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A. Aneesh A. Aneesh is Interim Director of the Institute of World Affairs and Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Before joining UWM, he taught in the Science, Technology & Society (STS) program at Stanford University (2001-04). Aneesh has authored two books: Virtual Migration: the programming of Globalization (Duke University Press 2006) and Neutral Accent: How Language, Labor and Life Become Global (Duke University Press, spring 2015) and has co-edited two volumes titled Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art, and Social Practices (Rutgers University Press 2011) and The Long 1968: Revisions and New Perspectives (Indiana University Press 2013). His scholarship intersects a plurality of research realms: globalization, migration, and technology. With a wide background in the social, cultural, and technological landscape of India and the United States, Aneesh has spent more than a decade researching and writing about global labor, nationalism, global software development, international call centers and about the world of immigrant professionals. Over the years his scholarship has included awards and grants from the McArthur Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Population Council, and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He has written for the newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and the Times of India. Currently, he is working on a global citizenship project.
Douglas Savage Douglas Savage 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 annual Fireside Forum lecture series. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce World Trade Association and the Statewide International Education Council. 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, and has held senior positions in other Washington-based NGO's. 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.

Nicole Palasz Nicole Palasz 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 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 had over 18 years experience working with high school and university students in various capacities in global education and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in Spanish Languages and Culture and Southeast Asian Studies from Alverno College.