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Current Fellows

The American Council on Germany awarded fellowships to the following individuals to complete research on timely topics:

Zeynep Alraqeb
Deutsche Bundesbank
Research topic: “From Popular Culture to Populism: How Does America’s Image Aboard Shape Transatlantic Ties?”
2022 Duisberg Fellowship for Young German Transatlanticists

Laura Christen
Specialist Corporate Customer Communications
Infineon Technologies AG
Research topic: “The Global Supply Chain Challenge”
2022 Duisberg Fellowship for Young German Transatlanticists

Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad
Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
American University of Beirut (AUB)
Research Topic “Toward a Transatlantic Foreign Policy Overcoming ‘Authoritarian Stability’: Bridging the Gap Between Values and Interests”
2022 McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Sonja Gillert
Editor, Foreign Desk
Die Welt
Research Topic: “On the Front Lines of a Divided Country”
2019 Kellen Fellowship for Berlin-based Journalist

Leah Hubbard
Senior Associate
Estolano Advisors
Research Topic: How climate-safe cityscapes, paired with progressive social policy and inclusion efforts,
can ensure a just future”
2022 McCloy Fellow on Global Trends

Dr. Ana Isabel Keilson
Lecturer on Social Studies
Harvard University
Research Topic: “Liberalism, Art, and Industry in Modern Germany”
2020 Hunt Fellowship

Dr. Timo Lochocki
Senior Fellow
Stiftung Mercator
Research Topic: Germany’s National Interests
2022 McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Ryan MacKenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Research Topic: “Innovative Infrastructure Financing in Germany and the United States: Offsetting Disruption in Surface Transportation and Energy Projects”
2021 DZ Bank Fellowship

Dr. Lily McElwee
Chumir Global Dialogue Fellow
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Research Topic: “Germany’s Approach to EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment”
2021 DZ Bank Fellowship

Chuck McShane
Vice President of Research
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Research Topic: “Small-Town Economies in the Developed World”
2019 McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Tria Raimundo
Director, Global Development Programs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Research Topic: “Inclusive and feminist foreign policy and what it means for the transatlantic relationship”
2022 McCloy Fellow on Global Trends

Dr. James McSpadden
Professor of History
University of Nevada – Reno
Research Topic: “Parliamentary Networks and Backroom Politics in Interwar Europe”
2020 Hunt Fellowship

Dr. Michael Schwan
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Cologne
Research Topic: “Bank Ownership and Regional Political Economy’s Response to Covid”
2021 DZ Bank Fellowship

Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer
Professor of Contemporary China Studies
Trier University
Research Topic: “Facing China together in a Transatlantic partnership: Exposing influencing efforts and engaging authentic Chinese voices on digital media”
2022 McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends

Sarah Sieloff
Executive Director
Center for Creative Land Recycling
Research Topic: “Facilitating German-American Exchange through Land Reuse”
2019 McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends