About Us

Meet the USF World Leadership

Vice President, USF World

Roger Brindley, EdD

Roger Brindley, Ed.D., leads USF World overseeing system-wide global engagement for the University of South Florida (USF). USF is currently ranked as a top 25 public research university with $568M in expenditures. Internationally, USF is ranked 32nd among public institutions in the U.S. by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and Top 50 for public universities in the U.S. by the Academic Ranking for World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2013, USF was a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. During the 2015-16 year, the university was recognized as a 2016 Peace Corps Top College for undergraduate volunteers and in 2016-17 as the third ranked graduate school for Peace Corps volunteers in the United States. In 2017, the Fulbright Commission announced USF as the number one producer of Fulbright Faculty Scholars across all universities in the United States, and in 2018-19 USF has repeated this #1 ranking. In February 2019, USF received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from IIE.

A USF professor for 23 years, Brindley has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the USF President's Award for Faculty Excellence, and he was identified as an Honored Professor by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2001. Brindley has written numerous articles in North American and European publications on policy and practice in higher education, has served as editor for three national/international journals, and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world. Between 2015-17, Brindley was honored to be elected the APLU Executive Chair for the Commission on International Initiatives, and has spoken at national conferences of the APLU, the Association International Education Administrators, as well as the British Council Going Global conference.

Between 2016-18 Dr. Brindley continued his Vice Presidential leadership at USF while serving as Interim Dean to the College of Education. Today, he leads USF World and the international student success initiatives for almost 5,000 students from 147 countries and the 2,250 outgoing faculty, staff and students completing academic experiences abroad, while documenting the global footprint of over 1,200 USF faculty who conduct teaching, scholarship and research overseas.


Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs

Kiki Caruson, PhD

Kiki Caruson, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs for USF World and a faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences. As a member of the USF World leadership team, she is responsible for comprehensively data mapping USF's global footprint and for promoting international engagement including education abroad programming and internationalization of the curriculum. Dr. Caruson manages the USF Global Discovery Hub, programs that support research and scholarly mobility and global partnerships, Peace Corps programming, among other strategic initiatives. Dr. Caruson is an expert on the best practices for promoting strong relationships between university research and international offices and the data and metrics associated with a successful global portfolio. She is the author of numerous publications including Globalizing University Research: Innovation, Collaboration, and Competition published in 2017 by the Institute of International Education (IIE). In 2016, Dr. Caruson received the inaugural Big Ideas Award (and funding) from the Society for Research Administrators International (SRA-I) for the creation of a peer-resourced, web-based Global Research Toolkit.

Dr. Caruson is an alumna of the USIEF India Fulbright Program for senior international education administrators (2013) and is an active scholar, teacher and mentor. She has led student groups to Panama, India, and Peru, and has twice received USF's Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Caruson maintains an active, interdisciplinary research portfolio; is an advisor and mentor to graduate and undergraduate students; and has served in leadership roles in a number of professional organizations affiliated with her academic discipline, international education, and research administration.


Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies

Mohsen M. Milani, PhD

An internationally recognized scholar and public intellectual, Dr. Mohsen Milani is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida. He served as Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF for thirteen years. During his tenure as chair, the department began a new Ph.D. program in Governance. He also was a research fellow at Harvard University, Oxford University, and the Foscari University in Venice, Italy.

Dr. Milani has authored more than 80 publications in top peer-reviewed academic and respected popular journals. His works have been translated into Persian, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. His book, The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, has been used as required reading in major universities in the US, Europe and Iran. His most recent publications include Iran in a Reconnecting Eurasia (Center for Strategic and International Studies), “The Effects of US Sanctions on Iran's Domestic Security" (World Politics Review), "Iran's Strategy in the Syrian Civil War (The Washington Quarterly), and the following articles in Foreign Affairs: "How Iran's Moderates Triumphed;" "Saudi Arabia's Desperate Measures;" Iran's Politics After the Nuclear Deal;" "Why Tehran Isn't to Blame for the Civil War in Yemen;" "Rouhani's Foreign Policy;" "Meet Me in Baghdad;" and "Iran's US Policy." Since 2000, he has been invited to 200 conferences in 27 countries. His advice is solicited by private and governmental entities. He has testified before US Congress as a subject matter expert. As a regular commentator on current international affairs, Dr. Milani has reached tens of millions of readers and viewers across the globe. Among others, he has been interviewed or quoted by over 200 national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Le Monde (France), The Economist (UK), Der Spiegel (Germany), BBC World News, CNN, Russian TV (RT), AlJazeera America, Correio Braziliense (Brazil). CGTV (China), TO VIMA (Greece), Radio Israel, Chuo-Koron (Japan), Toronto Star (Canada), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Avvenenire (Italy), Publico (Portugal), ABC Radio (Sydney, Australia), B1 TV (Romania), Chunichi Newspaper (Japan), RIA Novosti (Russia), EuroNews, The Hindu (India), Il Reformista (Italy), Nepszabadsag (Hungry), Globo News (Brazil), and ABC Nightline Live, Radio Free Europe, and Voice of America. 

The Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies has substantially increased USF’s national and global visibility through its major conferences, conversations and other activities. The Center is proud for taking USF to the world and bringing the world to USF.