University of Southern California
In this role, McCracken works with 21 academic units across USC to facilitate the creation and implementation of strategic alliances with academic and research institutions in Mexico, Colombia and Chile. The Mexico Office’s objectives are to recruit exceptional talent; increase the impact and relevance of USC research; expand academic mobility; and strengthen USC’s relationships with alumni and friends of the university in the region.
McCracken has participated in the Foro Bilateral de Educación Superior, Investigación, e Innovación (FOBESII), the California-Mexico Higher Education Working Group (CMHEWG), and other bilateral forums dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and scientific advancement through academic collaboration between the US and Mexico. She is the author of several publications, including a monograph on globalization and youth in Mexico, “The Beauty Trade” (Oxford: 2014).
Prior to joining USC’s Office for Global Initiatives, Dr. McCracken was a Lecturer in International Relations and a manager in experiential education. She earned her PhD in International Relations and Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from USC, and a BA in Politics from the Universidad of California, Santa Cruz.