Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou
As Director of NYU Berlin since 2010, Gabriella oversees its academic and administrative activities and develops relationships with local and international Universities and research institutions. Before joining NYU she taught subjects in Modern European History in universities in the U.S., Europe, and in Australia. She is a founding member of the National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially Global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She is also continuing her research and writing on the Holocaust in Greece and on narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany.
Dr. Roland Pietsch
As Assistant Director for Academics, Roland assists the Director in the delivery of the academic programs and is responsible for managing the provisions of student and faculty services. Before joining NYU in 2011, he taught modern history at the University of London (Queen Mary) and worked as a historian for television documentaries. He has published on maritime and youth history. Roland is a born Berliner and good local history source for NYU students.
Linn works at the intersection of administrative leadership, undergraduate teaching, and research on globalizing higher education. As NYU Berlin’s Assistant Director for Student Life, she oversees all areas of student services, health and safety, extra-curricular programming, community engagement, and professional development/leadership education. She has been a member of NYU Berlin’s Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE) Council since its founding in 2017 and teaches a course on “Experiential Learning,” which integrates student learning with the work of local organizations in the fields of climate research, refugee support, communication, and the arts. She received her Ph.D. from Free University Berlin with a dissertation on global curriculum development.
Dr. Katrin Dettmer
As the Arts Coordinator for NYU Berlin, Katrin coordinates the Tisch Special Program, “Stanislavsky, Brecht and Beyond,” which offers an integrated approach to actor training, including scene work, movement, voice, rigorous actor oriented dramaturgical research, and participation of the FIND plus workshop program at the Schaubühne. In addition to teaching a class on 20th century German theater, Katrin also organizes Q&As with theater makers in Berlin and serves as point of contact for art projects and end of semester exhibitions at the St. Agnes campus. Before joining NYU Berlin in 2015, Katrin taught German literature at Brown University and Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and has been working as a dramaturg for a variety of productions, both in the US and in Germany.
Dr. Madeleine Dupre
Madeleine joined the NYU Berlin team in early January 2020. As the interim onsite Wellness Counselor, she provides psychological assessments, counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention and emergency mental health case management. She assists students in accessing psychiatric and specialty psychological services as needed.
Madeleine is a fully licensed clinical mental health treatment provider. She received her PhD in Counseling and Supervision from James Madison University in Virginia, USA. She has worked in higher education for many years, both as counselor, graduate psychology faculty member, and clinical supervisor.
Before coming to Berlin, Madeleine worked at NYU Shanghai. During her five year tenure there, she provided counseling services to students and co-created an academic advising learning community. Madeleine is keenly interested in Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change Theory.
As Finance & Administration Manager, Franziska provides financial and operational oversight for NYU Berlin and serves as a bridge between the site and the Office of Global Programs in New York City to ensure the smooth functioning and integration of site operations. Originally from Idstein, a small but beautiful town close to Frankfurt am Main, Franziska first moved to Berlin in 2008 to study International Business Management at Berlin School of Economics and Law, an international Bachelor program with a one year study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating with a Master’s degree in International Business Development from ESB Business School Reutlingen, Franziska’s path led her to New York City. Here, she worked in Finance, Administration and Program Coordination at NYU Langone Health for almost five years. She loved her experience in New York City and at NYU, and is thrilled to now be back in her home country while still having the opportunity to stay connected to NYC and being part of the NYU Berlin team, enabling students to have an equally unforgettable and invaluable international experience as she was able to have. Outside of work, Franziska enjoys swimming and biking, loves the outdoors and is passionate about traveling to foreign places as well as exploring the endless historic sites, parks and cultural possibilities that Berlin and its beautiful neighborhoods have to offer.
Denise is responsible for the German language program at NYU Berlin. She coordinates the language courses and implements a variety of extra- and co-curricular activities like tutorials and language-based field trips. Denise has a degree in German Studies from the Free University of Berlin. She has been working with international students since 2006 and has worked at NYU Berlin since September 2009.
Lygia is NYU Berlin’s Senior Program Coordinator. Though born in Berlin, she has also lived in three other German Bundesländern, in Paris, in Nice, in Kalamazoo (MI) and in Las Vegas (NV). Before joining NYU, Lygia received a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Western Michigan University and gained four years of work experience in international student services. She is passionate about traveling, trying out foreign restaurants, and exploring neighborhood shops and bakeries. What fascinates her most about Berlin are the changes in pace from one borough to another.
