Laura Viana is an adjunct professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pensacola State College, Florida and a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Laura is an alumna of the 2010 Fulbright-Hays program in Brazil. During her program, she focused on the education of minorities throughout Brazil, with special emphasis on linguistic minorities in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas. For five years, she was involved in the Global Connections program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. During this program, she participated in State Department exchanges in Afghanistan (2007), Tajikistan (2007) and Bangladesh (2005), worked on online international collaborative programs, and hosted educators from these countries in Hawaii.
She is also a two-time alumna (2009, 2012) of the East-West Center, an institution for public diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region based in Honolulu, Hawaii and Washington, DC. Laura obtained her bachelor’s degree in international studies with concentrations in Asian and comparative studies from Hawaii Pacific University and two master’s degrees in linguistics, and Spanish-English translation and applied linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.