Faculty and Staff
Rainer Braun, Adjunct Faculty
Rainer holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. He teaches at Columbia University and Long Island University, where he is the research coordinator for the graduate United Nations Program. His research interests are economic and political development, human rights, and corporate social accountability. At LIU Global he teaches in the Europe program in London and Berlin, and advises and teaches in the Capstone program in New York.
Jocelyn Lieu, Faculty and Senior Thesis Coordinator
Jocelyn holds an M.F.A from Warren Wilson College and a B.A. in English from Yale. She is the author of a 9/11 memoir, What Isn’t There (Nation/Basic Books), and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons (Graywolf Press). Her creative prose has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th and Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. She has taught writing and literature at New York University, the New School, and Sarah Lawrence College, and has advised and taught at LIU Global’s New York Center since 2011. Currently, she is the Senior Thesis Coordinator and teaches bibliographic methods for LIU Global in Spain.
Carlos Lopez, Director of Europe Program
Carlos holds a B.A. and M.A. in Religion from the Florida State University, where he focused on the history of the Jewish tradition and theological dimensions of the Holocaust. He received his Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. He teaches courses on World Religion, Islam, and the religions of South Asia. He is the author of “Atharvaveda-Paippalada Kandas Thirteen and Fourteen: text, translation, and commentary” (2010, Harvard Oriental Series, vol. 6) and the forthcoming article, “Philological limits of translating religion: śraddhā and dharma in Hindu texts.”
Rachel Magruder, International Program Administrator
Rachel graduated from Long Island University – Global College in 2014 with a B.A. in Global Studies and a focus on non-profit management. She wrote her senior thesis on the intersection of religion and politics in modern Turkey. She has worked for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America and Refugee Services of Texas. She now works full time with LIU Global as International Program Administrator in the Costa Rica Center and Europe Program.
Colette Mazzucelli, Digital Learning Innovator
Colette holds a B.A. from the University of Scranton, a M.A.L.D. degree from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown. She is a part-time professor on faculty at NYU New York, Pioneer Academics Research Mentor Program, and LIU Global. She teaches courses in international relations, conflict resolution, radicalization and religion, European integration, and ethnic conflict. Her biography appears in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2016 and Marquis Who’s Who in America 2016. She currently advises senior students, teaches the synchronous International Relations World Education Seminar, and is developing the hybrid Europe Seminar in LIU Global’s Europe program. Colette is the author and/or editor of five books, including France and Germany at Maastricht Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union, as well as numerous journal articles in European integration and transatlantic security.