Oliver Keels

Educational Background

BA – Classical Civilizations and German, Berea College

MA – Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky

PhD (Expected 2024) – Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota


Oliver Keels is a general lecturer for Wenzhou Kean University’s College of Liberal Arts. Prior to working at WKU, he served as the Director of Student Services and Lecturer for the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. There, he was the primary resource for students for non-academic services at AUIS and a lecturer in Economics. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Oliver received his BA from Berea College in Classical Civilizations and German and his MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development Education.

Research interests

Internationalization in Global Higher Education

Global citizenship and international student mobility

Education for displaced persons


HIST1062 Worlds of History – Traditions and Encounters

PS1010 – Introduction to Politics

PS2300 – Introduction to Comparative Politics

PS2400 – Introduction to International Relations

PS3240 – Theories of International Relations