Staff

 

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Director
Dr. Chhibber is a Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, in addition to serving as the Director of the Institute of International Studies. He is currently pursuing two current research projects. The first focuses on the influence of religious practice on perceptions of political representation. The second examines governance from the perspective of the citizen. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA, and his M.A. and M.Phil. from the University of Delhi. Dr. Chhibber has authored and co-authored several books including The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition...Read more
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Administrative Director
Rexille has been with IIS for over seven years. She began her career as a student assistant her junior and senior years at UC Berkeley, then worked as the Event Specialist & Assistant Office Manager for one year after graduation. Rexille held the role of Program Manager from 2012-2016 and became the IIS Administrative Director in Fall 2016. She manages the operations and financial matters of the Institute, as well as donor relations. Rexille plans and executes IIS events, colloquiums, and conferences; administers grants, fellowships, and scholarships awarded by the Institute; and manages...Read more
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Deputy Program Manager
Elliott works for both IIS and the Canadian Studies Program. He joined the IIS team in January, 2015 as Deputy Program Manager. Prior to working at Berkeley, Elliott worked at Western Washington University. At IIS, Elliott assists with financial transactions, event logistics, publicity and a variety of other tasks to further the Institute’s mission to support international research at Berkeley. Elliott has an MA in History, and a BA in History and Canadian-American Studies, both from Western Washington. Elliott’s research interests include international environmental relations and the...Read more
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Director of Education Programs
Amy Gurowitz is a lecturer in Political Science. She specializes in International Relations, teaching and researching in the areas of international relations theory, international ethics, human rights, and the politics of immigration. Her publications include articles in World Politics, International Politics, and the Journal of Asian Studies, as well as several book chapters. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. from Cornell University Gurowitz was a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs and a recipient of an SSRC-MacArthur Politics in a Changing World Fellowship.Read more
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Research Scholar
Neil Joeck is a Research Fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After a 25-year career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he retired in 2013 as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. During his career at LLNL, Dr. Joeck completed three assignments in Washington. He was the National Intelligence Officer for South Asia in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence from 2009 to 2011, served from 2004 to 2005 as Director for Counter-proliferation Strategy at the National Security Council and was a member of the...Read more
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Visiting Scholar
Mr. Kreisler is the previous Executive Director and current Visiting Scholar of the Institute of International Studies. Harry shapes, and administeres interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Kreisler taught a course titled "Issues in Foreign Policy after 9/11," which, in addition to being an undergraduate course for credit, was opened to the public as a lecture series. On top of his work with the Institute, he is currently teaching a course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, dealing with international challenges facing...Read more
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Program Director, Institutions and Governance Program
Heddy Riss is the Program Director for the Center on Institutions and Governance at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. She has launched numerous programs, including: the California-EU Regulatory Cooperation Project, Voteworld (an International Legislative Roll Call Voting Web site), the Global Islam Initiative, the Endogenous Institutions and Political Conflict Workshop (2006-2008), the China Summer Institute, and the Workshop on Agri-environmental Politics in the U.S. and EU. Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Vice Premier Minister in the Belgian Government, was...Read more