PGSGIS Staff

Argumentation Instructors

Rachel Oppenheimer
Rachel graduated with a PhD in history from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Her interests include dissent and protest as well as prison policy and political violence. She has taught numerous courses on American and European History at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Community College of Allegheny County. When she's not working Rachel enjoys hiking and watching youtube videos of unlikely animal friendships.

Language Instructors

Haixia Wang
Haixia Wang, Ph.D in Language, Literacy and Culture, focusing on teaching Chinese language and culture through sociocultural context. As the Program Coordinator at the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, she is responsible for professional development, pedagogical training and performance assessment in foreign language education.
Sandra Lovorn
Sandra holds two master’s degrees in education and has over twenty years of experience as a teacher of Portuguese, English, and Spanish. To date, she has visited 20 countries around the world, and has lived and worked in Brazil, Portugal, the UK, and of course, the USA. Sandra has taught students of all ages and from various economic and cultural backgrounds, and she is most passionate about language acquisition, and integral intersections of language and cultures. She currently resides in Buffalo, NY where she teaches Spanish at the high school level.
Ahmed Abdelwahab
Dr. Ahmed Abdelwahab is a world traveler who has; a Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Management and Public Administration, a Master’s in Economics, and an advanced diploma in public finance from Harvard University. Currently, he is the Principal of the Universal Academy of Pittsburgh, and prior served as Director of Capacity Building at the Center of Quality and Excellence in Education (UNESCO office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). He has taught Arabic at the University of Pittsburgh, California University of PA, and Allegheny County Community College. A favorite quotes is: ”I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”, by Albert Einstein.

Staff

Michael Goodhart
Michael Goodhart is the Director of the Global Studies Center and Professor of Political Science.
412-648-7409
Veronica Dristas
Associate Director of the Global Studies Center and Director of the Governor's School
412-624-2918
Maja Konitzer
Program Manager of the Global Studies Center
412-624-3487