Kraemer, OSF, holds a doctorate in Public Policy Analysis from the University
of Illinois at Chicago. She has masters degrees from DePaul University
(Economics) and Washington University in St. Louis (Education - Social Studies),
and a bachelor’s degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee (History). Her research interests are in international
social economics (integral human development, micro-enterprise, low-income
housing) and the higher education of Hispanics.
recently completed two terms of leadership of the U.S. Province of her international
religious congregation, the School Sisters of St. Francis, and a year
facilitating evaluation and planning for six educational and service
institutions in Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. She serves on the U.S. Province
Finance Committee and the Alverno College Board of Trustees, both in Milwaukee.
Her prior work has been in higher education: Founder and director of a Center
for the Study of Religious Life at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago;
visiting assistant professor in the School of Public Service at De Paul; and, Associate
Dean of Faculty at St. Augustine College, a bilingual college for Hispanics in
Chicago. She has also taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Barbara
participates with the Hispanic immigrant community in support of comprehensive
immigration reform legislation, and serves as a bilingual facilitator and
translator for international meetings. Earlier Barbara worked in Honduras and
Nicaragua, developing and teaching courses for leaders of church communities.