Anna Krift is an associate professor of International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lynn University. She teaches several courses on international relations as well as comparative politics, international diplomacy, and politics of development. She also teaches in the Dialogues. Courses she has developed and taught in the Dialogues of Self and Society are “Global Crises: Individual Response and Responsibility” and “The Responsible Citizen: Awareness and Action in Today’s Global Society.”
Krift also directs The Citizenship Project: Commitment to Community. The Citizenship Project promotes active citizenship and social responsibility through innovative courses that include local service opportunities for freshmen during their first January Term. Krift also served as co-chair of the Dialogues of Innovation and helped develop and launch Lynn’s inaugural January Term, or J-Term, consisting of numerous course opportunities taking place on-campus or as domestic or international programs abroad.
Krift completed her Ph.D. at the University of Miami in the summer of 2004. The topic of her dissertation was the “Effectiveness of Foreign Assistance in Central America: The Case of Hurricane Mitch.” Prior to conducting fieldwork in the region for the dissertation, she spent two years in Costa Rica researching the country’s first women voters as a Fulbright fellow. While there, she founded and taught in a kindergarten and also instructed English. An avid supporter of international education, she encourages students to participate in study abroad opportunities.
- B.A., Eckerd College
- B.A., Eckerd College
- Ph.D., University of Miami
To encourage and motivate students, Anna Krift states her goals for the class at the beginning of each semester. It is her hope and expectation that students come to class prepared, ready to participate and have a desire to learn. The success of each and every student is her purpose and objective; it is why she teaches. Krift feels it is her job to see that they have a positive learning experience. She encourages communication and interaction and saves class time for students to ask questions. This helps students formulate their own conclusions and encourages critical thinking. Simply listening to a lecture is not enough. Krift wants students to feel they can come to her if they need to discuss a class or their academic experience. As an undergraduate student, she had a mentor with whom she could discuss her classes as well as her overall educational goals. This is an openness that she wholeheartedly supports as it provides motivation and reinforcement. Krift also believes that the most rewarding part of teaching occurs when a student questions, grasps and understands the subject being discussed. She views being a part of the map of their educational journey is incredibly humbling. Most importantly, she is acutely aware that they are not the only ones who are learning. She strongly believes that she also learns every day with each new class.
- International relations
- Comparative politics
- Latin American politics
- International development
- Foreign policy
- Women and politics
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Fulbright grant recipient and program advisor
- First women voters in Costa Rica
- Active citizenship
- Civic engagement