Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy (TA), based at the Washington office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). As Executive Director, Dr. Szabo works with the partners of the TA to shape the research content of each term, to assist in the recruitment and selection of Fellows and to manage the TA.
Prior to the founding of the TA, Dr. Szabo had been with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Academic and Interim Dean as well as Professor of European Studies. Prior to that he had served as Professor of National Security Affairs at the National Defense University and Chairman of West European Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. He has written on German foreign and security policies, generational politics in Europe, and transatlantic security and political relations. His publications include The Changing Politics of German Security, The Diplomacy of German Unification, Parting Ways: The Crisis in the German-American Relationship, and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics.
Jessica M. Hirsch is the Program Coordinator at the Transatlantic Academy. At the Academy, Ms. Hirsch provides support, budgeting, and program coordination for the Fellows. Prior to joining the Academy, she was an intern in the Foreign Policy and Civil Society program at GMF. Ms. Hirsch holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware.
Theodore A. Reinert is Program Officer at the Transatlantic Academy. At the Academy, Mr. Reinert manages and edits publications, works with the Fellows and other staff on programming and Academy management, and coordinates with partners. He previously served as a research assistant with the Academy during the 2012-13 year and in other research roles with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the New York University Center on International Cooperation, and the Center for European Policy Analysis; as a fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States working on the Euspring project on democracy and citizenship in North Africa; as a media analyst with SOS International LLC; as a journalist; and as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Hamburg.
Mr. Reinert holds an M.A. in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in English and German from Bowdoin College.