ISA Headquarters

The University of Connecticut hosts the International Studies Association’s Headquarters, which consists of the office of the Executive Director and staff. Headquarters is responsible for a variety of activities, ranging from short- and medium-term projects to long-term planning. On a daily basis, ISA staff responds to member inquiries, assists ISA leadership with programming initiatives, and tracks and maintains the financial health of the organization, among other activities.

Throughout the year, ISA staff informs membership about Association and cooperating organization-related news via social media, the ISA blog and newsletter. It provides significant logistical and technical support toward the successful implementation of the Association’s numerous annual international and regional conferences and manages the Association’s growing portfolio of grants. The staff also maintains the members-only Professional Resource Center and ISA job board.

One of the key responsibilities of Headquarters’ staff is to ensure the success of ISA’s Annual Convention in collaboration with ISA leadership. From site visits, managing meeting spaces and securing vendors and sponsors to assisting Convention leadership in the creation and scheduling of events and program items, Headquarters’ staff works diligently to make the Annual Convention a space that membership enjoys participating in year after year.

In short, ISA Headquarters staff is here to ensure that the Association runs smoothly and grows in a way that is beneficial to its 7000-strong members.

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.

Kristy A. Belton, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
Kristy manages the Association’s Professional Resource Center, as well as its professional development programming, which includes Career Courses and the Off the Beaten Path series. This series provides workshops, roundtables, and other events focused on careers outside and alongside academia. Kristy also facilitates the work of the Committees in their programming initiatives and serves as HQ’s liaison for the James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellowship. She serves as HQ’s Partner Organizations liaison and works closely with the ISA HQ Program Team to facilitate the Association’s programming, generally.
Liz Fausett-Fuhrman
Organizational Systems Manager
lfausett@isanet.org / (740) 785-7102
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.
Courtney FitzGerald
Financial Assistant
cfitzgerald@isanet.org / (860) 486-4390
Courtney assists with ISA's day-to-day finances. Courtney also serves as our Travel Grant Coordinator, where she manages our travel grant programs in our various conferences.
Kat Folker
Program Assistant
kfolker@isanet.org / (860) 486-5850
 
Tara Guilleaume
Exhibit & Sponsorship Manager
tguilleaume@isanet.org / (860) 486-1642
 
Melissa Hastillo
Financial Manager
mhastillo@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.
Donalyn Maneggia, CMP
Conventions & Conferences 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.
Adelina Mkami, Ph.D.
Program Specialist
Kristin Nacovsky
Conventions & Conferences Manager
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 works closely with the Program Chair(s) to build the Annual Convention program, oversees the ISA Research & Workshop Grants program, ISA program evaluation, and 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) 333-0336
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
Lauren Perez Bonilla
Graduate Assistant
Fabian Terbeck
Graduate Assistant

Nicholas R. Micinski, Ph.D.
James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nicholas R. Micinski is ISA's 2019-2020 James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow. Nick's research focuses on international cooperation on migration and how states use refugee policies—such as refugee resettlement, expulsion, and aid—as a foreign policy tool. This year Nick will be affiliated as a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Nick received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and his B.A. from Michigan State University.
http://www.nickmicinski.com/

Getting in Touch

Have a question or need some assistance? Feel free to contact ISA headquarters and we'll try our best to help.

International Studies Association
University of Connecticut
362 Fairfield Way, Unit 4013
Storrs, CT 06269-4013

(860) 486-5850 (Main Line)

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