John D. Stephens, Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology; Director, Center for European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, and Trans-Atlantic Masters program; received his B.A. (1970) from Harvard University and his Ph.D. (1976) from Yale University. His main interests are comparative politics and political economy, with area foci on Europe, the Antipodes, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He teaches European politics and the political economy of advanced industrial societies. He is the author of The Transition from Capitalism to Socialism (1979) and coauthor of Democratic Socialism in Jamaica (with Evelyne Huber, 1986), Capitalist Development and Democracy (with Evelyne Huber and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, 1992; Outstanding Book Award, Political Sociology Section, ASA), Development and Crisis of the Welfare State (with Evelyne Huber, 2001; Best Book Award, Political Economy Section, APSA), and Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America (with Evelyne Huber, 2012, Outstanding Book Award, Sociology of Development Section, ASA; Best Book Award, Political Economy of the World System Section, ASA). He has also contributed articles to, among others, The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, The British Journal of Sociology, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and World Politics. He is currently working on a study of social investment policy in Europe and Latin America.
Katie Lindner joined us in 2015 from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where she spent many years managing and organizing programs including TAM, Euromasters, German-Turkish Masters as well as the international doctoral program at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences. She focused on such aspects as program development, student and career services, international recruitment, and collaboration with international partners. Katie has a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Trans-Atlantic Studies (TAM Program) from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before moving to Berlin, she worked at the International Visitors Council in RTP, which is where she discovered her love of organizing programs and international education. In 2015, she moved back to Chapel Hill with her husband and three children after sixteen years in Berlin, and has been enjoying the North Carolina sunshine immensely.
Inspiration: The creativity, drive, and the accomplishments of the TAM students and grads. I know it sounds cheesy-fake, but it's true.
In free time: I love to hike with my husband, daughter, and our three dogs.
Committed to: the inter-institutional partnerships and experiential learning involved in TAM. The opportunities TAM provides to young people are life-changing, and it is fascinating to be involved in such an innovative international educational project. I love working with the TAM applicants, students and alumni!
Inspiration: Connecting international events and concepts to local communities in NC. UNC has given many enriching, practical and affordable international opportunities to people like myself who otherwise may not have had them- it feels great to give back to others!
In free time: I eat – seriously. I consider myself a big foodie and love cooking and baking. I try to pick up new recipes and ideas every time I travel somewhere new.
Part of CES because: Global education is critical to professional and personal development of all students whether they study abroad or stay on campus. Our particular area focus of Europe is crucial because so many current developments in higher education, international politics and economic innovation are happening in Europe. Our transatlantic partnerships are some of the oldest and most robust. I am honored to be a small part of keeping those collaborations strong. While I am happy to support all international and European endeavors, I have a penchant for language and literature learning and love using those skills.
Inspiration: The dedication of students, staff & faculty to global education at UNC.
In free time: I explore urban landscapes and their online equivalents.
Part of CES because: Global education is a fantastic way to promote international cooperation and intercultural understanding, and I am proud to support it. I have always been interested in the historical Europe that shaped the US in so many ways, and the myriad of cultures and geographies within Europe today.