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Thomas Bogenschild

Thomas Bogenschild

Director
Advises for the Killam Fellowship.
Office hours: Wednesday 2–5

Thomas Bogenschild joined the Vanderbilt Global Education Office as Director in August, 2011 (Curriculum Vitae). Tom has been involved in international education for more than 30 years in various capacities; he has taught and administered at the Universities of Chicago, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Notre Dame, New Mexico, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a B.A. in anthropology from Occidental College, and a M.A. in the same discipline from the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, awarded by the Graduate Group in Latin American Studies. His academic and professional responsibilities have taken him to five continents. He was a Bancroft Fellow at the University of California, and received a Fulbright award to participate in a summer seminar in Brazil. He co-edited the volume State and Society in Brazil: Continuity and Change (Westview, 1983), and maintains active research interests cultural anthropology, history, and political science. He is active nationally in a number of professional associations in the field of international education.

Favorite Destinations
Central Mexico; Western Guatemala; Spain; Japan; Kazakhstan; Western Australia; Estonia; the Tyrol; the Balkans; the Negev; British Columbia; Salvador, Bahia; Berlin; Paris; Budapest

Dream Destinations
South Asia, West Africa, Patagonia, Fiji and the Marshall Islands, Greenland, Mongolia

Isabelle S. Crist

Isabelle S. Crist

Assistant Director for Operations
Advises for programs in New Zealand, England (London only), Israel, and Samoa. Point person for Engineering students, advising for all engineering programs.
Isabelle is currently on medical leave

Isabelle S. Crist is the Assistant Director for Operations for the Vanderbilt University Global Education Office and has been with the office since 2001. She earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt in Anthropology and Fine Arts. Before her position at the Global Education Office, she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Sigaux Collection in the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is bilingual in French and English.

Favorite Destinations
Brittany, Southern France, Scotland, Doubtful Sound

Dream Destinations
Samarkand, Cornwall, Morocco, Spain

Arik Ohnstad

Arik Ohnstad

Assistant Director for Communications
Advises for programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Russia, Austria, and the Netherlands. He is also the GEO point person for Maymester programs in 2014.
Office hours: Monday and Friday 1–3

Arik is the Global Education Office's Assistant Director for Communications. He has worked or traveled in Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Belize, Mexico, Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, and Belgium.

Michelle Solorio

Michelle Solorio

Advises for programs in Australia, France, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Office hours: Monday 1–3, Thursday 1–3

Advises for programs in Australia, France, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Office hours: Monday 1–3, Thursday 1–3

Ashley Heaton

Ashley Heaton

Advises for programs in England (not London), Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, and Serbia.
Office hours: Tuesday 2–4, Wednesday 9–11

Fresh from long hours of excavation at Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Peru, Ashley Heaton is returning to her alma mater to join Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office as Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt in English and Anthropology, her M.A. from Tulane University in Anthropology, and she is in the final stages of finishing her doctorate in Anthropology (Andean archaeology) at Tulane; her time as a graduate student in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans was an anthropological study in its own right. While an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt, she spent a semester in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews and then, after a brief stop back in the U.S., headed to Bolivia to volunteer on an archaeological project for the summer (which is winter there, of course). Then there was no turning back—her devotion to traveling and learning about other cultures abroad was set. After graduating from Vanderbilt, she attended a field school run by a Vanderbilt graduate student in Belize and since then has done fieldwork in Peru and Guatemala in additional to further fieldwork in Bolivia. She is eager to “dig in” to her work at the GEO because she is passionate about studying abroad as a way to gain experiential knowledge that cannot be accessed in books alone.

Mikki Hornstein

Mikki Hornstein

Advises for programs in Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, India, and Nepal.
Office hours: Tuesday 1–3, Wednesday 1–3

Mikki is a Study Abroad Advisor for the Global Education Office. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt. Prior to working at GEO, she spent a year in a Fellowship in the Student Professional Development Center at Elon University in North Carolina. She has traveled to Israel, England, and the Netherlands.

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Advises for VISAGE and programs in China, Germany, Northern Ireland, Japan.
Office hours: By appointment only

Suzy grew up in China and earned her B. A. in Japanese Language and Culture from Shanghai International Studies University. During her junior year in college, Suzy studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester. She then came to Vanderbilt and completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Peabody College of Education. Suzy joined GEO out of an office merger, and besides advising for programs in China, Germany, Northern Ireland, Japan and VISAGE, Suzy’s responsibilities also include managing key university international partnerships, coordinating incoming and outgoing delegation visits, and liaising with departments and offices on campus to support and advance Vanderbilt’s international initiatives. Suzy also works closely with Vanderbilt’s U.S. – China Center for Education and Culture. As a beneficiary of global education herself, Suzy is an advocate for international education exchange and internationalization at the university level.

Maegen Hughes

Graduate Assistant

Maegen is the Graduate Assistant for Course Evaluation Management. She has a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. She served 27 months in the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching English as a Foreign Language to middle and high school students in Bulgaria. After obtaining the Cambridge CELTA, Maegen worked at private English language schools in the U.S. as an instructor, administrator, and college counselor. Maegen is pursing an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt's Peabody College.

Ruth Page

Graduate Assistant

Ruth is a graduate assistant for the Global Education Office. She graduated from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN with a degree in biblical languages and historical geography. As an undergraduate student, she spent a year studying abroad in Jerusalem. Ruth hails from Minneapolis, MN, so considers life in Nashville basically a study abroad experience. She is a candidate for a Masters of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.