Steve Bell

Steve Bell (bio photo)
International Programs Specialist, Education Program
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Area of Expertise: 

International and U.S. higher education; global program leadership, management, and coordination; international institutional partnerships and affiliations; socioeconomic status and study abroad; education abroad risk management and emergency response.


Dr. Steve Bell serves as an International Programs Specialist in the Education Program at the East-West Center. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing, planning, and organizing the Center’s Graduate Degree Fellowship; Obuchi Student Scholarship; Student Affiliate program; and emerging scholarship offerings from individual or institutional donors. Dr. Bell plays a leading role in working with the Dean of Education and senior EP team members on core experiential/educational components for EWC students, including development and implementation of the Center’s Community Building Institute, Exchange program, and International Graduate Student Conference. Additionally, Steve serves as staff advisor to the EWC Participants Association board as well as plans and supports EWC student leadership development and community service initiatives.

Dr. Bell was born and spent his early childhood in the Mānoa Valley. Growing up in Hawai‘i provided Steve’s introduction to multiculturalism and fostered his lifelong interest in and connection to the Asia-Pacific region. Steve’s 25+ professional career has been dedicated to the development, promotion, implementation, and expansion of global higher education, including management and operation of intercultural and academic assimilation, mentoring, and leadership programs for international and U.S. students.

Prior to joining the East-West Center, Dr. Bell directed the offices of Study Abroad and International Programs at Old Dominion University; coordinated student and professional programs at the University of Texas at Austin International Office; led study abroad programs for the School for International Training; headed a Quaker social action center; served as the Cross Cultural Coordinator for Peace Corps Yemen’s Pre-Service Training; and taught ESL internationally and in the U.S. Moreover, Steve has been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, a Rotary Scholar in Mexico, a Baden-Württemberg Scholar in Germany, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Yemen.



  • Ph.D., Education, Old Dominion University, 2015
  • Master’s of International Administration, School for International Training, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. Olaf College, 1986