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Amanda Alter Assistant Director of Human Resources
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Titus O. Awokuse Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships
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Biography: Titus Awokuse is the associate dean for research and strategic partnerships at MSU’s International Studies and Programs. He previously served (from 2015-2021) as chairperson in MSU's Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Prior to joining MSU, he was chairperson and professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware. His research interests and activities examine how international trade and food market liberalization policies enhance economic growth, improve food supply chains, and promote food security in developing countries. He has published his scholarly research papers in leading professional journals and his works have been cited in the popular press, including the Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Letters, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Global Food Security, Journal of Comparative Economics, and World Development, the Economist, LA Times.

He is an internationally respected scholar who has consulted for national governments, international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses. Awokuse also made notable contributions to the agricultural and applied economics profession through his leadership roles and service on various committees, advisory boards, and professional associations. He currently serves as an elected member of the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA) and is on the Executive Board of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. He served as journal editor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (from 2007-2010) and served as member of editorial board of several academic journals. He was a former Chair of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA) section of the AAEA. He earned a Ph.D. in in applied and agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.

Jennifer Brewer Program Manager, Tanzania Partnership Program
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Biography: Jennifer Brewer was appointed project manager for TPP in 2017. Prior to her work with TPP, she coordinated the development and submission of international development grants and managed an international education fellowship program for CASID - an ISP area studies center. Jennifer has also coordinated clinical trials for the MSU College of Human Medicine and health studies for the Department of Epidemiology. She recently (2015-17) served as coordinator for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program student council, providing support to African undergraduate and graduate scholars across four continents. Jennifer holds a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology and has more than ten years of field experience working on development issues in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Kathryn Fillinger Finance and Program Officer for the Tanzania Partnership Program
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Biography: Kathryn Fillinger was appointed Finance and Program Officer for TPP in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the accounts, while also providing administrative and financial support for TPP. Prior to her current position in International Studies and Programs, Kathryn was a Project Coordinator for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a multi-million dollar research initiative at MSU. Kathryn is an alumna of MSU’s College of Social Science, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology.

William Gall Web Developer
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Rob Glew Associate Dean for Academic Programs
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Biography: Dr. Robert Glew is Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Office for International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University.

Dr. Glew, a cultural anthropologist, has 30 years of experience working on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, education, health, political and social change, and identity politics. He has co-directed successful collaborative projects with university, NGO, and governmental partners in Burkina Faso, China, Ghana, Iraq, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. Dr. Glew also serves as the director of the Tanzania Partnership Program, and professor of international development studies at MSU.

Dr. Glew earned his BA and MA in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity. He also speaks French and Hausa and has studied Fulfulde.

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Ashley Green Assistant Dean of Administration
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Biography: Dr. Ashley Green is the assistant dean of administration at MSU's International Studies and Programs. In this role, Dr. Green provides leadership in the implementation and administration of international programs and global initiatives that advance and strengthen university wide missions related to research, instructional, outreach and engagement activities. She oversees a variety of administrative functions including international partnership processes and protocols.

As ISP’s director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she is tasked with ensuring that the global dimension is integrated into campus DEI efforts and activities. She created and chairs a cross-campus Global DEI Task Force charged with developing campus resources to reinforce inclusive practices in a global context. Dr. Green also serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Fulbright Programs, and Peace Corps.

Before coming to ISP, Dr. Green was the director of scholarships for the National and International Fellowships and Scholarships Office within MSU's Honors College, where she led the daily operations of the office and assisted students in pursing national and international funding awards. Before joining NIFS, Dr. Green was the program manager for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program in the Center for Advanced Study of International Development within ISP. Her higher education administration experience also includes roles at Grand Valley State University, the University of Toledo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Green earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from MSU; a master's degree in higher education student affairs from the University of Toledo; and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Western Michigan University. Her doctoral research and dissertation focused on the experiences and motivation of successful African American first generation college students.