Nanovic Institute welcomes 3 new staff members

Author: Connor Bran

Three New Hires Fall 2019 Press Release Feature Image

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs welcomes three new colleagues: Grant Osborn, Anna Dolezal, and Jennifer Arosio.

Grant Osborn joins the Institute as assistant director, serving as faculty liaison and overseeing external grant writing, messaging, and special projects. A Double Domer, Grant received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2006 and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing in 2009. Prior to joining the Institute, Grant served for more than seven years at Notre Dame Research, including five at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He has considerable experience managing grants and directing marketing and communications programs in higher education.

Director of the Nanovic Institute, William Collins Donahue, commented: “Grant brings to the Institute a keen intellect, exceptional writing skills, experience with strategic communications, and a collegial approach. He is already a tremendous asset to the Institute. I am extraordinarily pleased that Grant has chosen to join us."

Anna Dolezal is new to both the University and the Nanovic Institute, joining as student programs assistant manager. Anna previously served as global learning advisor for Washington State University International Programs. She holds a master’s degree in international and European politics from the University of Edinburgh. Her new role will provide an opportunity to combine her interests in Europe with her rich student advising experience.

“I am impressed with Anna’s passion both for Europe and for student programming,” Donahue said. “She will mentor student projects that remain at the heart of the Nanovic Institute. We are lucky to have her.”

To enhance the Nanovic Institute’s tradition of excellence in hospitality and events, Jennifer Arosio has joined the Institute in the role of events coordinator. A native of Italy, and holding a degree in Italian Studies from the University of Milan, Italy, Jenni has extensive events management and accounting experience. Working under the direction of Melanie Webb, operations assistant director, Jenni will welcome the many delegations, distinguished visitors, and students who engage with the Nanovic Institute.

“These are extraordinary candidates, each at the top of highly-competitive searches,” remarked Monica Caro, senior associate director of the Nanovic Institute. “I could not be more pleased than to be joined by these talented new colleagues who are committed to the Institute’s mission not only in what we do but how we do it.”

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame is committed to creating an interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, societies, and institutions that shape Europe today. The institute is an integral part of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.