Alexis Foley (Pronouns: she / her / hers)
Alexis Foley is a second-year master's student in the Student Affairs program at UMD. Alexis graduated from Central Michigan University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; her time as an undergraduate student was centered on growth, self-development, and purpose-finding through various leadership opportunities. This has led her to a role as a Resident Director for the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UMD as she seeks to help students navigate their own college experience. In addition to her role as a resident director and graduate student, Alexis has also served as a staff advisor for UMD's alternative Breaks program and a facilitator for MOSAIC; a leadership and diversity retreat for students of various social identity groups. One of the highlights of her time at Maryland has been the opportunity to study abroad in Ghana to do field research on higher education policies and practices. In her free time, Alexis enjoys reading and exploring the DMV area and is looking forward to bringing all of these experiences and insights into her role as a BSGC100 instructor!
Email: afoley19 [at] terpmail.umd.edu
Jeremy Gombin-Sperling (Pronouns: he / him / his)
Jeremy Gombin-Sperling is a Ph.D. student in the International Education Policy (IEP) program, and is very excited to be working with Global Communities as an instructor for BSGC 100 and BSGC 398A! He earned his Bachelor's in Psychology and Religious Studies at New York University, and later his M.A., also in the IEP program at UMD. His professional career has revolved around international education and exchange programs, first starting as a Language and Cultural Assistant at two different bilingual schools in Spain. He has worked as an Advisor in Education Abroad at the University of Maryland, as well as on the Fulbright Program at the U.S. Department of State. Some of Jeremy’s research interests include the relationship between English-language learning and globalization and engaging students around issues of social identity in a global context.
Email: jgombins [at] umd.edu
Andrew Lugg (Pronouns: he / him / his)
Andrew Lugg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and master's degrees in International Studies from Oklahoma State University and Political Science from the University of Maryland.
Andrew's primary research interests are in Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and international political economy. His dissertation explores the political dynamics that lead to the creation of new types of IGO's. Andrew also studies the political economy of trade agreements and investment treaties using quantitative and text analytic methodologies. He has published academic papers in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research and Politics, The Journal of International Economic Law, and Global Policy. He has also co-authored reports for the World Bank and USAID.
Andrew is an avid traveler, hiker, and skier. He has traveled or worked in over 26 countries and is currently attempting to hike all 58 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. Andrew and his wife Jessica welcomed their first child, Henry, in June of this year.
Email: alugg [at] umd.edu ()