CO-CHAIRS

Faustine Colin is a second-year Master’s candidate at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown studying German and European Studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Central Connecticut State University and studied archaeology at La Sorbonne in Paris. Faustine is currently interning for the United Nations Information Center in Washington D.C. She worked at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City and spent the past summer working at the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund.

Pete Giannino is a second-year Master’s candidate in the German & European Studies program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service who is also pursuing a certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. He is interested in energy and security and how the intersection of these two sectors shape foreign policy, especially with regards to the United States, the European Union, and Russia. He recently interned with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the Office of South Central Europe.This past summer, Pete interned with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, where he focused on civil nuclear energy. Pete graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2010 and is also a former Fulbright scholar, and worked for five years in international business prior to enrolling at Georgetown. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Ricky Bordelon is currently a second-year master’s student in the German and European Studies program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on the media, cultural, and environmental history of European nuclear disasters, specifically the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. At Georgetown, he works as a research assistant for Dr. Anna von der Goltz, supporting her new book project on West German conservative students during the 1968 student movement. He has also worked in public history as an educational intern at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Prior to attending Georgetown, Ricky completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bamberg, Germany. For his undergraduate studies, Ricky attended Fordham University and received degrees in History and Political Science. He speaks German and reads Russian.

Sarah Gallagher is a first-year Master’s candidate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the German and European Studies Program. She is interested in diplomacy and transatlantic relations between the United States and European Union. Prior to attending Georgetown, she graduated from the Honors Program at Boston College in 2013, with a double major in Political Science and German Studies. She was a Fulbright scholar from 2013-2014 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and subsequently worked in Düsseldorf as a planning analyst for TJX Inc. In 2015, she returned to the States where she worked for two years in corporate Buying and Planning at Bloomingdales in Manhattan. She speaks French and German.

Tim Kloeppel is a second year graduate student in the German and European Studies (MAGES) program with a research focus on contemporary populism in Germany. He is interested particularly in the rise of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and the reasons for its recent electoral successes. Tim obtained his B.A. in International Studies and German from Allegheny College in 2015, whereafter he worked in mortgage banking in Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, lifting weights, reading, and traveling.

Strahinja Matejic is a first year Master’s candidate in the German and European Studies program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service,  and a candidate for the Diplomatic Studies honors certificate. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, he is a recent graduate from Grinnell College, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and German. He gained further academic experience as a DAAD scholar in Heidelberg and Humboldt Universities in Germany, as well as in Liden and Denz International School in Moscow. His professional experience includes internship in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as a part of the Permanent Mission of Serbia; Project Director’s aide in a peace-building NGO in North Kosovo; and Director’s Assistant in the Center for Foreign Policy, a think tank in Belgrade. His is primarily interested in diplomacy in post-conflict environments, peace mediation, and foreign policy of post-communist states in transition.

HOSPITALITY TEAM

Meghan Boroughs is a second year master’s student at the Center for German and European Studies, with certificate programs in Diplomatic Studies and Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. In MAGES, she studies EU communications, and hopes to go into the comms field after graduation. Meghan is an avid theater fan and a proud member of the TAPS hospitality team for two years running!

Thomas Flanagan comes from Montana and is a first year Masters student in German and European Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and German from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington in 2014. During his time there, he studied abroad for a year in Turku, Finland, at the Åbo Akademi University, where he took classes in German, Finnish, Swedish, and political science. After completing his undergraduate degree he worked in Germany as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. He then interned in Berlin at Global Bridges, e.V, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on building connections between countries of geostrategic importance, political camps, cultures and young leaders and senior executives. Before coming to Washington, D.C., he worked as an international flight attendant for Lufthansa in Frankfurt am Main.  

Amélie Lohmann is a second year graduate student at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Taking over the chapter in spring 2017, Amélie is currently the President of the European Horizons Chapter at Georgetown. Her interests in European affairs and transatlantic cooperation also stem from her background:  she is French, German and American. She completed her undergraduate degree in Konstanz, Germany, majoring in politics and public administration. She has worked twice at NATO, once with the German Military Representation to NATO and the EU and once with the Policy Planning Unit in the Private Office of the Secretary General. Her current academic focus is on transatlantic foreign and security policy and immigration in Europe.

