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Bruna Ladeira is a student at American University seeking her graduate certificate in Cross Cultural Communication.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Maryland and is currently employed in the Public Relations office at the Voice of America.  She volunteers as a PR consultant for Imagine Tomorrow, a non-profit organization focused on providing scholastic materials to children in developing countries around the world.  Her travels include Africa, Europe and South America for the purpose of both volunteer work and leisure.

Ryan Spagnolo is a first year graduate student in the International Communication program at the American University School of International Service.  His research interests include the role of social media in global public relations and the intersection of policy communication and development, especially in relation to governance reforms and participative democracy.

Ryan received his Bachelors of Arts cum laude in History from Cornell University, concentrating in International Relations and Modern European Studies. Studying abroad at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Strasbourg in 2007, he conducted research at the European Court of Human Rights through his field placement at a local French human rights practitioners association.  In 2008, he worked on bilateral US-EU trade policy and foreign aid assistance at his internship with the Economic Section of the U.S. Department of State Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

After his undergraduate studies, Ryan coordinated the outreach activities for the League of Women Voters of the United States’ Census 2010 project, strategically launching his project campaign efforts through social media in order to achieve its successful results. He then served as a recruiter for the Governance and Economic Growth sectors of the international development firm Development Alternatives Inc., where he contributed staffing to key USAID projects including the Kenya Women’s Peace Campaign and the Tajikistan Family Farming Project. Later, he joined the American Bar Association as the Program Associate for the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Ryan is thrilled to be part of this research forum and highly values his participation in the SIS 419-050: Social Media and Cultural-Political Transformation course with Professor Venturelli.

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Theresa Stromberg, 23, is a Graduate Student at American University’s School of International Service who is currently pursing an MA in International Communication with a focus on the Transatlantic Relationship between the United States and the European Union. She has interned for the State Department both in 2010 and in 2011 for the Diplomatic Mission to Germany, once at the Consulate in Frankfurt and again at the Embassy in Berlin.  Her passion is Public Diplomacy and International Relations and hopes to assist the effort in building better bridges overseas.

She graduated Cum Laude from McDaniel College located in her home state of Maryland in 2010. While attending, she was a part of the Music Honor Society (Beta Alpha Chi) and the Foreign Language Honor Society (Phi Sigma Iota).  She loves her supportive friends, expansive family, awesome boyfriend, loving parents, and amazing sister.

Some of her favorite hobbies are bike riding, playing music,  traveling, and blogging. She enjoys the  Smashing Pumpkins, random video games,  South Park, bread, and seafood.

Marc Rambeau is an M.A. candidate in International Communication at American University’s School of International Service. He is also Managing Editor of Intercultural Management Quarterly, a scholarly and professional journal published by the Intercultural Management Institute. Before moving to Washington, Marc worked with Cuban and Haitian refugees at the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned a B.A. in International Relations magna cum laude from Boston University and a diplôme du premier cycle with mention francophone from Sciences Po Paris. He speaks Russian in addition to French and Spanish.


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