Disrupting Neoliberal and Neocolonial Ideologies in U.S. Study Abroad: From Discourse to Intervention


  • Rhia Moreno Augusta University




neoliberal, neocolonial, discourse, study abroad, global


This review highlights the neoliberal and neocolonial ideologies embedded within discourses surrounding U.S. study abroad, specifically with regard to global citizenship. Drawing on existing literature and recent rhetoric promoting study abroad, it contextualizes contemporary U.S. study abroad from a critical perspective. Synthesizing the voices of critical scholars builds toward the need for intervention that intentionally incorporates critical pedagogies including decolonizing pedagogies and a focus on guided critical reflection and equitable interaction. This article includes a review of research focused on such critical frameworks in study abroad as a potential guide for study abroad educators and administrators to begin to reframe U.S. study abroad.


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Author Biography

Rhia Moreno, Augusta University

Rhia Moreno is assistant professor of educational research at Augusta University and has worked with study abroad programs across the last 15 years. Moreno’s research interests revolve around critical pedagogies and intervention practices in teaching and learning with a focus on language and “culture” in study abroad.


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How to Cite

Moreno, R. (2021). Disrupting Neoliberal and Neocolonial Ideologies in U.S. Study Abroad: From Discourse to Intervention . Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 33(2), 93–109. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v33i2.529