Staff Directory

 Douglas Savage, Director

Douglas Savage serves as producer of 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, Program Coordinator

Nicole Palasz is a Program Coordinator with CIE’s Institute of World Affairs (IWA), where she develops global education outreach programs for K-12 educators and the broader community. She organizes professional development workshops and gatherings for K-12 educators on a wide range of global issues that connect Milwaukee and the world, from youth violence and human trafficking to food security and environmental sustainability. She also coordinates public lectures, film screenings and discussions to serve the campus and community. In her role at IWA, Nicole is actively involved in building community partnerships and collaborating on youth outreach programming. With a background in international human rights work, 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, K-16 Outreach Coordinator

Dina is the K-16 Outreach Coordinator for global education. She has over twenty-four years experience working with middle, high school, and university students in developing their global competencies and leadership skills focused on the intersections of global and local issues for our ever growing interconnected world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Global Studies with an emphasis in Spanish Language and Culture and Southeast Asian Studies from Alverno College.

In her role as the K-16 Outreach Coordinator, she designs and implements various ½ day and multi-day seminars, workshops, conferences, and simulations specifically for students to engage in complex global issues and how these issues connect to their communities and lives personally. Most of her work is in collaboration with various individuals, departments, organizations and groups on and off campus.


Jeffrey Sommers photo - Global Studies Faculty
Jeffrey Sommers, Senior Fellow

Jeffrey Sommers is Senior Fellow at the Institute of World Affairs and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds a Visiting Professorship at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and is Associated Faculty at REMESO, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University in Sweden. He is co-editor and contributing writer with Charles Woolfson of The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model and author of Race, Reality, Realpolitik: US/Haiti Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Among his grants are several U.S. State Department Fulbrights. He has advised government officials up to the prime minister level, and served as a specialist for US State Department ambassadorial trainings. He has published in news outlets such as: the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Al-Ahram, The World Financial Review and The Moscow Times.