James Madison University
PHOTO: Vesna Hart

Vesna Hart

  • Years Attended: 2009-2013
  • Advisor: Craig Shealy

Areas of Interest

International students' experiences in college; international learning processes and outcomes, as well as beliefs and values regarding justice and human nature.


Using a sociocultural theoretical framework focused on cognitive and affective change, I have developed curricula and programs for children and youth, focused on socio-emotional learning, global education, peace education, interfaith relationship building, and trauma awareness.   I am a member of the American Psychological Association's Divisions of International Psychology and Peace Psychology, as well as the European Association for International Education.  I currently work in James Madison University's Center for Global Engagement.

Program Reflections

The program provided me a solid theoretical foundation to develop my own integrative approach to individual change, as well as understanding how systems change. The program deeply influenced me as a self-aware and reflective practitioner and scholar who deeply cares about human dignity and well-being at individual, community, and global levels. The focus on diversity and global engagement was an important component of the program for me, as I am currently working in the international education field.