Anti-Blackness and Racism in International Higher Education

  • Gerardo Blanco Boston College
  • Philip G. Altbach Boston College
  • Hans de Wit
Keywords: Black Lives Matter, racism, anti-Blackness, higher education, racial justice, internationalization, student unrest, colonization, United States


Racism has negative impacts on all aspects of international higher education. Anti-Blackness is a global and historical phenomenon, but the current racial awakening provides an important opportunity for higher education worldwide. Internationalization scholars and professionals should actively participate in global movements for racial justice.

Author Biographies

Gerardo Blanco, Boston College

Gerardo Blanco is associate director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College, US. E-mail:

Philip G. Altbach, Boston College

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and founding director of CIHE. E-mail:

Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is the director of CIHE. E-mail:

How to Cite
Blanco, G., Altbach, P. G., & de Wit, H. (2020). Anti-Blackness and Racism in International Higher Education. International Higher Education, (104), 3-4. Retrieved from

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