Asabe Poloma

Associate Dean for International Students & Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program

Asabe Poloma is responsible for academic support and career development for international students, including degree completion planning; home country study away; transfer credits; Curricular Practical Training (CPT); and, international visiting undergraduate students. She oversees co-curricular academic programming, such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. She also works closely with colleagues on the college curriculum team in support of Brown’s signature Open Curriculum. 

In addition, like all academic deans, Dean Poloma mentors and advises multiple advising cohorts, including as a first and second year advisor, and a junior and senior class dean. She enjoys supporting undergraduate students in all class years as they grapple with and navigate their college transitions and experience, develop and pursue curricular and co-curricular interests, and identify supportive and inclusive communities of belonging. 

Dean Poloma earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University, Master of Arts in International Relations from Old Dominion University, Master of Science in Management from Columbia University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her scholarship on anti-colonial and critical internationalization studies, and race and equity in U.S. higher education has been published in the Peabody Journal of Education and Compare. She has taught courses on globalization and education, women and leadership, and global inclusion and social development. 

Previously, Dean Poloma worked at Institute for Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy Andover, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Hampton Roads Refugee and Immigration Services. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the United States National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College. 



Contact Information:

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(401) 863-5142