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 nine 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 graduating in 2011. 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...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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CPD Managing Director
Savannah has worked at the Institute of International Studies for three years. She began her career as a student assistant at UC Berkeley, and spent her senior year interning at NPR in Washington D.C. She is currently the Secretariat for the International Alliance of Research Universities. Savannah holds a degree from UC Berkeley in Political Economy with a concentration in Socioeconomic Inequality in the United States. Savannah became the CPD Managing Director in August 2017. She manages the operations and financial matters of the Center, plans and executes CPD events, and administers...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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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