Eric Koenig, Esq.

Eric Koenig is a lawyer in Washington, DC with expertise in litigation, intellectual property law, and nonprofit management. Koenig worked for Microsoft from 1991 to 2001 as a senior attorney in the company’s European office in Paris, France. In 1998, Koenig transferred to Washington, where he served as the head of the federal policy team. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a Root-Tilden Scholar at the New York University School of Law, he was in the first class of German Chancellor Fellows selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1990. He is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Law Center and a member of the boards of several other nonprofit organizations, including Global Rights and Appleseed. He also has served as a member of the Asia Society’s Washington Advisory Committee and the Dean’s Strategic Council at the New York University Law School.

E. William Colglazier, PhD

E. William Colglazier is editor-in-chief of Science & Diplomacy and senior scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He works there to advance knowledge and practice on science policy and diplomacy and to support international collaboration in science and technology. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, providing scientific and technical expertise in support of US foreign policy. From 1994 to 2011, he served as executive officer of the US National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council, where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective scientific advice on public policy issues. In 2016 and 2017 he co-chaired the 10-member group appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise on science, technology, and innovation for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, and subsequently worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Tennessee.

Elisabeth Malsch, PhD

Elisabeth Malsch is a leader in the forensics practice at Thornton Tomasetti in New York. She has decades of experience in modeling the mechanical behavior of structures; for the past 13 years, she has focused on structural analysis and design, specializing in investigative projects and restoration and repair of a wide variety of structures. She is proficient in static, dynamic, and nonlinear analysis and evaluation of buildings, mechanical systems, parking garages, space frames, domes, and scaffolds under the effects of wind, seismic forces, vibration, and blast loads. After completing her studies at Columbia University—where she earned a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate in civil engineering and engineering mechanics—Malsch received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research at the Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany (2004-2005). She contributes to the scholarship of the profession as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, through numerous speaking engagements, technical papers, and articles. In 2012, Malsch was named to Building Design + Construction magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and Engineering News-Record New York’s New York Top 20 Under 40. In 2013, she was included in Civil + Structural Engineer’s list of Rising Stars in Structural Engineering. Malsch has also contributed to making her firm more family-friendly by promoting intelligent staffing arrangements and access to the right tools for working remotely.

Dale Medearis, PhD

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, where he co-leads the NVRC’s regional climate mitigation and adaptation programs and manages NVRC’s international partnerships. Medearis helped co-launch the first formal climate and energy partnership between the 40 largest US and European metropolitan regional councils, co-initiate the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, co-launch the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s “Cities and Climate” Network, and co-develop the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with the Free University Berlin. Prior to NVRC, Medearis spent 20 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Affairs as the program manager for western Europe and urban environmental programs. He served as vice-chair of the OECD Territorial Development Committee and chairman of the OECD Working Group on Urban Affairs. Medearis was a German Chancellor Fellow (1994-1995) and has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the European Union, and the American Council on Germany. Medearis holds a PhD in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech University, an MS in cartographic and geographic science from George Mason University, an MGA in government from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in international relations from the University of Redlands.

Sumit Ganguly, PhD

Sumit Ganguly is a distinguished professor of political science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University in Bloomington. His research focuses on contemporary politics in South Asia. He previously taught at James Madison College at Michigan State University, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, a guest scholar at the Center for Cooperative Monitoring in Albuquerque, and a visiting scholar at the German Institute for International and Area Studies in Hamburg. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. On September 1, 2024 he will join the Hoover Institution at Stanford University to direct their Strengthening the US-India Relationship Program.

Ganguly is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 books on South Asia. His most recent book with Manjeet S. Pardesi and William R. Thompson, is The Sino-Indian Rivalry: Implications for Global Order (Cambridge University Press, 2023) He is currently working on a new book that focuses on the origins and evolution of India’s defense policy for Columbia University Press.

