Civic Life (SUNY Press), a co-edited volume (with Cynthia Gibson) From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (Tufts University Press), and a co-edited volume (with Edward Zlotkowski and James Williams) Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership (Campus Compact). He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota.
Nick lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Aleida. Together, they have a great passion for educating the next generation of democratic citizens, starting with their children, Maya and Noah.
Meet the Founding Director
Born in Asturias, Spain, in 1970, Nuria Alonso García started teaching in 1992. After graduating from the Universidad de Oviedo with a degree in Spanish Philology in 1993, she started her doctoral work in the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, in Madrid, and continued teaching in American Study Abroad Programs in that city. In 1998, she moved to United States and continued her research and teaching at American institutions such University of California at Berkeley and Boston University. She completed her dissertation and earned her doctoral degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics in 2000. She is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at Providence College, where she has been a devoted faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages since 2000. She is the author of pedagogical materials for teaching Spanish in higher education levels, and multiple research papers analyzing the parallels that exist between the first and second language acquisition processes.
Having lived abroad in several European countries, and now in the United States, she believes in the importance of developing intercultural awareness in order to understand multiple perspectives as well as the interconnectedness of our global society. She believes that individuals have the responsibility to establish a connection between global issues and personal commitments in their local communities.
She lives now in Providence and enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, and her beloved chihuahua, Lupita.