Laurie Williford has been the assistant director of UGA’s Portuguese Flagship Program since 2012. From 2007-2012, she was a foreign service officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State. With the State Department, Laurie worked in the Office of Japanese Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia, the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, and the Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs. Laurie earned her B.A. in Japanese and Spanish from UGA in 2001. She taught English and international understanding in Japan for three years and earned a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Duke in 2007. In addition to Japan, Slovenia, Brazil, and Australia, she has traveled to Korea, Ireland, England, Canada, and Papua New Guinea.
Williford is a first-year MEd student at the Institute of Higher Education. Her research interests include international education.