Katrin Amian, PhD

Katrin Amian has been head of the North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania Division in the Sponsorship and Network Department at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn since 2008. In this capacity she is responsible for the management of the Foundation’s sponsorship programs and activities for fellows and awardees from these regions. Amian joined the Humboldt Foundation in 2007 as program director for strategic planning in the Department for Strategic Planning and External Relations. She previously served as assistant professor in the Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies at the University of Bonn. Amian holds a graduate degree in North American Studies and a PhD in American Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Bonn. She is a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and has received several visiting fellowships to study and conduct research in the United States—at the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Timothy Angelotti MD, PhD

Timothy Angelotti is an associate professor within the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In his clinical work, he specializes in the care of high risk, critically ill adult patients—during air medical transports, in the intensive care unit (ICU), or in the operating room. Angelotti received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and subsequently received his MD and PhD (Pharmacology) degrees from the University of Michigan, where he was a fellow in the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program. He continued his clinical training in Anesthesiology at Duke University and subsequently Intensive Care Medicine at Stanford University. Angelotti’s research has been in the area of molecular pharmacology, specifically on the study of ion channels, receptor proteins, and the sympathetic nervous system. He directed an NIH-funded basic science laboratory for over 12 years before switching his research focus toward translational medicine, specifically clinical pharmacology of vasopressor drugs in the ICU. Besides the NIH, he has received research funding from Stanford University, the American Heart Association (AHA), the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), and corporate sponsors. He has published six book chapters, over thirty-two peer-reviewed research articles, and a dozen invited reviews and lectures frequently to pre-clinical medical students. In addition to American Friends of AvH, Angelotti also sits on the Scientific Review Board for the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF) and has served as an associate editor for Analgesia & Anesthesia. In addition, he holds several leadership positions with his department and Stanford University Hospital. Angelotti was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow based at the Technical University Munich (TUM) from 1995 to 1996 and in 2013, he returned to TUM on sabbatical as a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Return Fellowship.

John W. Boyer, PhD

John W. Boyer is Senior Advisor to the President and the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. He served as Dean of the College from 1992 through June 2023. During his tenure as dean, he broadened the College curriculum to include many new core courses and new programs of advanced study, as well as strengthened the College’s admissions program and establishing the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Boyer was also deeply involved in the founding of the University of Chicago Center in Paris. 

Boyer has served as an editor of the Journal of Modern History since 1980. A specialist in the history of the Habsburg Empire and of Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Boyer received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1975 and joined the faculty in the same year. Boyer has written four books on Central European history—Political Radicalism in Late Imperial Vienna: Origins of the Christian Social Movement, 1848-1897; and Culture and Political Crisis in Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1897-1918, both of which were published by the University of Chicago Press. He is also the author of Karl Lueger (1844-1910): Christlichsoziale Politik als Beruf (2010) and, most recently, Austria 1867-1955 (Oxford University Press, 2022). In 2004 Boyer was awarded the Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class, by the Republic of Austria. He is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Vienna in 2015, in recognition of his scholarly work on the Habsburg Empire.

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, PhD

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich is a professor of political science at the University of Miami, where she has been since earning her PhD at Duke University in 1999; she is also Co-Editor of German Politics. Her research focuses on gender and politics, especially in the German context. She is the author of Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Office in Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2016). Davidson-Schmich was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship (1996-1997) for research on budget politics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She subsequently received funding for a follow-up visit to Germany, this time at the University of Bremen’s Zentrum Gender Studies. She also hosted an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Kolleg on the subject of German Chancellor Angela Merkel that resulted in a 2011 special issue of German Politics

In recent years, she and Dr. David Abraham have served as co-Humboldtians on Campus at the University of Miami. As an HoC, Davidson-Schmich hosted fellow Humboldtian Dr. Kathrin Zippel who spoke on the topic, “Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science.” Davidson-Schmich serves on the editorial boards of The European Journal of Politics and GenderGerman Politics and Society, and Women, Politics, and Policy. She is also a member of the executive board of the International Association for the Study of German Politics and a former Board member of the German Studies Association.

Catherine Epstein, PhD

Catherine Epstein is Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Winkley Professor of History at Amherst College. She specializes in Modern German and Central European History. Since coming to Amherst in 2000, she has taught a wide range of European history classes, including courses on the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and World War II. Epstein is the author of four books on German history. Her textbook, Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths, was published in 2015 (Wiley-Blackwell). Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Nazi Occupation of Western Poland (Oxford, 2010) won the Arthur Kronthal Prize. Epstein also wrote The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and their Century (Harvard, 2003) and A Past Renewed: German-Speaking Refugee Historians in the United States after 1933 (Cambridge, 1993). For a decade (2004-2014), Epstein served as Associate Editor of Central European History, the leading journal in German history in North America. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC and of the Academic Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Council. Epstein has been Dean of the Faculty since July 2014, and Provost and Dean of the Faculty since 2019.