Having grown up in The Netherlands, I lived, studied, and worked for 25 years in the U.S. before re-locating to Berlin. I received my B.A. in International Studies at Macalester College and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. After that, I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for 10 years. From 2000 until 2004, I directed the Berlin programs of American University and UNC Chapel Hill. I then became FU-BEST Academic Director in the course of 2005, charged with the conceptualization and development of this new program. I am a specialist on German, European, and transatlantic affairs and have published books and articles in these fields. Most recently, I published United City, Divided Memories? Cold War Legacies in Contemporary Berlin. Almost 20 years ago, I fell in love with Berlin, and so I find my work as FU-BEST Academic Director to be the logical outcome of a transatlantic biography that has ultimately come to focus on the fascinating German capital!