People

Gerald J. Jogerst

Gerald J. Jogerst

I am a family physician and geriatrician who has worked with colleagues in Russia since 1994, establishing a family medicine residency in1997 through USAID funding. Initially with the Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies and now with the Northwestern Medical University in St Petersburg we have collaborated on teaching and research activities with a focus on geriatric medicine. Published research included comparative studies among US, Russian, Korean and Indian cohorts about late life depression, functioning and palliative care.
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Anita Jung

Over a thirty-year career, Anita Jung’s work has been curated into well over two hundred group and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. She has given lectures at over fifty universities, art centers and community centers in the past five-years. She is an alumni of the Arizona State University’s BFA program in painting and drawing and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the graphic arts. Anita is a professor at the University of Iowa. Her work has been featured in over fifty solo exhibitions. She is a frequent traveler to India. She is a recipient of the The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship.
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Jiyeon Kang

Title/Position
Communication Studies, University of Iowa
Some of her research interests include South Korean youth and politics and civic use of internet.
Daniel Khalastchi

Daniel Khalastchi

Title/Position
Director, Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing
Anne Kiche

Anne Kiche

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor, Global Health Studies
Dr. Kiche's global health interests include education and global health, and the connection between migration, diversity, and pandemics on both the physical and mental health of populations. Life experiences from living in Kenya and the U.S. have invaluably informed her teaching and research in global health. She has held various leadership roles in the African immigrant and refugee communities in Linn and Johnson counties of Iowa and is committed to the promotion of their health. She teaches courses on U.S. immigrant and refugee health, pandemics and mental health, and mental health in diverse societies.
Charles Kim

Charles Kim

Title/Position
History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Cultural history of modern Korean society. His research and teaching interests include narratives, memory, media, social relations, and Cold War/post-Cold War culture
Hanmee Kim

Hanmee Kim

Her research interests are U.S.-Korea diplomatic/cultural/intellectual interactions, 1866-1965, Korean American students, 1884-1960, and “Americanism” in East Asia, 1920-1945.
Ann Knudson

Ann Knudson

Title/Position
Grants Administrator
International Programs
Teresa Kout

Teresa Kout

Title/Position
Participant Services Coordinator
Study Abroad
Marie Kruger

Marie Kruger

Marie Kruger is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches classes in postcolonial and gender studies. Her monograph, Women’s Literature in Kenya and Uganda: The Trouble with Modernity, draws attention to fictional works that constitute a vital, yet often overlooked part of the cultural and creative exchanges in Eastern Africa. Her work has been published in several edited volumes and literary journals, including English Studies in Africa, African Studies, Research in African Literatures, Postcolonial Text, Swahili Forum, and The Nairobi Journal of Literature. Together with Mildred Mortimer and Maureen Eke, she co-edited a special issue of Research in African Literatures on “Memory/History, Violence and Reconciliation.” Her current project studies the representation and commodification of traumatic memory in South African visual culture, including film and memorial sites.
Kirsten Kumpf Baele

Kirsten E. Kumpf Baele

Title/Position
Director, Anne Frank Initiative
Lecturer, German
Kirsten E. Kumpf Baele is director of the Anne Frank Initiative and a faculty member in the Department of German. Kumpf Baele holds a PhD in German. Some of Kumpf Baele’s recent articles have been published by Amsterdam University Press, Utah Foreign Language Review, LIT Verlag, McFarland, and Bloomsbury. Child and youth voices and agency (placemaking, opposition, and peacemaking), trees in literature and the arts, and the making of cultural icons drive her scholarship and teaching In 2022, Kumpf Baele’s application brought the 13th Anne Frank Sapling in the United States to the University of Iowa. This award resulted in a year-long series of campus and community events which included the Provost’s Global Forum “Teaching Anne Frank” for which she was a grant co-recipient and the April 29, 2022 planting ceremony on the UI Pentacrest. She is currently serving as co-editor of and contributing author to the volume Teaching Anne Frank & Other Difficult Life Stories. Kumpf Baele’s newest research projects look at adolescents’ diaristic modes of writing through the lens of ecobiography. A part of this undertaking intends to shed light on a specific youth correspondence project—an international postcard-writing initiative in connection with a newly acquired rail car at the Danville Station in Danville, Iowa that builds on the 1929 letter exchange between Anne Frank and Iowa youth, Juanita Wagner. In the classroom, Kumpf Baele is committed to combining learning goals and community service projects in ways that enrich student growth and the common good. In this sense, her focus on community engagement draws parallels with and calls attention to the “helper figure” (the upstander).
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Catherine Lammert

Dr. Catherine Lammert is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language and Literacy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Her dissertation titled Inquiry, Advocacy, and Practice-Based Research: Transformative Possibilities in Literacy Preservice Teacher Education explored ways to design and scale programs that support new teachers' racial literacy. Her current scholarship focuses on activist literacy teaching across the disciplines and teacher adaptiveness.
Alexa Lavin

Alexa Lavin

Title/Position
HR Associate
International Programs
Douglas Lee

Douglas Lee

Title/Position
Assistant Provost
International Programs
Hua Wei (Gary) Lee

Hua Wei (Gary) Lee

Title/Position
Friends Without Borders
International Student & Scholar Services
Ana Laura Leyser

Ana Laura Leyser

Title/Position
Student Intern, Anne Frank Initiative
Ana Laura Leyser is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying biomedical sciences on the pre-medical track. She is originally from Brazil but has lived in Iowa City for 6 years. Ana grew up going to a Jewish school in Rio de Janeiro where she had her Bat-mitzvah, and in Iowa City, she engaged with the Agudas Achim Congregation while in high school. In college, Ana became a student leader at Iowa Hillel by working at the front desk and participating as an on-campus Emerson Fellow for Stand with Us. She became passionate about Anne Frank after attending the tree planting ceremony in 2021 and learning about Anne in the Anne Frank and Her Story course, which she will be helping with as an Honors Teaching Practicum Student in the spring of 2024. Ana Laura is excited to work with other staff members as a student intern, share her experiences, and bring a new student perspective to the AFI.
Shuhui Lin

