A few of our CURRENT STUDENTS

View select student bios from our classes of 2018 and 2019! Coming from a variety of regions, backgrounds and disciplines, TAM students create a unique community focused on diverse topics related to Europe and the transatlantic relationship. Whether at UNC or abroad, students attest to the supportive and inclusive environment TAM fosters, and many graduates cite the community as one of the best aspects of the program.

2017-19

Jonathan Buechner

Jonathan is from​ Greensboro, NC. He graduated from UNC-CH in August 2017 with a BA in Contemporary European Studies (EURO) and a minor in French (5 year combined track EURO/TAM). He is pursuing the European Governance track and will study overseas in Barcelona, Spain. His research interests involve immigration and integration (primarily in France). He is interested in a career in public service after graduation. As a result of his Spanish and French background, he would love to find a way to combine the two into his research.

 

Brandon Bohrn

Brandon is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He majored in German and minored in Business Administration and Fine Arts. During the 2015-2016 year Brandon took part in the Fulbright Program in Germany. Additionally, he interned with the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf and U.S. Embassy Berlin. He is in TAM’s German-Turkish Track and will spend his time overseas at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Brandon’s research interests include Germany’s Turkish Diaspora, Turkey’s role in NATO, and third-generation Turkish-Germans.

 

Dila Cebeci

During Dila’s undergraduate studies she had the opportunity to spend an exchange year at Tufts University where she developed a special interest in international relations, specifically in transatlantic relations and politics. Combined with her experiences in the new media and perspectives she has due to her Turkish upbringing in a German environment, studying American Studies in Germany and the US, and finally the academic insights she will acquire through the TAM program, she aspires to become a press representative in an international/European organization cultivating efficient relationships. She looks forward to gaining insight into key European institutions and finding ways to create productive dialogues in areas of immigration policies, as well as international security and foreign policy. Dila will study overseas in Bath and Berlin.

 

 

 

Olivia Ding

Olivia graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a degree in International Relations- European Studies track and a minor in Germanics. During her undergraduate years, she spent some time at the Ruprecht-Karls Universitaet Heidelberg, and is looking forward to returning to Germany with TAM; her studies in the Transatlantic track will be taking her to the Humboldt and Freie Universities in Berlin. She has done some past research on memory politics/guilt in post-WW2 Scandinavia, and wrote her undergraduate thesis on a comparative analysis of certain small Eurozone states in regard to successes of sovereign states under a common currency. Generally speaking, she is currently interested in looking at the paths to integration for sovereign states operating under a supranational authority, with emphasis on very human factors- like memory.

Davis Ellison

Davis earned degrees in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in European Studies from Indiana University (IU) in December 2016. While at IU he developed a serious interest in national security and strategic affairs, which led him to pursue an internship at the Center on American and Global Security there. In his final summer as an undergraduate, he studied in London. Davis recently worked for the Institute for Defense and Business as a Program Associate. In the TAM Program, he will study overseas in Bath and Berlin. His research interests involve European defense policy, NATO, Cold War history, German and British foreign policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Katja Greeson

Katja graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. While there, she presented undergraduate research on the impact of youth voter turnout by comparing the generational and life cycle theories on how political attitudes are shaped. After graduating, Katja spent several years working in Washington, D.C. at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In her most recent role as Director of Marketing she led all of the DNC’s direct marketing fundraising efforts. Katja has chosen the European Governance track and will study in Barcelona in 2018-2019. Her research interests include comparative electoral systems and voting behavior, and she is eager to combine her practical experience in domestic politics with academic research in Chapel Hill and Barcelona.

 

 

 

Sarah Jennings

Sarah is a University of Virginia graduate, Class of 2017, though she grew up a Tar Heel in Washington, NC. At UVA, she majored in American Government and the Spanish language, and studied in both Córdoba, Argentina, and Valencia, Spain. She will be returning to Spain in 2018—Barcelona, rather than Valencia—for her second year in TAM’s European Governance Track. She is excited to shift her focus from the US to Europe, especially for the opportunity to research multiculturalism and migration across the Union.

Michelle Angeline Miller

Michelle is from Marco Island, Florida with stints in California, Missouri, Virginia, and Tenessee. In 2009, she graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Comparative Politics and French and commissioned into the Army. She spent eight years in the Army serving as a Human Resources Manager and later as a Civil Affairs Officer. Her deployments include Port au Prince, Haiti (2010), Arifjan, Kuwait (2011-2012), Mauritania (2015) and Ghana (2016). She continued independent study of French, African and European Studies.

Michelle is pursuing a Masters of the Arts degree in Transatlantic Studies (TAM Track 1) with subsequent study in France at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Politiques Grenoble). Her research interests include the North African diaspora in France and French-African relations. She was awarded the Foreign Language Area Studies scholarship for Arabic to assist her research. Michelle aspires to graduate in 2019 and continue higher education culminating in a doctoral degree in the field of international relations.

 

Dillon Ramos

Dillon Ramos is originally from Newman, CA. During fall semester his junior year in college, he studied abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. He graduated from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 2015 with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and a minor in Portuguese. Later that year he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he taught English with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport at a public, primary school. He is part of the Transatlantic Studies track and will study at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His research interests include the integration of the Iberian Peninsula into the EU, euroscepticism in non-EU European states, postcolonial relations with Latin America, and security in modern Europe.

