Ellen Gilley
Director of Programs and Strategy
Prior to joining FASPE, Ellen Gilley served as the legal advisor to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and practiced law as an associate at the Boston offices of Ropes & Gray. A native of Canada, Ellen grew up in Vancouver. She received her JD and LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University and earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from McGill University in Montreal, where she focused her studies on the German resistance to Hitler. This focus, in part, is what drew Ellen to become a FASPE Law fellow in 2011.

Thorsten Wagner
Academic Director
Thorsten Wagner is a German-Danish historian. Born and raised in Sønderborg, Denmark, Thorsten completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and has lived in Berlin since 1993. He conducted graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin, earning his MA from the TU Berlin in 1998 in modern history, political science and German literature. After serving as an educator at the Jewish Museum of Berlin and a research fellow at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, since 2010 Thorsten has held a permanent position as associate professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)/University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Linnea Michaels
Director of Development

Talia Bloch
Director of Visibility and Public Discourse
Talia Bloch is a writer, journalist and educator. She has taught at Princeton University and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Pre-GED Program, and has served as an educational program coordinator at Connecticut College. Talia has written for The Brooklyn Rail, the Forward, Tablet and other papers. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Antioch Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner and The Southern Review. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Yale University, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in comparative literature from Princeton University.