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Douglas Savage Douglas Savage of the Institute for World Affairs serves as producer of the International Focus, the Institute's weekly Public Television series. He also oversees IWA's other media initiatives and coordinates the Great Decisions lecture series. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Studies, a UW System faculty and curriculum development office. Prior to that, he was Midwest Regional Director of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He has also held senior positions with the National Council on US-Arab Relations and Builders for Peace, an economic development initiative created by the Clinton administration. As a consultant, he has worked for various US and Arab clients. He holds a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and has done graduate study at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. He has taught in the Political Science Department and Global Studies program at UWM.

Nicole Palasz Nicole Palasz of the Institute of World Affairs coordinates public programs for the community and educators on a wide range of global issues. Prior to joining the Institute of World Affairs, Nicole worked at the Center for Victims of Torture, a rehabilitation center for torture survivors in Minnesota. There, she worked with the New Tactics in Human Rights project, an initiative focused on identifying creative approaches being used in the international human rights movement in order to provide human rights defenders with new ideas for action in their countries and communities. She holds Master's Degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Dina Wolf Dina Wolf of the Institute of World Affairs facilitates and coordinates curriculum, interactive simulations, workshops, and specialized educational opportunities for students on a wide range of global issues. Prior to joining the Institute of World Affairs, she worked in multiple roles for the World Affairs Seminar including as the Dean of Students and Director of Counseling Services. While at World Affairs Seminar she was selected and participated in a vocational exchange program in Daegu, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in Spanish Languages and Culture and Southeast Asian Studies from Alverno College.
Rachel Schrag Rachel Schrag of the Institute of World Affairs has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Expository (Business) Writing. She also has a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management. She has worked at UWM since 1999, originally for the Center for International Education; in 2004 she joined IWA. She manages all public and K-16 program logistics and publicity.
Jeffrey Sommers Jeffrey Sommers is a Senior Fellow at the Institute. He conducts research on the spatial fixes to crises of global capital accumulation. Further research focuses on development and tax policy in the Baltic states. Other research centers on the political economy of labor migration within and into the European Union. Further work engages the political economy of Africa's (and its Diaspora) accelerated integration into new networks of accumulation. Areas investigated generally are development studies, developmental states, international political economy and hegemonic transitions. He is currently working on a book entitled The Wages of Austerity.