Catherine Cutcher is the Associate Director of the Center for International Studies at Ohio University. She has worked with the Center for International Studies since 1997. She formerly served as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs in Global Studies. She manages the center's work in the areas of graduate and undergraduate curricula and assessment, recruitment, and community outreach. She also teaches and advises undergraduate majors and certificate students in Global Studies - War and Peace and Diversity Studies.
She received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College (1996), a M.A. in International Affairs (African Studies) from Ohio University (2000), a Ph.D. in Education (Cultural Studies) and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio University (2013). Dr. Cutcher has lived and conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Eswatini. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for her dissertation research in Kenya.
Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of qualitative research methodologies, comparative and international education, gender and development, women’s organizations, service learning and social movements. Her dissertation research explored popular education, development and social change among women’s grassroots organizations in urban and rural Kenya. She has extensive experience in conducting and teaching qualitative research methods including ethnography, interviewing, focus groups, and document analysis.
Dr. Cutcher has also served as a faculty member in University College, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University. She was a program coordinator in the Office of Education Abroad (Office of Global Opportunities) and the former Assistant Director of African Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University. She has experience with the administration of external grant funding through the Title VI National Resource Centers Program of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Foreign Language Center STARTALK program of the National Security Agency.
Dr. Cutcher supports the administration and instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages at Ohio University. She coordinated the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program at Ohio University from 2000-2003. She also served as the Program Coordinator of the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at Ohio University in 2003 and 2004. She is certified in Second Language Acquisition and attended the Swahili STARTALK Program for Language Instructors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. She was the Program Director for the Swahili STARTALK Summer Intensive Language Institute at Ohio University in 2016 and 2019. She participated in the Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program with Yale University in Arusha, Tanzania in 1998. She has studied and conducted research in the Swahili language since 1994. She has done ethnographic research in Kenya among street children in Nairobi and with grassroots women's organizations in Nairobi and the coastal area of Kenya. This area is predominantly Swahili-speaking and the insights she brings from her experience inspires students with an interest in studying abroad and conducting research in East Africa.
Dr. Cutcher serves on the Community Engagement Committee with the Center for Campus and Community Engagement (CCCE). She coordinated the Peace Corps Prep partnership between Ohio University and the U.S. Peace Corps. She mentors and facilitates service learning and internship experiences for students. She was the resident director of the Service Learning through Teaching in Swaziland study abroad program in 2000-2001 and has also worked with other service learning programs in Ghana, Ecuador, and South Africa. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Rural Action in Athens (1999-2000) and the National School and Community Corps in Philadelphia (1996-1997). She has served on the boards of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network and the Buckeye Forest Council. She also published a book on oral histories of the Leading Creek Watershed with the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District, supported by a grant from the Ohio Council for the Humanities.
Catherine Cutcher, Ph.D.
Center for International Studies
Yamada International House, Room 102