The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.
Nicolas Stahelin, Program Director
Nicolas Stahelin is an educator and political ecologist who has worked in the field of experiential learning, international and cross-cultural exchange, school-community partnerships, and higher education for nearly fifteen years. He has a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College, an MA in international educational development from Columbia University, and is in the final stages of his doctoral candidacy in international and comparative education, also at Columbia. His teaching and research engage with sustainability in global and comparative perspectives at the intersection of political ecology, environmental justice, globalization studies, and the sociology of education. In recent research, Nicolas examined the ideological divergence between critical environmental education movements in Brazil and UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He is an alum (fall 2000) and former program assistant (spring 2001, 2003–2004) of SIT’s Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology program in Northern Brazil. More recently he was the director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Columbia University. Originally of Swiss-Brazilian nationality, Nicolas lived for twenty years in Brazil and Venezuela and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Anna Gail Caunca, MA, Program Manager
Anna Gail's previous work experience has focused on the areas of youth and young adult leadership development, community-building, residential life and student welfare, international education, and human rights education. Building on her graduate studies in social justice and international education, Anna Gail worked with World Learning’s Youth Leadership and Peacebuilding Programs facilitating workshops with the Governor’s Institute of Vermont on current issues and youth activism and traveling with and supporting students through the LondonX and Iraqi Youth Leadership Program for two years. In 2013, she traveled as the IHP Trustees Fellow for the inaugural year of the Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy. After four adventurous years living in Wellington, New Zealand, she is excited for a new chapter as the IHP program manager in 2015.
Anna Gail earned her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from SIT Graduate Institute with an MA in intercultural service, leadership, and management and received her educator’s licensure in secondary education: social studies, incorporating social justice in the classroom. She is a vegetarian, photographer-in-the-making, and running enthusiast with a hearty laugh.
Jen Angel, Launch Coordinator, San Francisco
Jen Angel is a freelance communications consultant and event producer in Berkeley, California, through the group Aid & Abet. She has been a writer and activist for more than 15 years and works closely with anarchist and social justice movements. Jen is also the coordinator of Agency, an anarchist public relations project, and a member of the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair coordinating committee. With Jason Kucsma, she co-founded and published Clamor Magazine, an award-winning magazine covering radical culture and politics, from 1999 to 2006. She is a founding board member of Allied Media Projects, a nonprofit independent media advocacy organization. She has been called a “visionary” by Utne Reader and a “pioneering media activist” by Bitch magazine.
Phuong Hoang, Country Coordinator, Vietnam
Phuong earned a master’s degree in sustainable development from SIT Graduate Institute in 2010 and a bachelor of science in international relations from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, in 2007. After ten years studying and living in the US, Phuong moved back to Vietnam in late 2010 and worked for UN-REDD Programme Vietnam as a communication and network officer, and now she is a coordinator for Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+ with UNDP Vietnam.
Jawad Moustakbal, Country Coordinator, Morocco
Jawad Moustakbal graduated in 2000 with a degree in civil engineering from the EHTP engineering school in Casablanca. He worked as project manager in several companies including OCP, the Moroccan phosphates state company. He is working as consultant in construction management services (CMS). He worked also as a temporary professor in Bouchaib Doukali University. Jawad is also an active member of ATTAC/CADTM Morocco and ACME: Moroccan association for an international water agreement.
Kathryn Ledebur, Country Coordinator, Bolivia
Kathryn Ledebur studied Andean history at FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador, and is a graduate of Oberlin College. She has collaborated with a series of human rights and drug policy organizations in the United States and Latin America. Since 1997, she has worked at the Andean Information Network (AIN), which promotes human rights and socioeconomic justice in Bolivia and more humane and effective illicit drug control policies. AIN provides information and analysis to NGO colleagues, the media, and international policymakers on developments in Bolivia and the impact of the US government and European policies. Working closely with civil society organizations in Latin America and the United States, AIN promotes policy dialogue and the development of pragmatic alternatives that address the underlying economic, social, political, and cultural needs of Bolivia. Kathryn lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and has been AIN’s director since 1999. She is the author of numerous articles as well as the chapter on Bolivia in the book Drugs and Democracy in Latin America (2003).
Priya Chandrasekaran, Traveling Faculty
Priya Chandrasekaran has joined SIT after teaching anthropology at Hunter College and liberal arts at Pratt Institute. She has an MFA in fiction writing from the New School and is an advanced doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research concerns food as a nexus through which to examine the entanglement of human rights, labor exploitation, natural resource dispossession, aesthetic shifts, and political solidarities. Her NSF-supported dissertation investigates how women farmers and rain-fed grains in the north Indian hills are situated in regional, national, and transnational circuits of political economy, food production, and rural activism as well as how women farmers' knowledge and labor are implicated in competing projects for “food security/sovereignty,” “biodiversity,” and “development.” She has extensive professional background as a college writing tutor, outdoor educator, and leader of service learning programs throughout the Global South. She has also been a Fellow at the Center for the Humanities; the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Caitlyn Clark, Trustees’ Fellow
Caitlyn Clark is pursuing her degree in sustainable development at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She received her BA in cultural anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 2007 and spent the following summer studying Maya archaeology in Mexico. Caitlyn then moved to Philadelphia where she served in AmeriCorps for two years working in public high schools. She also rehabbed an abandoned elementary school garden, taught summer school, coached soccer, and frequented many farmer’s markets. But it was a humanitarian trip to Cuba in 2006 that fostered Caitlyn’s passion for traveling, more specifically, traveling with the purpose of engaging with people in different countries, while studying cultural, socioeconomic, and political factors within a specific context. Before moving to Vermont, she returned to Cuba and then backpacked through Latin America for eight months, setting up volunteer gigs along the way. She started in Peru, where she served as the coordinator for undergraduate students in an archaeological field school, and ended in Guatemala, at a health and nutrition nonprofit serving youth in the Tz’utujil community. Caitlyn’s studies at SIT have merged her interests in Latin America, sustainable food systems, climate change, and community development.