People

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
Professor, V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies
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Dr. Nabhan-Warren is passionate about teaching and research and finds both vocations to be mutually informing and inspiring. In both the classroom and in her scholarly work, she focuses on the lived, daily experiences of American Christians and their communities. She loves to teach, and enjoys the challenge of making the academic study of religion relevant and exciting to students. She strives to get them to the point where they care more about understanding and empathizing with others' beliefs and practices than when they entered the class. She aims to make her classes learning communities where the professor and students learn as much from the assigned texts—printed, aural, and digital—as they do from each other's perspectives and analyses.
Lindsay Vella

Lindsay Vella, M.F.A.

Title/Position
Administrator, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs (Interim)
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Lindsay Vella is the Interim Departmental Administrator for the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.
Ari Ariel

Ari Ariel, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, International Studies
Associate Professor of Instruction, International Studies & History
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Dr. Ari Ariel's research focuses on Jewish communities in the Arab world and Mizrahi communities in Israel. His interests include ethnic, national, and religious identities, migration, and foodways. He regularly teaches World Events Today and Designing an International Studies Project, as well as courses on the Middle East, Jewish History and Food Studies.
Kelly Bedeian

Kelly Bedeian

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Adjunct Instructor
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Kelly Bedeian is the Assistant Director and Grant Administrator for the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business. Kelly teaches IS:2500 Working Internationally. 
Brett Cloyd

Brett Cloyd, M.A.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
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Brett Cloyd is the Social Sciences and Public Policy Librarian at the University of Iowa and teaches IS:3011 Global Research: Strategies and Skills.
Meredith Gall

Meredith Mahy Gall, M.S.

Title/Position
Academic Advisor
Adjunct Instructor
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Meredith Mahy Gall is the academic advisor for International Studies. In addition, she teaches IS:1000 - Designing Your International Studies Major.  Meredith was a Peace Corps Volunteer and is always happy to chat about her experiences in Botswana.
Peter Gerlach

Peter Gerlach, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Dr. Peter Gerlach is the Summer Institute Coordinator at the International Writing Program and teaches IS:3012 Community-Engaged Learning in International Studies and IS:2020 World Events.
Sunday Goshit

Sunday Goshit, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Dr. Sunday Goshit moved to Iowa from Jos Nigeria in 2000 to pursue a PhD in Geography. His first love in research and academics crosses the boundaries of physical geography with an emphasis in synoptic climatology, environmental planning, and information science. He is interested in the environmental impacts of climate variability and change.
Amanda McFadden

Amanda McFadden, M.S.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
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Amanda McFadden is the Director for Academic Programs & International Services in the Pomerantz Career Center. She teaches IS:2500 Working Internationally. 
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Lexy Winecke

Title/Position
International Studies Student Ambassador
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Lexy Winecke has been the IS Student Ambassador since 2019 and promotes the International Studies Program on campus.
Mike Zmolek

Michael Žmolek, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
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Dr. Žmolek teaches History and International Studies. His research has focused on understanding the history of the development of capitalism. He is specifically interested in how English enclosures have been emulated throughout the world and how this relates to issues in international development and environmental challenges.