John T. Crist is Adjunct Lecturer with SCS’s Master’s Program in Higher Education Administration.
Dr. Crist has deep experience with the management of international branch campuses of U.S. universities. He was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Mason University’s campus in Incheon, Korea (2016-2021), and Director of Research at GU’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar (2008-2015). Prior to his career in university administration, Crist served with the international fellowship program at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1994-2007), a Congressional think-tank in international conflict management and foreign affairs. In recent years, his research and writing have focused on international branch campuses and on the global development of science (as measured by peer-reviewed journal articles in STEM publications, 1900-2011). From 2012-2015, he was Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-national research project, supported by the Qatar National Research Fund, that included research teams in Germany, Luxembourg, Japan, Taiwan, Qatar, Romania and the U.S. Among other publications, the project resulted in an edited volume, The Century of Science: The Global Triumph of the Research University (Emerald, 2017), which won awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Association of American Publishers. Crist has taught courses in conflict analysis, nonviolent social movements, sociology, and research methods at Georgetown (in Doha and in Washington, D.C.), the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University (in Incheon and in Fairfax, Virginia), Syracuse University, Colgate University, and the Catholic University of America. Crist holds a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution and M.A. in interdisciplinary social science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.