Dominik is Special Projects Coordinator and responsible for summer programs and J-Terms, as well as IT, design and other projects. Like so many, he originally moved to Berlin to study and did not want to leave again. He holds a Magister in North American Studies, Philosophy and Media Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. He wrote his thesis on the changing way of narration in US television, and has thus a special connection to the American way of storytelling. Dominik also spent a year studying at Duke University and was chosen to direct a student-run production of “Hair” which made him fall in love with musicals. He cannot sing, but invites you to come by any time and offer your rendition of “Good Morning Starshine.”
As Coordinator of Student Services, Ngoc-Le provides NYU students with the administrative support required for a smooth and successful academic experience in Berlin. As such, she advises students on immigration, professional and academic opportunities in Germany, volunteering in the city, and health-related matters. She is also involved in the planning and organization of cultural programming. Born and raised in Berlin, she is fascinated by the vibrant and cosmopolitan diversity the city and its manifold communities have to offer. Before joining NYU Berlin in 2017, Ngoc-Le studied North American Studies and worked at the Student Exchange Office at Freie Universität Berlin. She furthered her interest in the U.S. and transatlantic relations during her time as an exchange student in both Olympia, Washington State and Chicago, Illinois.
As Coordinator of Academic Services, Julia supports the administration of academic student and faculty services. She also runs NYU Berlin’s reading room, and can assist students with questions about using other libraries in Berlin for their research. Prior to joining NYU Berlin, Julia taught English in Berlin and in the US. She holds a M.Ed. in Intercultural Education from Freie Universität Berlin where her academic focus was on adult literacy and language acquisition. Although Berlin is home, it remains a fascinating and inspiring place as a result of its ever-changing landscape, population and the wealth of cultural opportunities.
As Student Life Administrator, Sascha handles all immigration matters including visa applications, extensions, and city registration. He is also responsible for housing assignments and student enrollment at Humboldt University. Before joining NYU Berlin, Sascha completed a Bachelor degree in American studies and Media studies at Humboldt University, spent a year teaching German language labs and conversation classes at Grinnell College (USA), and worked for four years as a student assistant at IES Abroad Berlin. Born and raised in Berlin, Sascha is not biased at all in calling it the best city of Germany. He values the city for its vivid energy and its diversity in people, activities, and spaces.
As Program Assistant, Isabel supports NYU Berlin’s administration and operations team with ensuring a smooth student experience. Originally from Düsseldorf in Western Germany, she has also lived in London, Cambridge and spent some time in New York City. Isabel holds a Master of Philosophy in Assyriology (the study of the Ancient Near East) and recently completed a Business Certificate at Columbia University. She recently relocated to Berlin and looks forward to exploring Germany’s most diverse city with its unique culture and history.
As Academic Program Assistant, Silja supports the administration of academic student and lecturer services. Together with Roland Pietsch she is the first point of contact for all academic inquiries. Before joining NYU Berlin, she received a Diplom in Communication Design from the Folkwang University of the Arts and gained seven years of work experience designing for university and museum clients in the United States. Originally from a very rural part of Northern Germany, she went to university in the post-industrial Ruhr Area, did a study abroad in Sweden and interned in Australia. She is still relatively new to Berlin and loves encountering unexpected glimpses into the city's layered past.
As Operations and Studio Coordinator Selin is the go-to person for our St. Agnes campus and will assist staff and students in all administrative requests. Before joining NYU Berlin, Selin has worked for start-ups in Munich and Berlin, most recently as director of operations in a company offering international relocations. Having studied sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich, she always remains engaged in discussions about gender roles, migration, and social policies. Although she enjoys traveling very much, Berlin does not stop to fascinate her with its rich history and its ever-changing districts. Feel free to approach her for tips on sustainable living, the newest shows and movies, and where to go for what in Berlin.
As Program Assistant for the Global Research Initiatives (GRI), Karl supports NYU faculty and graduate students in a variety of administrative matters, and co-organizes academic events. He appreciates interacting with a diverse group each semester and feels privileged to be able to introduce fellows to Berlin’s vibrant academic community as well as the city’s many cultural venues. Karl holds an M.A. in North American Studies from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin and has a great interest in the cultural and historical complexities of jazz. During his studies, Karl held a number of positions, including working for the interdisciplinary “Popular Seriality” research unit at FU. Before joining NYU Berlin in April 2019, Karl spent some time in Japan while completing his thesis.
Gábor serves as a full-time member of the Residential and Student Life Team at NYU Berlin. Originally from Budapest in Hungary, he graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Theater and Economics. He fell in love with the vitality of Berlin during his study abroad semester in Spring 2018. Returning as a Resident Assistant, he is driven to be a helping hand for students. From asking for recommendations of interesting galleries and shows to giving advice about public transportation, he will gladly assist students to enrich their experience and support creating their own stories with the city.