John D. Stephens
Gerhard E. Lenski, Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology | UNC-Chapel Hill
PhD in Political Science | Yale University
BA in Social Relations | Harvard College
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Kathleen Shanahan Lindner
MA in TransAtlantic Studies | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
BA in International Studies, German | UNC-Chapel Hill
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Associate Director, TransAtlantic Masters Program
PhD in Comparative Literature | UNC-Chapel Hill
BA in Comparative Literature | Columbia College, Columbia University
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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!
International Education Program Coordinator
MA in European-American Studies | Universität Regensburg
BA in International Studies, German | The University of Alabama
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She’s an avid Model European Union (MEU) participant and organizer. She participated in MEU Mainz 2017, the inaugural MEU Scotland 2017, MEU Brussels 2018, and was part of the organizing team for the inaugural MEU Paris 2018.
In addition, Allison has interned with the Atlantic Academy in Kaiserslautern, Germany, volunteered for the Federation of German-American Clubs, and interned with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C., and the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. She speaks fluent German and beginner Turkish.
Favorite European food: Spaghetti Eis (German ice cream treat that looks like Spaghetti)
Favorite thing about CES: The amazing opportunities it offers students, and also teachers, to bring a little bit of Europe to North Carolina.
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Global experience: Apart from a brief study tour in High School to the UK & Ireland (I think it was like 2 weeks?), most of my experience with Europe has been in Slovakia. I was fortunate enough to get an internship at a non-profit guest house in rural Slovakia (very rural – the village I was in had probably 20 people). The house catered to other non-profit workers throughout Europe – primarily Easter Europe. Many of the guests were American/Canadian expats but we also had visitors who were native to the region. It was interesting to get to learn about their work, especially those working with “outsider” groups like the Roma.
Prior work: I came to CES from the National Park Service at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Ocracoke Island), though I worked much longer at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
Favorite thing about CES: My favorite thing about CES is definitely the students. Our team is pretty awesome too, but all the students I’ve met have been so eager to both see and take on the world in equal measure. It’s hard not to like that determined optimism.
BA in Global Studies & Geography | UNC-Chapel Hill
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Student Services Manager
BA in Education | UNC-Chapel Hill
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I studied abroad in the Spring of 2019 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. My favorite class while studying there was Sociology of Education. I loved the weekly small group discussion where I listened and learned about the varying education experiences from students all across Europe. During my time abroad, I was fortunate enough to travel to 15 countries, but her favorite trip was in Scotland hiking Isle of Skye.
Prior work: I joined CES after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in May of 2021 with a BA in Education majoring in Human Development & Family Studies. While at UNC, I worked at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center teaching STEM-based curriculum to local elementary and middle school students.
Favorite European food: Borscht – an Ukranian beet soup with beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and carrots. It is also popular in Russian and Polish cuisine.