Meet the ISA Staff

Jennifer Fontanella
Director of Operations and Finance
jfontanella@isanet.org / (860) 486-0338
As the Director of Operations and Finance, Jennifer oversees all the operations of the ISA-HQ office and has responsibility for managing the ISA's budget and finances as well as coordinating future convention planning. Jennifer works with the Executive Director and ISA leadership to coordinate ISA practices and procedures.

Melissa Ballard
Financial Manager
mballard@isanet.org / (860) 486-5327
Melissa manages our day-to-day finances. Melissa also serves as our Travel Grant Coordinator, where she manages our travel grant programs in our various conferences.
Kristy A. Belton, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
As Director of Professional Development with the International Studies Association, Kristy works closely with our Committees and Leadership and with special programming for our annual convention.
Liz Fausett-Fuhrman
Organizational Systems Manager
lfausett@isanet.org / (860) 486-6536
As the Organizational Systems Manager, Elizabeth oversees many aspects of our conference operations. Primarily, she works with the Program Chairs, Section Program Chairs and Region Conferences to assist with the technical process of producing conference programs.
Giulianna Franchetti
Program Coordinator, Communications and Academic Programming
gfranchetti@isanet.org / (860) 486-5850
Donalyn Maneggia
Advertising and Sponsorship Manager
dmaneggia@isanet.org / (860) 486-4512
Donalyn is responsible for planning and managing the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Convention, advertising in the Convention Program and Sponsorship Opportunities for ISA events as well as Sections and Regions receptions at the Annual Convention.
Kristin Nacovsky
Program Coordinator, Finance and Convention Services
knacovsky@isanet.org / (860) 486-1362
Lembe Tiky, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Development
tiky@isanet.org / (860) 486-1837
As Director of Academic Development Tiky oversees the ISA Research & Workshop Grants program, professional development, ISA program evaluation, and he chairs the Junior Scholar Symposium.
Alex Walker
Organizational Systems Specialist
awalker@isanet.org / (860) 486-6862
Alex helps to facilitate section, caucus and region affairs, and supports conference operations. She also manages officer elections and appointments.
Jeanne White
Director of Conventions and Meetings, for the International Studies Association
jwhite@isanet.org / (520) 396-4546
In her role as Director of Conventions & Meetings Jeanne is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing all non-panel functions associated with the Annual Convention and bi-annual International Conferences. Jeanne performs the marketing and sales functions for the Convention Program, oversees Exhibition and Advertising sales, and manages hotel and vendor contracts.

Ashley Benitez Ou
Graduate Assistant
Mary Hartford
Graduate Assistant
Adelina Mkami
Graduate Assistant, Technical Assistant

Efe Tokdemir, Ph.D.
James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow

Efe Tokdemir is the ISA James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017-2018, and Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He received his PhD degree in Political Science from Binghamton University, SUNY in 2017. His research revolves around the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, and bridges macro and micro levels of analysis. He examines the impacts of state and violent non-state actor's strategies on their audiences by employing quantitative and experimental methodology. His works have so far appeared in Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, International Political Science Review, and Electoral Studies. www.efetokdemir.com. Curriculum Vitae

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Representing 100 countries, ISA has over 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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