Shuhui Lin

Title/Position
Coordinator
International Student Support & Engagement
Splitting her time between ISSS and the Multicultural & International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE), Lin focuses on the support and retention of international students who encounter academic difficulty and supports international student engagement across campus. Lin provides assistance in following up with potentially at-risk students identified in the Excelling@Iowa survey or who are flagged for academic probation or poor progress at midterms and conducts assessments for international students. She also work with international student organizations, and with the MISSE to promote international student inclusion in student organization and activities. Lin earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, and Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. She is from Guangzhou, China, speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and is now learning Korean.
Dongwang Liu

Dongwang Liu

Title/Position
Incoming Student Support Associate
International Student & Scholar Services
Associate Director, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies
Dongwang Liu serves as Associate Director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology. He is assisting ISSS as a liaison for newly admitted students, helping support our pre-arrival webinars and taking on some orientation coordination duties. Dongwang earned his doctorate degree in human development and family studies at Iowa State University. He taught English as second language in China for seven years before his graduate study in the U. S. He is an all-weather bike rider and table tennis player.
Leslie Locke

Leslie Locke

My research interests include leadership for justice and equity, schooling for students from systemically marginalized groups, equity-oriented education policy, and qualitative methodologies. My international teaching and research experience includes a Fulbright in Mexico, studying the perceptions and experiences of teachers and students in public schools.
Megan Logan

Megan Logan

Title/Position
Enrollment Coordinator
Study Abroad
Waltraud Maierhofer

Waltraud Maierhofer

I am a professor of German and in the Global Health Studies program. I share with Dr. Kumpf Baele a deep interest in diversity and inclusion issues and teaching related courses at the UI, in my case on the representation of disabled persons and on "witch" hunts. I was the primary mentor and applicant for the Provost's Global Forum award which resulted in the "Teaching Anne Frank" events on campus in March 2022 and am working with Dr. Kumpf Baele on turning select presentations and new contributions into a book.
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Luis Martin-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture and visual studies. He is the Managing Editor of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online. Among other recognitions, Martín-Estudillo has received the 2009-2010 Collegiate Teaching Award, the 2011-2013 Dean's Scholar Award, and three awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His latest books are The Rise of Euroskepticism: Europe and Its Critics in Spanish Culture (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018), winner of an NEH Open Book Award in 2020, and Despertarse de Europa. Arte, literatura, euroescepticismo (Cátedra, 2019). His current projects include a monograph on Francisco de Goya's treatment of reading.
Roberta Montemorra Marvin

Roberta Montemorra Marvin

Marvin has published widely on Italian opera of the nineteenth century, especially the music of Verdi and Rossini, focusing on cultural and social history, as well as textual criticism. Her work touches more specifically on topics including censorship, celebrity, performance practices, dissemination and reception of foreign opera in Britain, opera and print culture, operatic burlesques, iconography of singers in Victorian illustrated newspapers, and music during World War II. Co-editor of seven books (the most recent being Music in World War II: Coping with Wartime in Europe and the United States), she is also sole editor of The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia. In addition, Dr. Marvin is series editor for Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera and Associate General Editor for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, the award-winning critical edition of the composer’s music.
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Elizabeth Menninga

I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Iowa. I received my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, specializing in International Relations and Political Methodology. My primary substantive research agenda focuses on the effectiveness of international mediation in intrastate wars. Other current projects explore the evolution of cooperation between combatants in civil wars.
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Christopher Merrill

I am a poet, nonfiction writer, translator, and editor, and much of my work concerns my travels abroad. I have written books on the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the wars of succession in the former Yugoslavia, and the spiritual home of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. As director of the International Writing Program, I have undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. And every fall I have the good luck to host thirty-some distinguished poets and writers from around the world.
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Kristine Muñoz

Kristine L. Muñoz received Ph.D in 1989 from the University of Washington and has been at the University of Iowa since 1995. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia for close to 40 years, focusing first on personal relationships and persuasion and more recently on counter-narratives of Medellín intended for public humanities audiences and objectives (see https//medellin.lib.uiowa.edu) . She received a Fulbright research and teaching award for Spring, 2022 to collaborate with colleagues at the Universidad de Antioquia to study a government-mandated peace course taught in public and private schools. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches courses on the history and culture of Medellín, culture, language and health, storytelling, and health narratives.
Jeff Murray

Jeff Murray

I was trained in Pediatrics and genetics and have been on the Faculty since 1984. My clinical work was in caring for newborns and families with inherited disorders, I held appointments in the CCOM, CPH, COD, CON and CLAS and taught undergraduates, graduate students and medical students. I retain a very active research career and have been funded by NIH for over 30 years and directed the graduate PhD program in genetics for ten years. We played a substantial role in the development of the Human Genome Project, identified the first genes with defects causing cleft lip and palate, and am an author on over 530 peer-reviewed articles. I chaired two NIH study sections, was a member of the Scientific Council for the NHGRI and served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. I was an elected president of the 8000+ member American Society of Human Genetics, is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the AAAS. Our research work is highly interdisciplinary and International. I took a leave of absence from 2014 to 2018 to serve as the Deputy Director for Family Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where my work focused on building programs to address maternal and child health disorders in Africa and South Asia.
Phoebe Nishimoto

Phoebe Nishimoto

Title/Position
Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad