IDRInstitute Directors

Milton J. Bennett

Dr. Milton J. Bennett served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia from 1968-1970, and returned to complete his doctorate in intercultural communication and sociology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in psycholinguistics from San Francisco State University.

He was a tenured professor at Portland State University in Oregon, where he created their graduate program in intercultural communication, and he has been an adjunct faculty member of graduate-level intercultural programs at Antioch College of Yellow Springs, Ohio and the University of the Pacific of Stockton, California.

Ida Castiglioni

Dr. Ida Castiglioni is a professor of the sociology of cultural processes in the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. At UMB she designed and teaches the graduate specialization of Intercultural Relations in the Programming and Management of Social Services and Public Policies program. She has also taught in the graduate program of Management and Analysis of Development Projects at the University of Milano, University of Firenze, and Reggio Calabria, and in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Milano.

Lee Knefelkamp

Dr. L. Lee Knefelkamp served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 1968 to 1970.  She holds a BA degree in literature and humanities studies from Macalester College, and an MA and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She has been a faculty member and Program Chair of Counseling and Student Development at the University of Maryland; Dean of the School of Education at The American University in Washington, DC; Academic Dean of the Faculty at Macalester College; and Senior Fellow with the American Association for Higher Education.  She is currently Full Professor of Psychology and Education in the Program of Social Organizational Psychology at Teachers College Columbia University.  At Teachers College she has also served as the Chair of the department of Adult and Higher Education.