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Allyson Delnore is the Interim Director of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the History Department.  She is a specialist in modern European history, with a focus on France and the French overseas empire.  She spent three years living, researching, and teaching in Lyon, Paris, and Nice, France, and does her best to keep her two young sons interested in learning foreign languages and exploring other cultures.  Though she has now settled in Pittsburgh, PA with her attorney husband, she grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and has also lived in California, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Alabama. (*Allyson will be joining the June 12th and June 19th cohorts.)


Samantha Moik is the Engagement Coordinator of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to coordinating the annual Brussels-Lux Summer Study Tour for Educators, she is responsible for the Center’s various outreach initiatives, including Model EU simulations and collaborative projects with Pitt’s University Center for International Studies (UCIS).  Sam has a B.A. in German and International Studies from Allegheny College and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. (*Sam will be joining the June 19th and June 26th cohorts.)


Iris Matijevic is the Activities, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for the logistics of our lecture series and conferences, in addition to managing ESC grant competitions. Iris holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and has recently completed her Master of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. (*Iris will be joining the June 26th cohort.)



Kayla Bassett joined the UNC Center for European Studies after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in May of 2021 with a BA in Education. While at UNC, she studied abroad in the Spring of 2019 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. During her time abroad, she was fortunate enough to travel to 15 European countries thus sparking her interest in European Studies. At CES, Kayla aids in advising and program planning for the EURO major and TAM program, and she is also the advisor for the UNC Model EU team. (*Kayla will be joining the June 26th cohort.)



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 Master’s 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 with her husband and three children after sixteen years in Berlin and enjoys spending time with her family in the sunshine. (*Katie will be joining the June 12th and June 19th cohorts.)


Victoria Voss is the Business Manager at the Center for European Studies at UNC. As the business manager, she coordinates administrative, financial and personnel duties. Victoria holds a B.A. in Public Policy from UNC. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Victoria enjoys playing board games, social dancing, and spending time outdoors. (*Victoria will be joining the June 19th cohort.)



NOTE:  Information about COVID-19-related requirements and precautions are continually updating.  As of 7 March 2022, Belgian officials have upgraded the public health status to yellow and discontinued the requirement for a Covid Safe Ticket.  The information at the links below will be updated, but please look at the dates on the document to determine how recent the update was.  Be sure to monitor your email for the latest changes. 

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