This page will serve as a central hub for information, resources, and connection as we navigate our remote and hybrid academic year. You will find information on:


Declaring the major

Please email the Department Chair, Professor Ahmed Samatar ( .  You may wish to review the Advisory Planning Sheet prior to declaring.  


General Department Office Hours & Contact Information

Carnegie 409 will be closed for student use.  

If you have any general questions, feel free to email department coordinator Janessa Cervantes at
Janessa will also hold Zoom office hours for general student questions and check-ins on Thursdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm CT.

You may also use our remote reception area during the following Module 1 hours:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:00am -12:30pm CT
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:30 – 1:00pm CT
  • Fridays: 11:30am – 1:00pm CT

Here, you will be assisted by one of our student office & research assistants, Helen Meigs ’21 and Jacob Geers ’21.  Feel free to ask questions about classes, International Studies, life at Mac, favorite tea, or whatever is on your mind.


Faculty Office Hours & Contact Information


Ahmed Samatar, Department Chair

General inquiries for the major are often best addressed through email. Please contact Prof. Samatar at for your initial point of inquiry. 

For advisees and students enrolled in class with Prof. Samatar, email is also often the best place to start.  You may use the office hours provided in class, or send an email.  


Nadya Nedelsky

Office Hours:



David Moore

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30pm CT, and by appointment.  Email for Zoom link.



Vanessa Voller

Office Hours: Friday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT or by appointment via Zoom



James von Geldern

Office Hours:

  • Mondays 12:30pm-1:30pm CT
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15pm -4:30pm CT
  • Sign up for remote office hours via GoogleCalendar



Building Community

Get to know your fellow IS majors and check out our Virtual Major Wall (see email for access password).

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to engage virtually with the International Studies department!

Interested in planning and carrying out department events and activities?  Email to get involved. 

In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram @macinternationalstudies