Zaneta Janiczak

Żaneta Janiczak-Serafico

Ph.D. Candidate


Advisor: Paul Starrs

Research Interests

Human Geography, Development, Microfinance, Gender and Empowerment

Żaneta has ten years of experience in international student marketing, recruitment, and admissions counseling. She worked extensively with diverse populations in the US and in foreign markets through short-term work assignments in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Żaneta collaborated with the US Consulates and Embassies and EducationUSA Advisers overseas for the purpose of gathering data on current educational trends and to extend the organization's global reach. She is experienced in analyzing global and academic trends to target specific demographics. Demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate and lead success while maintaining a high level of independent thinking. She is skilled in conflict mediation and resolution, and intercultural communication across diverse cultures. 

Dissertation Title: Empowerment of Filipino Women Through Microfinance

Żaneta's research is focused on microfinancing as a  socio-economic development strategy in developing countries. Concentrated on the issues of  globalization, development, gender roles, population migration and cultural identities, research  will explore what role does microfinance play in empowering women in the Philippines. 

She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Human Geography focusing on micro-financing, globalization, international development, gender and empowerment of women for the purpose of applying her professional experience along with her academic credentials to the causes of social and economic development and advancement of societies around the world.


  • M.A., Intercultural Relations, University of the Pacific, 2011
  • B.A., Journalism (Minor: Geography), University of Nevada, Reno, 2001