Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy (TA). 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 Academy.
Prior to joining GMF, 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.
Nicholas S. Siegel is the Senior Program Officer at the Transatlantic Academy, where he helps design and implement Academy research activities and outreach strategies. His research focuses on the US-EU relationship, transatlantic security and economic issues, and Europe’s changing role in its neighborhood. Prior to joining the Academy, Mr. Siegel served as Assistant Director of the Transatlantic Program at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He has also worked in the history department at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria, and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He holds an M.A. from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is fluent in German and Spanish.
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.