Amanda Thoet is a second year in the M.A. in German and European Studies Program and is also pursuing Graduate Certificates in Diplomatic Studies and in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. In addition, she works as a Program Officer at the German American Business Council and is a Georgetown Women in International Affairs Council Member. Amanda also currently serves as an ISD Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Over the past two years, she has completed internships at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Denver, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations in D.C., and at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. For her undergraduate studies, Amanda attended The Pennsylvania State University, followed by a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Leipzig, Germany.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Colleen Kim is a second year Master’s candidate at Georgetown University in the German and European Studies program with a concentration in postwar German cultural history. She studied English literature and Speech-Language-Hearing Science at the University of Minnesota, where she also minored in German. Before attending Georgetown, Colleen spent two years working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany, living in Bonn and Cologne. At Georgetown, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Richard Kuisel, supporting his work on an article about Americanization in Europe. She also spent the summer in Hamburg, Germany, conducting archival research about West Germany’s first cooking show.

Shiyu (Jenny) Liang is a senior undergraduate student at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University majoring in International Politics with a concentration on International Law. She is also pursuing a certificate on International Development. Coming from Shanghai, China, Jenny speaks Mandarin, German and French. She is interested in the intersection of international law, politics, and international development, and hopes to connect China, the U.S., and Europe in those fields. She has completed internships at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the Brookings Institution Center on the U.S. and Europe. She also spent the spring semester of her junior year in Berlin at Humboldt University, during which time she interned at the Berlin Policy Journal under the German Council on Foreign Relations. She is now applying to law schools in the U.S. to further study international arbitration and dispute settlement.

Lauren Schwartz is a second-year Master’s student in the German and European Studies program at the Wash School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She spent the fall 2017 semester at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and holds a degree in German literature from Princeton University, with minors in European Cultural Studies and Visual Art. Lauren has completed internships at various political and cultural organizations in Berlin, including the German Bundestag and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She has conducted research projects on federalism, German Constitutional history, American election law, and is currently researching the denazification of places in the postwar Allied occupation of Germany.

Bolton Smith is a second-year Master’s candidate in the German & European Studies program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His major research areas are regional policy in the EU and how it relates to integration as well as security politics in the EU. Bolton graduated from the Davidson College in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and German Studies. He has recently presented his bachelor’s thesis research on the german Rote Armee Fraktion and its doctrine at the German Studies Association Conference in October 2017. This summer, Bolton interned with the U.S. Department of State in the Office European Union and Regional Affairs.

PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH TEAM

Robert Cesar is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program, and a candidate in the International Business Diplomacy honors certificate. His academic and professional interests revolve around strategy and management consulting, international finance, political and corporate risk, and energy. He currently works in Compliance Research at Kroll Associates, and also worked on a field study with PwC’s People & Organization practice. He spent the summer working as a Summer Associate in Global Client Management at the Bank of New York Mellon’s Frankfurt office. Robert received his undergraduate degree in Political Economy and German from Bates College, and originally comes from Nitra, Slovakia. He speaks Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, German, and Russian.

Sarah Lawton is a first-year Master’s Candidate in the German and European Studies program and is pursuing a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Sarah holds a B.A. in International Relations and German Studies from Tufts University and also studied Political Science at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. Sarah currently works as a research assistant to Dr. Abraham Newman, aiding in his research on international global financial regulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and worldwide investor visa programs. She has additional professional experience working as a teaching assistant at a bilingual private school in Frankfurt, Germany and has completed internships at Berkeley Research Group and the World Trade Centre Dublin.

Julian Müller-Kaler is a Fulbright-Schuman scholar and first year graduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in German and European Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Administration and International Relations from Zeppelin University, a small liberal arts college in the south of Germany. Throughout his undergraduate education, Julian has focused on American politics, the rise of populism, and its implications on the transatlantic relationship, while also studying in Guangzhou, China and Washington, DC. Furthermore, he served as president of the Club of International Politics, a student-run non-profit organization with more than 200 members and interned at the German Bundestag, the political affairs department of Deutsche Bahn AG, and the German Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sam Denney is a second-year master’s candidate studying German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to attending Georgetown University, Sam received his bachelor’s degree in German and European Studies from Vanderbilt University. Sam is currently interning at the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC. Previously, Sam completed internships with the European Affairs office at the State Chancellery of North Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC; and the Committee on Affairs of the European Union in the German Bundestag. While at Georgetown University, he also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Abraham Newman in his research on international financial regulation. He speaks German and French.

LOGISTICS TEAM

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