International Academic Advisors

Interested in pursuing a UCIS certificate or concentration? Students who wish to intensify their study of a world region should meet with one of our international advisors early in their academic career. This personalized advising helps to optimize study abroad opportunities and general education and foreign/cultural requirements. To arrange an advising appointment, please contact one of these international advisors.

African Studies Program

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Graduate
Macrina Lelei
Graduate Advisor
412-648-2058

Macrina Lelei received her education in Kenya, England and the United States. She has travelled to many countries in Africa and Europe. As an educator, she focuses on education and international development with research interest on issues of access and equity in education. She has a wealth of African Studies experience with an international outlook to life and enjoys working with students and nurturing their interests in international studies with a particular focus on Africa.

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Undergraduate
Ashley Saxe
Undergraduate Advisor

 

 

Asian Studies Center

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Undergraduate & Graduate
Emily Rook-Koepsel
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
412-648-7370

A course meant to fulfill gen. ed. requirements turned into a passion for South Asian history for Emily Rook-Koepsel. Almost two decades later, Emily has pushed herself to learn Hindi and Urdu, to earn a Ph.D. in South Asian History, and to travel extensively on the Indian subcontinent. Emily’s passion for Asia and openness to new opportunities and ideas allow her to work closely with students to help them create a plan for studying Asia that is right for them.

 

Center for Latin American Studies

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Undergraduate & Graduate
Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
412-648-7396

A native of Brazil, Luis started his undergraduate studies with an Asian Studies interest.  He went back to his roots when he came to the Center for Latin American Studies in 2000. Luis pursued his interest in non-profits and completed his Masters in Public Policy Management from GSPIA in 2012. While working at CLAS he developed a passion for working with students and is currently working on a doctorate in education, concentrating on Higher Education Management focusing on international students’ experience in higher education institutions.

Center for Russian & East European Studies

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Undergraduate & Graduate
Susan Dawkins
Academic Advisor
412-648-7403

 

 

European Studies Center

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Undergraduate
Steve Lund
Interim Associate Director
412-648-7422

Work and study abroad have taken Steve Lund to over 20 countries, so he understands the value of international studies.  He has pursued his research interests in Charles Dickens, world’s fairs and ocean liners to the UK, China and Italy, and he enjoys brainstorming with students about their own academic plans and goals.  With 20 years of work in student services, Steve can connect students to invaluable resources and opportunities both on and off campus.

 

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Graduate
Allyson Delnore
Associate Director
412-624-5404

Historian Allyson Delnore’s fluent French was invaluable for her research: the intersection of punishment and imperialism, particularly the creation of penal colonies at the periphery of the French empire. And passable German and Latin didn’t go astray. She lived and worked in France for three years, and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. Allyson has held faculty posts at Mississippi State and Marquette universities.

Global Studies Center

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Undergraduate & Graduate
Elaine Linn
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
412-648-2113

Elaine Linn knows most corners of the globe.  Egypt, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Argentina, South Africa, England, France, Mexico and Barbados were checked off her bucket list during a 30-year international education and development career.  Jordan is next... Elaine leads an Arabic instruction tour for K-12 educators in summer 2014.  Expect Elaine to provide tailored academic advice that sets students on a global-issues path.