Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Meggan Madden

Assistant Professor, International Education Management

I am passionate about how international education promotes intercultural dialogue and social change.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is working with internationally-minded and socially-conscious students who are committed to honing their professional skills in international education.

Meggan joins MIIS with over 15 years of experience in international education management at a variety of higher education institutions. She joined MIIS after working at Arizona State University (ASU), where she was the Director of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a $27 million dollar grant that funds undergraduate experiences for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, she was actively involved in the recruitment, admissions, orientation, and development of formal and non-formal curriculum for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at ASU.

As an international educator, she has been keenly interested in the recruiting, evaluating and admitting processes in higher education, particularly in how the quality of the student and their academic preparedness is measured. Part of this work led her to conduct her master’s and doctoral thesis research on the quality assurance of higher education. Meggan’s current research agenda looks at how international education programs can better reach and serve students from marginalized populations.


International Education Policy, Higher Education Administration, International Recruiting, Marketing & Enrollment, Comparative and International Education, International Admissions, Quality Assurance of Higher Education

Recent Accomplishments

  • Awarded a Presidential Fellowship to attend a Salzburg Seminar Series on "Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them:"
  • Mentored two MIIS students through the process of presenting an academic paper at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Toronto, ON, Canada.


Ph.D. University of Toronto (2012)

M.A. University of Toronto (2007)

B.A. Principia College (1993)


Shahjahan, R. A. & Madden, M. (2014). Uncovering the images and meanings of international organizations (IOs) in higher education research. Higher Education. Available online.

Madden, M. (2014). Walking the line: Quality assurance policy development and implementation in Việt Nam. Higher Education.67(1):91-104. Available online.

Knight, J. & Madden, M. (2010). The International Mobility of Canadian Social Science and Humanities Doctoral Students. Canadian Journal of Higher Education. 40 (2).

Mundy, K., Bickmore, K., Hayhoe, R., Madden, M. & Madjidi, K. (2008). Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers. New York: Teachers College Press Inc.

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