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International Studies


John Wies

John Wies

Undergraduate instructor/International Studies Department Chair

John began working for Edmonds College’s International Division in 1999 and served for many years in the division’s Intensive English Program. He was eventually called on to instruct and develop coursework in Intercultural Communications. John’s extensive teaching experience abroad and in other parts of the U.S. has given him a strong understanding of the needs, challenges, and opportunities that face both international and native/local college students. John holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics.

Interests: travel, skiing, photography, languages and songwriting

Monica LombanaMonica Lombana

Undergraduate Instructor

Monica joined Edmonds College’s International Division in 2020. Originally from Colombia (South America), Monica moved to the U.S. over 20 years ago to pursue studies in International Relations, Economics, Finance, Development and Public Policy. Having taught a variety of undergraduate courses, Monica has years of instructional experience and has also worked on numerous research projects. Monica holds a Master's degree from Penn State and a PhD from the University of Maryland.

Interests: reading, yoga, learning french, volunteering and traveling

Randy ThompsonRandy Thompson

Undergraduate Instructor and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow - IPI Religion Initiative, 2013 Cohort, Ph.D. 2017 Dissertation Project at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies

Randy began working for Edmonds College’s International Division in 2011 and has taught or co-taught over 25 courses in Religion, International Politics, History, Economics, and Intercultural Communication at various institutions. His students have ranged from ESL students at the community college level to mid-career professionals in graduate school. Randy has also served as the Academic Coordinator for the Master’s in Applied International Studies program at the Jackson School

Interests: Aikido