Meredith Collier-Murayama develops professional trainings based on START research, with a focus on countering violent extremism (CVE). She also coordinates START’s Spring Break in Japan program (“Terps to Tohoku”), which explores Japan’s recovery after the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster and 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attacks. She created the program in 2014, based on her personal and professional connections to Japan. Previously, Meredith managed a University of Maryland global civic engagement program; and administered U.S., South Korean, and Japanese government-sponsored international internship programs at Cultural Vistas, a U.S. Department of State-designated J-1 visa sponsor. She is also a doctoral student in the University of Maryland's International Education Policy program. Her work considers how security interests and anxieties about “threats to security” are manifested on/through youth, education, and cultural exchange in the Asia/Pacific region. She is especially interested the U.S.’s role in inter-Korean, Japan-South Korea, and Pacific Island issues. She holds an MA in English from Boston College, specializing in transnational American studies; and a BA in English from Washington College, specializing in comparative philosophy and Early Modern English literature. She studied Korean language, history, and culture at Yonsei University and Sogang University in Seoul; as well as secondary English education at Towson University. She regularly volunteers with Youth For Understanding and other person-to-person diplomacy organizations, and is a member of the DLNSEO (NSEP) National Language Service Corps, available to assist U.S. government entities as a volunteer Korean linguist.
- University of Maryland, College Park, Doctoral Student, International Education Policy (in progress)
- Boston College, M.A., English, 2010
- Sogang University, Korean Language & Area Studies (non-degree), 2008 & 2009
- Towson University, Secondary English Education/Teaching (non-degree), 2007-2008
- Washington College, B.A., English, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2007
- Yonsei University, Korean Language & Area Studies (non-degree), 2005-2006
- University of Maryland, Assistant Director of Beyond the Classroom Program, 2013-2015
- Cultural Vistas, Korea WEST & Kizuna Project Program Manager, 2012-2013
- Cultural Vistas, Korea WEST & Global Career Launch Program Specialist, 2010-2012
- Boston College, Teaching Fellow, 2009-2010
- Boston College, ESOL Writing Tutor, 2008-2010
- Lynch, E., Jones, E. & Collier, M. (2015). Life After Senegal. Journal of Case Studies, 33(2).
- Collier, M. (2009). Amerasian (In)Visibility: American Exceptionalism and the Hines Ward Syndrome in U.S. and South Korean Popular Discourse. Conference Proceedings of the 44th American Studies Association of Korea International Conference.
- Collier, M. (2005-2006). 16 articles as The Seoul Beat Weekly Columnist. The Washington College Elm Newspaper.
- Collier, M. (2005). Small Fly Buzzing & Two Coins. Gyedan mit noran mun iyagi/Stories from The Yellow Door Under the Stairs. (Poetry published in the annual anthology of the Yonsei University Dong Ju Literature Club)