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IFE central administration in Paris

IFE’S central administration is located at IFE’s Paris center, in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine district ("le Faubourg") a few minutes’ walk east of Bastille.

Timothy Carlson, Co-Director

Timothy Carlson has been involved with IFE administration since 1995, where his particular responsibilities include relations with US institutions, program development and strategic planning. He holds a graduate degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Moving to France in 1986, he has pursued various teaching and writing activities including teaching political philosophy at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris ("Sciences Po"), producing weekly electronic newsletters on science policy and other topics, carrying out international communication projects for French institutions in higher education and research, and pursuing independent research in science policy, economic development and the philosophy of economics.
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Thomas Roman, Co-Director

Thomas Roman holds a Master’s degree in contemporary political history from Paris’ Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris ("Sciences Po") for research focused on nationalism in France at the beginning of the 20th century. Associated with the Center for History at Sciences Po and formerly a researcher associated with the National Library, he currently teaches at Sciences Po as well as at other institutions and programs, both French and American, in Paris. He is also editor-in-chief of the on-line literary review, Parutions.com. In 2004 he joined IFE where he is Co-Director with particular responsibilities in internship placement and organization of the program of instruction.
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Emily Freeman, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

A graduate of Smith College and an IFE alumna, Emily has had the good fortune to live and work in several different countries from Brazil to Italy. Her studies in contemporary European history, with a focus on gender, have lead her to places ranging from the Glasgow Women’s Library to the Centre Pompidou where she acted as curatorial research assistant. Having completed both the Smith College JYA program and the IFE Field Study and Internship Program in Paris, Emily is committed to international education and communication. At IFE she is focusing on outreach to US institutions and students.
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Sarah Atji, Program Assistant

A graduate of the UPEC (formerly the University of Paris 12), Sarah holds a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in English literature and civilization. Interested in questions of identity and cultural studies, she conducted research in African American literature at Wesleyan University, CT, while also teaching there as a French language assistant. Certified by CAPES ( French secondary school teaching certificate ), Sarah taught English to high school students before joining the IFE team. She now wishes to work with American students and contribute to the development of Franco-American cultural relations through her work at IFE. Sarah hopes in the future to revisit the experience of studying in the US and further her research in African American literature.
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The staff in Paris administers all aspects of the Paris Field Study and Internship Program, and the Paris Gateway Program, as well as all aspects of the organization of IFE overall, and recruitment, partenarial relations, program content, and staffing for all programs.


IFE administration in Strasbourg

From 2008 to 2012 IFE operated the Strasbourg Field Study and Internship Program in partnership with the US college consortium BCA whose responsibilities included local administrative infrastructure and student housing. IFE was solely responsible for program design, content, teaching staff and curricular administration.

As of 2013 IFE will assume sole operation of all aspects of the Strasbourg Field Study and Internship Program. The program will continue to operate from facilities close to the university and the European district.

A resident director is the local representative of IFE central administration (based in Paris) and will be responsible for housing students, meeting and orienting students upon arrival, overseeing student life, and ensuring smooth day-to-day operation of the program. The resident director is available to students at regular office hours throughout the semester.

Tarek Amraoui, Resident Director, IFE Strasbourg

Tarek holds a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Strasbourg, specializing in "Social Dynamics and Conflicts: Theories in the Field”, with thesis research focusing on the associative engagement of French and Belgian youth from North African immigrant backgrounds. He developed as a youth trainer for the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. His areas of specialization are interculturality, migration, citizenship, civic engagement, youth participation, social work, and non-formal education. Since 2007, Tarek has been an active member and sits on the board of directors of Strasbourg-based non-profit AMSED, which is a youth NGO focusing on migration, solidarity and exchanges for development. In 2013, he joined the University of Haute Alsace as a speaker to train students in the Educational Sciences in intercultural skills. He also works as a project coordinator for various Strasbourg and European associations.

The directors of IFE’s central administration are present at key moments such as initial orientation meeting, final meeting of preparatory period in anticipation of beginning the internship, on-site evaluations, oral presentation of research, and other times throughout the semester.

IFE administration in Brussels

In Brussels IFE is housed in rented office and classroom space in the center of the city of Brussels.

An IFE resident director is the local representative of IFE central administration (based in Paris) and is responsible for housing students, meeting and orienting students upon arrival, and is available to students at regular office hours throughout the semester.

Kathleen Caenen, Resident Director, IFE Brussels

Kathleen Caenen holds a Master’s Degree in Romanesque Philology, French and Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and a BA in Law from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur. Her Ph.D. research focuses on legal emancipation and Women writers in Belgian Francophone Literature. She also works as an editor for the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, in the Parliament of the Brussels Capital Region.
Assistant professor in the foreign language department at Vesalius College - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she has been a visiting professor at other university programs, teaching both French, Dutch and Low Countries Studies. At IFE Kathleen teaches Dutch as a foreign language and also leads two of he workshop sections that run throughout the preparatory session.

The directors of IFE’s central administration are present at key moments such as initial orientation meeting, final meeting of preparatory period in anticipation of beginning the internship, oral presentation of research, and other times throughout the semester.

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