Select TAM 2016-2018 Student Bios:

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.