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HopkinsBenjamin Hopkins, Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503M
Tel: (202) 994-2822


ollapallyDeepa Ollapally, Associate Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503I
Tel: (202) 994-8854


teitelbaumEmmanuel Teitelbaum, Director, Asian Studies Program
Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, N.W., Room 411
Phone: (202) 994-9125
Fax: (202) 994-7743

GrinbergMiriam Grinberg, Program Associate
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503P
Tel: (202) 994-4360


GrinbergRichard Haddock, Program Coordinator
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503N
Tel: (202) 994-5874


YarrLinda Yarr, Director
Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503S
Tel: (202) 994-4313


NelsenMaggie Nelsen, Program Assistant
Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), Asian Studies Program
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503
Tel: (202) 994-2694





Miriam Grinberg is the Program Associate for the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Since graduating with a BA in Political Science from Gettysburg College in 2011, she has gone on to complete an MA in International Politics and East Asia and a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, she worked as a communications assistant for the Politics, Sociology and Philosophy departments at Warwick, and has held visiting research fellow positions at American University, Waseda University in Tokyo, and the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

Richard Haddock is currently the Program Coordinator with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School, with a concentration on domestic politics and foreign policy of East Asia. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Asian Studies and Diplomacy. Previously, he was a Project Assistant with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs working primarily on democracy and governance programs in East and Southeast Asia. He also worked with the American Institute in Taiwan as a Public Diplomacy intern, and with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Taiwan Coordination and in the Office Public Diplomacy. Mr. Haddock studies Mandarin Chinese language and participated in intensive language and culture immersion programs in Soochow University in Suzhou, China (Critical Language Scholarship) and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan (Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance Summer Ambassadorship program).

Maggie Nelsen is the Program Assistant at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies for Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and the Asian Studies Program. After earning her BA in Government/International Relations from Connecticut College in 2014, Maggie served as a Fulbright Grantee in Malaysia for two years. Prior to living in Malaysia, Maggie conducted international development research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She interned for Senator Mark R. Warner, and in the Asian Division of The Library of Congress.


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