Europe Program

Faculty and Staff


Giovanna Arecchi (International Program Administrator)
(BA Global Studies, LIU) graduated from LIU Global in 2016 after studying in Costa Rica, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, and the USA. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she has been based between Competa and Benicassim, Spain, since 2011. Currently, Giovanna is the International Program Administrator for the Europe program and will support students in Spain and Italy. She is also a professional yoga teacher and a yoga teacher trainer.

Rainer Braun (Adjunct Faculty)
(Ph.D. and B.A. 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 European program in London and Berlin, and advises and teaches in the Capstone program.

Jocelyn Lieu (Senior Thesis Coordinator)
(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.

Colette Mazzucelli (Adjunct Faculty)
(PhD Georgetown, EdM Teachers College (Columbia), MALD Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard), BA U Scranton) is Digital Learning Innovator at LIU Global. Since 2014 she has advised senior thesis students, taught the synchronous International Relations World Education Seminar across several continents, and developed the on-site Europe Seminar in Vienna and Budapest. She is leading with James Felton Keith The Ethics of Personal Data Collection Series for Anthem Press (New York, London, New Delhi). A participant in the Bled Strategic Forum 2018 and the Parallel Histories conference in the House of Lords, she is an alumna of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies. Her diplomatic experience includes hosting the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at New York University in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. A BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader, in 2016 she was named an Ambassador of Peace in recognition of her service as an educator with 20+ years’ experience in technology-mediated learning. The author and/or editor of five books, including Leadership in the Big Bangs of European Integration with Derek Beach (Palgrave 2007) and France and Germany at Maastricht Politics and Negotiations to Create the European Union (Routledge 1997), she has taught courses since 2005 on graduate faculty in conflict resolution, radicalization & religion, international relations in the post-Cold War era, ethnic conflict, and Europe in the 21st Century at NYU New York. A Fulbright Scholar to Belgium and Germany (2007) as well as France (1991), her courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations in Foreign Affairs. During 2000-03, she was responsible to direct and teach the first technology-mediated seminar in the history of the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) Paris analyzing conflict in the former Yugoslavia. She is a former Director, International Programs, Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies, Budapest University of Economic Sciences, 1995-97. As a participant in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for Future American Leaders, she assisted with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union (“Maastricht”) in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1992-93.

Robert "Logan" Sparks (Director)
(PhD Department of Culture and Language Studies, Tilburg University, MA Study of Religions, University of London, SOAS, BA Spanish, London Metropolitan) is a cultural analyst and anthropologist who has spent much of his life in Europe and its borders, such as Andalucía, the Balkans, and Turkey, where he moved after completing his doctorate. His fieldwork has taken him as far as South Africa and as close to home as Mexico and the Southwest. Dr. Sparks’ teaching career in the social sciences has taken him to the Netherlands, Turkey, and to work with Native American students at the Bureau of Indian Education, among other settings. His work is highly interdisciplinary while also placing emphasis on the ritual and religious life of the communities where he has lived, taught and researched since his initial time in Friends World almost two decades ago. Logan Sparks is a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, and a member of SIEF (Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore).