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Dévora Grynspan

Dévora Grynspan

Vice President for International Relations

Dévora was born in Israel, grew up in Costa Rica, and came to the US in 1972 for her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University (Economics, 1976). She received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1982 with an emphasis on International Political Economy and Latin American Politics. She also has a JD (1995) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she taught Latin American Politics and was Associate Director of the Office on International Programs and Studies. Dévora has been working in international programs for more than 25 years, specializing in the development of interdisciplinary programs, global health curricula, study abroad programs, and grant writing and fundraising. She lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Samuel Stupp, a renowned professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Director of the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology (SQI) at Northwestern University. Read Dévora's full biography



Kim Rapp

Kim Rapp

Assistant Vice President for International Relations

Kim has worked in international programs in higher education for over 20 years. Before coming to Northwestern in 2014, Kim was Executive Director of Stanford University’s Global Studies Division. Kim has lived and worked in several countries including England, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal. Originally from the East Coast, Kim completed her undergraduate degree in Communications and International Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and her graduate degrees in African Languages and Literature (MA), Educational Administration (MS) and Higher Education Leadership and Policy Analysis (PhD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her publications have focused on graduate education in the U.S., and her teaching experience has ranged from African literature to international research methods, but Kim remains most passionate about facilitating the international interests and research goals of others.

Responsibilities:

  • Faculty, Staff and Alumni Engagement
  • Grant Writing and Proposal Review
  • New Initiatives



Janka Pieper

Janka Pieper

Director of Communications

Janka has been working for Northwestern University since 2010. Before joining the Office of International Relations in 2016, she was in charge of Marketing and Communications at the Office of International Program Development. Prior to that, Janka was Manager of PR and Communications at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in Chicago. Janka was born and raised in Germany and came to the United States in January 2001 as an exchange student. She decided to stay and pursue a BA in Mass Communication at Illinois State University, where she also worked as an international assistant. She also has an MA in Communication with a focus on International Public Relations from ISU. Janka lives in Chicago with her husband Dave and her two little sons Noah and Finn.

Responsibilities:

  • Internal and External Communications
  • Northwestern in the World Resources
  • Telling Northwestern's International Story



Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Director of International Relations

Emily has been with Northwestern University since 2009. Prior to joining the Office of International Relations in 2016, she was the Community Relations Manager for Northwestern University in Qatar where she planned pre-college programming, produced large events, and facilitated outreach to community partners. Before joining NU-Q, she worked at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and organized youth programs including the Model United Nations and Planet Georgetown. She has lived and worked in Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and China. She has a BA in International Relations from Taylor University and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

Responsibilities:

  • Partnerships and Agreements
  • Visitors and Delegations
  • Liaison to Chicagoland International Community



Anne Conlon

Anne Conlon

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

A native of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Anne joined the Office of International Relations in October 2016. Anne is passionate about international relations and cross-cultural exchange in higher education. She completed her BA in French and International Studies from the University of Iowa and studied abroad for an academic year in Paris and a summer in Pau, France. Following her undergraduate degree, Anne worked as an English Language Assistant through the French Ministry of Education in Nice, France.  Upon return to the Midwest, Anne worked as an administrative assistant in Global Initiatives at Loyola University Chicago for three years. She earned a M.Ed in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in December 2016. Anne loves to travel and learn from the rich, diverse cultures and communities around the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Executive Assistant to the VP for International Relations
  • Office Administration and Finances



Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson

Graduate Assistant

Claire joined the Office of International Relations in September 2016 and is currently working towards her Masters in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern University. She completed her B.A. in German and International Economics and Cultural Affairs at Valparaiso University and studied abroad during her junior year at the University of Tübingen in Germany. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Claire worked as a legal assistant at Thiedmann & Edler, a German-American law firm, in Chicago, Illinois. After finishing her MS in Higher Education Administration & Policy, Claire hopes to pursue a career focused on international relations and exchange in the field of higher education.

Samantha Nissen

Samantha Nissen

Graduate Assistant

samantha.nissen@northwestern.edu

Samantha joined the Office of International Relations in May 2017 and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She completed a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies at the University of Iowa in 2013. Before joining Northwestern, Samantha worked at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she managed communications initiatives and supported cultural exchange programs for youth, scholars, and artists. Additionally, she worked as a graduate assistant for Loyola University Chicago’s Office for International Programs. Samantha currently serves on the International Educators of Illinois leadership team as the Website Manager.
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