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Z'leste Wagner

Z'leste is a student in the International Communication interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and global knowledge sharing networks and transfer. Her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara is in Global Studies. Regionally focused on South America, she has almost four years of experience studying, working and assisting with social development programs in Chile, Brazil, and Colombia.  Before coming to AU she worked with an entrepreneur to develop two startup companies focusing on communications and business development. Her interests in public diplomacy are centered on cultural diplomacy and innovation and entrepreneurship promotion as a public diplomacy strategy.

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Caitlin Morrison

Caitlin Morrison is a first year student in the IC Program specializing in Public Diplomacy. When not in class, she works with Professor Nanette Levinson on cutting-edge topics in social enterprise and communication for developing countries. Caitlin hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a degree in International Relations and German. During her senior year at Syracuse she wrote an Honors thesis that integrated diplomacy and language, entitled "Man vs. Machine: Interpreting the Ambiguities in Diplomatic Negotiations", which served as a starting point for some possible career fields. 

Before joining the IC Program, Caitlin worked as an annuity specialist with Prudential Financial and as a bilingual nanny with a German family. Caitlin was excited to join the IC Program at AU, and plans to study how linguistics relates to strategic communication and public diplomacy. She believes that the heart of international relations is communications, and draws inspiration from the quote: "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Caitlin hopes to find a place where she can mitigate this illusion and foster true communication in her future work.  








Evan Carlson

Evan Carlson is a first year student in the International Communications Program at the School of International Service. He comes to Washington, DC having spent the last 5 years working as a Press Secretary and Communications Director for political campaigns from local to the national level. He has worked directly with Governors, Senators and Vice President Joe Biden.

Evan’s interest in public diplomacy lies with the strategic communication that takes place between states, transnational corporations and the global civil society and he is currently researching the role that new media has in opening up the discourse in international relations to new actors.

Amy standing on a boat floating in the middle of the ocean








Amy Wozniak

Amy Wozniak is a student in International Communications interested in public diplomacy; particularly access to information and its impact on civil society. She currently works as a research associate in the COTELCO Research Lab, leading a project on the public diplomacy efforts of Secretary Clinton. Before coming to American University, Amy taught English in Thailand, and traveled in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, and Malaysia. She has a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University, and her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo.

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Shayna Padovano

Shayna Padovano is a first year IC student currently pursuing a self-designed concentration in Business Diplomacy, and also has an interest in Cultural Diplomacy. She is a Lead Project Coordinator and Research Associate at the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO), housed in the School of International Service. She is also a member of the International Communication Student Forum (ICSF). Shayna came to American University after five years as an actor, writer, producer, and educator in New York City. She has also lived in Italy where she studied, performed, and taught theatre and English in Reggio Emilia, Padova, Arezzo, Spoleto, and Florence. Shayna grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and Singapore, and has traveled extensively throughout South Asia. These experiences greatly influenced Shayna's commitment to doing work on an global scale. Shayna holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Italian Studies from Boston University.








Claire Baumann

Claire Baumann is a Master’s in International Communication candidate with a concentration in Public and Cultural Diplomacy.  She currently works as a Research Assistant for Dr. David Bell Mislan, an AU professor of US Foreign Policy.  Claire comes to DC from New York City after working for an educational tour operator where she managed and led travel programs for leading US cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Claire also worked in Public Programs at the American Museum of Natural History. She holds an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Art History and concentrations in Anthropology and Fine Arts from Douglass College, Rutgers University.  Claire is looking forward to this summer where she will be the Public Diplomacy Intern to the US Mission to Benin.