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The Team

Research Fellows 

Ian Donnellan is originally from San Francisco, and graduated in 2020 from Columbia University with a Master's Degree in European History, Politics and Society. He had previously graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in History. His concentrations are in German and European modern history, trans-Atlantic relations, the history of the interactions between the United States and Western Europe in the post-World War II period, and the creation of the modern European state. 


Mathias Valenta graduated from Columbia University in 2022 with an MA degree in European History, Politics, and Society. Prior to this he received a B.A. with High Honors in History and German Studies from Wesleyan University. Mathias’ academic focus has been on the theory of domestic and international political order, and the intellectual history of reactionary challenges to liberal constitutionalism. His current interests lie in exploring theoretical models of international order and their real world applications. 

Executive Director

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Tiziana Stella is a historian of US foreign policy, international organization, and federalism. Since 2004, she has been the Executive Director of the Streit Council, where she manages programs and research. She is currently working on an intellectual biography of Clarence Streit that focuses on the impact of federalist thinking on US foreign policy planning in the twentieth century.


Tiziana received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Pavia, Italy. She conducted her Ph.D. research in the US as a Fulbright Scholar and a Luigi Einaudi Foundation fellow. She has been a researcher with several European and American organizations, including the Luigi Firpo Foundation. Her dissertation won the Alberto Aquarone Prize for best work on American history.


Tiziana worked for the Council for a Community of Democracies in preparation for the Warsaw 2000 conference that, led by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, established the Community of Democracies. From 2001 to 2004, she directed the Euro-Atlantic Institute for International Integration Studies, overseeing the work of an American-Russian foreign policy research group.


She is the author of several publications and has been a speaker at numerous international conferences on issues related to the history of and prospects for the international order, and the reform of Western institutions. She taught at the Russian State University for the Humanities; the Moscow State Institute of International Relations; the Moscow State University; and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She also led academic seminars for the US National Guard’s Institute for National Defense Studies in Washington, DC; the US Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia; the University of Tubingen in Germany; and several Italian universities.


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Mike Dupre is an Undergraduate student at Boston University from New Hampshire studying Sociology, Business, and International Relations. On campus, he is the host of “Cold War Five: America’s Role Abroad” and has conducted research into non-proliferation as well as international conflicts. His academic interests include responsible national security and the convergence of diplomatic and defense strategy, particularly in relation to Russia and the Former Soviet Union. 

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