Alexis Strang

Alexis is a student in TAM’s Turkish-German track. She graduated from UNC-CH in May 2017 with Global Studies and Anthropology majors, and a minor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. She plans to spend her first year of the TAM program in Chapel Hill, and her second year in Berlin, Germany, at Humboldt University.

In her undergraduate thesis, she worked with Professor Banu Gokariksel, researching the relationship between Turkish women’s magazines and broader economic, social, political, and religious changes in Turkey. For her Master’s research, she wants to explore the relationship between Turkey and Germany through an anthropological lens, focusing on identity, belonging, policy, and the future.

2016-18

Cory Breaux

Hi, my name is Cory Breaux and I am from Port Orange, Florida. I graduated in 2016 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a minor in Computer Science. While I was an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Lund, Sweden, where I became interested in the Nordic welfare states, particularly how they are affected by migration. I am also interested in questions surrounding the growth of populism (especially the rise of right-wing politics) and direct democracy. I have just completed by first overseas module in Bath and plan to intern in DC at the US Department of State this summer.

 

 

Callahan Hager

My name is Callahan Hager, and I was born and raised in the Tar Heel State. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a degree in international and environmental economics and spent time studying in Austria and Belgium as an undergraduate. After graduation, I worked in the financial sector for two years, with the majority of my experience spent as a stock surveillance analyst in Raleigh, NC. I chose to apply to the TAM program to further pursue my interests in international studies and make a career shift from finance to politics and policy. I was admitted to the European Governance track of the TAM program and plan to study in Bremen during my second year. My research interests include international environmental policy, politics in Eastern Europe, and EU-Middle East relations. So many topics covered in TAM classes interest me and I’m excited to learn more about current events taking shape abroad. This summer I’ll be in London interning with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

 

 

 

Trey Jackson

My name is Trey Jackson. My interests have always been focused on immigration, primarily that of musicians and their artistry. TAM will provide the means to connect my knowledge of diaspora and cultural transmission to the policies and political discourse that impact the lives of immigrants and their heritage. After graduating from UNC-CH with a degree in music composition and anthropology, I pursued an MMus in ethnomusicology at King’s College London. There, I specialized in the ethnographic analysis of West African music culture. In my continued studies, I aim to explore how EU and national immigration policies impact migrants from the MENA region and West Africa, and their music in turn. TAM’s European Governance track will take me to Barcelona to study immigration policy and hopefully engage with many of these migrants and their stories. I also intend to build upon my Arabic skills here at UNC-CH to enhance my ability to communicate with migrants from the MENA region. I look forward to an enlightening few years and a new political lens through which to consider the world around me. This summer I will be studying Arabic in Morocco on a US Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) award.

Dale Koch

My name is Dale Koch. A New Jersey transplant to North Carolina at the age of 12, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Economics at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. While attending Guilford, I spent a semester studying in Siena, Italy taking courses in Italian, art history, and the Political Economy of the Renaissance. I was drawn to TAM in part due to my experience abroad, as well as exposure to members of the Montagnard community on campus. Although I have continuing interest in returning to Siena as a TAM student, I elected to study abroad in Bremen during the 2017-18 academic year. Broadly, the welfare state is among my research interests, particularly in regard to universal basic income. This summer I am working at the UNC-CH Center for European Studies. I then plan to intern with the U.S. Department of State in Croatia.

 

Kate Rouleau

My name is Kate Rouleau. I graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a B.A. in International Politics (National Security focus), and two minors in History and Global Security. During my undergrad studies, I spent one semester in Washington, D.C. interning at a NGO dedicated to nuclear security issues. Immediately following graduation, I interned in the Humanitarian Assistance and Response Operations team at the U.S. Department of Defense. I worked as the Case Assistant for the Energy team in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm after college graduation. During TAM, I will be studying in Bath and Siena, concentrating my studies on national security. For now, I have not decided on a specific area to study, but I am interested in international security cooperation between governments and the relations between the public and private sector to achieve those ends.

 

Kate Throneburg

Kate Throneburg graduated from UNC-CH in 2011 with majors in History and Psychology. After graduation, she worked as an operations assistant for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, a field organizer for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Florida, a campaign fundraiser for Democratic Members in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and as Executive Assistant to U.S. Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) in his DC office. Kate has chosen the European Governance track and will be studying in Barcelona in the fall of 2017. Her research interests include migration, comparative politics (US/EU/Mercosur), campaign finance reform, and the intersection of technology, democracy, and demography. This summer she has a FLAS award to study Portuguese in Lisbon and will also intern at the U.S. Embassy there.

 

 

 

Nora Weber

My name is Nora Weber, and I am very excited to be joining the TransAtlantic Masters program at UNC this fall. I completed my undergraduate degree in German and English at the University of Michigan, and had the opportunity to study abroad in Tübingen, Germany, where my interest in exploring global relations and policy began. Following graduation, I taught English in Austria as a Fulbright USTA, and then moved to Boston where I worked in marketing analysis and strategy. While living in Boston, I became aware of the prevalence of illiteracy among adults in the U.S and worldwide, and passionate about studying the causes and possible responses to adult educational gaps. As a TAM student, I look forward to applying my professional experience while focusing my studies on comparative adult education models in the U.S. and Europe. During the second half of the program, I am particularly excited to continue this research in Bremen, Germany. Ultimately, I hope to conduct further research and inform policy related to adult education, to help make basic and continued adult education more accessible.