About Us

Nigel Boyle, Ph.D.

Nigel Boyle is the Associate Dean for Global and Local Programs, Director of the Institute for Global Local Action and Study (IGLAS), and he holds the IGLAS Chair in Political Studies.

Nigel has been a professor at Pitzer since 1992, including a term as Dean of Faculty 2015-19.  He was a Fulbright Global Scholar in 2019-20 (in Vietnam, Pakistan and Germany – foreshortened by the covid crisis).  He has been Pitzer’s Fulbright advisor for most of the last 20 years.  Nigel is the architect of the Claremont colleges‘ Justice Education initiative, including the largest concentration of “inside out” courses (incarcerated and outside students taught in the same classes) in the US.

As founding Director of the Institute for Global Local Action and Study, Nigel has worked to integrate Pitzer’s renowned study abroad and community engagement programs to help students address Pitzer’s four core educational requirements: local and global intercultural understanding, and social justice theory and practice.


Sandy Hamilton

Sandy Hamilton, M.A., Ed.

Associate Director, Office of Fellowships & Scholarships
Senior Administrator, Institute for Global/Local Action & Study

Ms. Hamilton received her BA from Pitzer College as a First-Gen New Resources student and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University. She began her career at Pitzer in 1987 working in the Dean of Faculty’s office, where she performed such functions as faculty assistant, managing the instructional budget, compiling the Pitzer catalogue and curriculum, serving as Dean of Faculty rep to the Curriculum Committee and Campus Life Committee, as well as Associate Director of Institutional Research. In 2012, when the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships became a part of the Institute for Global-Local Action and Studies (IGLAS), she became the Associate Director and Senior Administrator for IGLAS. Her avocation is volunteering in the community with her Norwich terriers that are certified as therapy and Reading Education Assistance Dogs. She has spent many hours going to nursing homes, reading at the local library where children come and read to the dogs and de-stressing days for students at local colleges before finals.
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