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Steve Lund is the Assistant Director of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 2004. Specializing in academic advising and program development, his recent efforts include new undergraduate programs in Transatlantic Studies and European & Eurasian Studies. Steve has also developed programs in historic preservation, pre medicine, and Irish Studies. Steve has a BA in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include ocean liners, mid-20th century film production, and world’s fairs (which means he always enjoys Brussels). He has had the pleasure of working and/or traveling in 28 countries. Prior to Pittsburgh, Steve was a third grade teacher in Los Angeles.   

Katie Shanahan Lindner is the Executive Director of the Center for European Studies at UNC. Before joining the Center in 2015, she spent many years at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin managing and organizing programs including the TransAtlantic Masters Program, Euromasters, the 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 and German from UNC Chapel Hill and an MA in Trans-Atlantic Studies (TAM Program) from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before TAM, she worked at the International Visitors Council in RTP, which is where she discovered her love of organizing programs and international education. She moved back to Chapel Hill last year with her husband and three children after sixteen years in Berlin and enjoys spending time with her family in the sunshine.

Bridget McMahon is the Operations Manager for European Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is the coordinator for the Center’s K-14 outreach, event, and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) programs. She earned her BA in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Certificates in European Studies and Classics and received her MA in Museum & Artefact Studies from Durham University in the UK.




Jeff Pennington is executive director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and former co-director of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Jeff has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in East European studies from Indiana University Bloomington. Over the past thirty years he has lived extensively in a number of places, including two years in Hungary, five years in Romania, and six years in Japan. He's served as a study tour leader to Brussels on six occasions, so he's somewhat familiar with the city and the EU institutions. In addition, his hobby is trains and transport, so if you have a question about how to get from one point to another, he just might have an answer. 


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