Josh Hill is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. He assists with projects in both organizations, with particular reference to those dealing with political violence, terrorism/counter-terrorism, national security and international security. Previously he was a Researcher and Analyst for the Global Perspectives Office, working primarily with Terrorism Studies Program Director Dr. Stephen Sloan on terrorism and national security issues, but also conducting research on other international topics. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, he received a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Hill is also an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Tiffin University in Ohio. He has traveled extensively in Thailand, Mexico and Italy, and speaks American Sign Language.
Johanna Marizan-Ho is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. She assists with projects in both organizations. Until 2007, she was a Project Specialist in the Global Perspectives Office, responsible for activities and programs worldwide and for serving as the business liaison to key partners. Previously, she worked as a program assistant in the Global Perspectives Office and spent several years as a retail manager. Marizan-Ho holds a B.A. in Political Science (American Policy track), with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, and an M.A.S. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Europe, and speaks Spanish.
Andrea Perez is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. Until 2010, she was a Program Assistant in the Global Perspectives Office, providing support to globally oriented projects and programs, and contributing to research efforts. Perez holds a B.A. degree from Rollins College, with an emphasis on Economics and International Affairs. She is currently pursuing a Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism from Rollins College. She speaks Spanish, has traveled in the Americas, and lived in South Africa for four years
Yang Zhang is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. She is a Lecturer at the School of Society, Scoochow University, in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. From 2009-2010, Zhang was a Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher and was jointly hosted by the Global Perspectives Office and the Political Science Department. She received a Ph.D. from Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin province, China. Her doctoral research focused on the evolution of U.S. counter-terrorism policy. Zhang received a B.A. in History from Tong Hua Teachers College and an M.A. from Northeast Normal University. She has published academic articles in numerous journals, including Pacific Journal, International Forum and Journal of Northeast Normal University. Zhang speaks Mandarin, English and some Japanese.
Bettina Steible is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. In Summer 2010, she was a Global Connections Foundation Volunteer hosted by the Global Perspectives Office. She is pursuing a bilingual master’s degree in European law and policy within a program at the University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Milan (Italy), University of Montpellier (France) and the University of Szczecin (Poland). Her research interests include European law, international law, human rights and humanitarian law. She also plans to pursue a Ph.D. in European and International law and become a university professor. A native of France, she speaks French, English, Spanish and some Italian. She has traveled throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean, as well as to Vietnam. She will spend the 2012-2013 academic year as a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley.
Jelmer "Jay" Wolters
Jelmer “Jay” Wolters is a Fellow of the Global Connections Foundation. A recent graduate of Rollins College, he majored in International Affairs, with a minor in Business. During his tenure at Rollins, he served as the president of Sigma Iota Rho, the Honor Society for International Studies. His research interests include conflict resolution, diplomacy and South-East Asian geo-politics. Wolters is planning to pursue graduate studies in International affairs. A native of The Netherlands, he is fluent in Dutch and is currently conducting research throughout countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Bahia “Fadia” Braktia is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and the Global Connections Foundation. From 2012-2013, she was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Florida, and was jointly hosted by the Global Perspectives Office and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. A native of Algeria, Braktia received a B.A. in translation from the University of Batna. She also holds a master’s degree in translation from the High Arab Institute of Translation, and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Her interests include women studies, neuro-linguistic programming and world cultures.