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Dr. Abraham Kim


Ph.D in Political Science from Columbia University, 2007
M.A. in Regional Studies: East Asia from Harvard University, 1995
B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, 1993

Dr. Abraham Kim comes to the Mansfield Center with over 15 years of experience in policy leadership. Prior to joining us, he served as the Vice President and former Interim President of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C. His background also includes the global political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group, where he served as the research manager of government services and as the principal Korea analyst; the Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) as a project manager developing collaborative methodologies for a variety of U.S. government agencies and corporations; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst.

Dr. Kim has also published numerous articles on Northeast Asia, including works in The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Washington Times, Foreign Policy, JoongAng Ilbo, and The Korea Times.

Phone: (406) 243-6778


Angela Austin

Angela Austin

Faculty Support

B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana, In Progress

Angela is a student at the University of Montana, studying psychology. She is in her senior year and plans to continue on to her Master's after graduation. She joined the Mansfield Center in September 2012 and provides support to the Confucius Institute and the Mansfield Center.

Phone: (406) 243-2974

Mercedes Becker

Mercedes Becker

Student Intern

B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana, In Progress

Mercedes is a sophomore studying psychology and political science. She supports the Mansfield Center's various international exchange programs. She is from Belgrade, MT.


Beth A. Diettert

Beth A. Diettert

Fiscal and Personnel Manager

Beth Diettert manages financial records for The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, including data entry, payroll processing, extensive grant monitoring, invoice and form processing, creation of detailed financial reports, and reconciliation of State, Designated, Auxiliary, and grant budgets. She provides financial guidance and support to the Mansfield Center personnel. She also works with staff to organize scheduling for training and exchange programs, as well as supervising administrative assistants and student interns.

Phone: (406) 243-2831

Christopher FreimundChristopher Freimund

Student Intern

Chris is a senior at the University of Montana whose studies focus on global and international issues. He grew up in Missoula, Montana and loves to hike, camp, read, and travel. He plans to study abroad in Argentina in the upcoming year. Chris is looking forward to meeting and connecting with participants of the SUSI program.


Robert Hausmann

Dr. Robert B. Hausmann

Special Assistant for International Development

Ph.D. in English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin
M.A. in English Linguistics from the University of Alabama
B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College

Dr. Hausmann was professor of Linguistics at the University of Montana from 1971 to 2005.  He chaired the Linguistics Program from 1973 until 2003, during which time he founded and directed English Language Programs and the English Language Institute. He founded and directed the Soros English Language Fellow Program for the Newly Independent States for the Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia under grants from the Open Society Institute from 1990 to 2000. He currently is professor emeritus in Linguistics and since 2004 has directed the Special English Language Program for Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan.  He is a consultant to several Japanese and Eastern European universities and develops international linkages for the Center and for International Programs.

Don Loranger

Don Loranger

Director, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program
Major General (USAF, Ret.)

Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1985-1986
Air War College, Maxwell AFB, 1982
Defense Language Institute (French), 1975
M.A. in International Affairs from Michigan State University, 1974
B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Montana, 1966

General Loranger retired after thirty years of USAF service as an operational pilot and specialist in US national security policy. He served as the Deputy POLAD, SACEUR and commanded three different air force bases: Little Rock AFB, AR; Rhein-Main AB, Germany; and Canon AFB, NM. He also directed Provide Promise, the humanitarian aerial resupply of Eastern Bosnia (1992-1994) and served as commander of Joint Task Force/Southwest Asia (Iraqi no-fly zone enforcement). 

Phone: (406) 243-3610

Deena Mansour

Deena Mansour

Associate Director

M.P.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula, 1998
B.A. in International Relations and Economics from The American University, Washington DC, 1990

Deena Mansour manages the Public Policy and Leadership Initiative, the Vietnam Affairs Program, the Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues, and other international exchange initiatives. She has extensive programmatic expertise in educational exchange programs. A former foreign service officer in the public affairs cone, she has worked in Southeast Asia and on environmental issues. Prior to that, she arranged Department of State international exchange programs with the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. She has also worked in marketing and community outreach for a Dow Jones community newspaper. Deena has worked or studied in nearly 40 countries.

Phone: (406) 243-2713

Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson

Fellow (Communications), Faculty Affiliate

Matthew is responsible for the Mansfield Center's external communications, public and media relations, as well as online and offline marketing.

A 5th generation Montanan of Norwegian decent, Matt was raised on lower Rock Creek & graduated from the University of Montana in 2002 with degrees in International Business and Japanese. After 12 years in Asia (Japan, Hong Kong/China, Singapore) expanding an APAC-based foreign multinational technology company, Matt and his family returned home to live the Montana-life in the summer of 2013. Chizuko, Tage, and Kotone love being in Western Montana and the many opportunities to enjoy the clean air & outdoor activities.

Phone: (406) 360-6443

Suhan Chen

Suhan Chen

Assistant Director
Executive Director, Confucius Institute

M.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana, 2009
M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, 2006
B.A. in Journalism from Jilin University, China, 2003

Suhan Chen is a Beijing native who servces as the Assistant Director of Mansfield Center and the Executive Director of Confucius Institute at The University of Montana, in charge of community outreach and Chinese language and culture education for K-12 schools in Montana as well as other China related exchange programs for the Center. Ms. Chen worked as an editor of international news for China Central Television (CCTV) and as a reporter in training for the Science Department of Guangming Daily prior to her education in Japan and the U.S. She is fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese. She has been one of the young leaders of Pacific Forum CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)-Young Leader Program since 2007. She also represented the University of Montana in leading the Montana Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater to China as a pre-Olympic Sino-US exchange program in 2008 and for four performances at Shanghai Expo in 2010.

Phone: (406) 243-2895

Caitlin Sager

Caitlin Sager

Administrative Assistant

B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Montana, 2013
Minor in Chinese from the University of Montana
Minor in Communications from the University of Montana

Caitlin Sager assists with programs throughout the Mansfield Center and the Confucius Institute. She began with the Mansfield Center as an intern and student staffer during her senior year at the University of Montana, after returning from a year long exchange with the Shanghai International Studies University. Her studies focused on Chinese language, culture, and politics.

Phone: (406) 243-2965

Dane Scott

Dr. Dane Scott

Director, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program

Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University
M.A. in Philosophical Theology from Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA)
B.S. from the University of California, Riverside

Dr. Dane Scott specializes in bioethics, environmental ethics, and agricultural and food ethics. He is also interested in the philosophy of technology, American pragmatism, and the philosophy of religion.

Phone: (406) 243-6632

Kelsey Stamm

Kelsey Stamm

Program Manager

M.A. in Political Science from the University of Montana
B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University
Minor in Women's Studies from Montana State University

Kelsey Stamm manages the American Youth Leadership Program in Cambodia and the Economic Empowerment Project, and she assists with other international exchange programs through the Mansfield Center. Kelsey is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from El Salvador, where she worked with local government and non-profits to improve municipal services and community participation in development projects. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked as a grant writer and outreach coordinator for the international conservation non-profit, Ecology Project International (EPI). Kelsey has also spent time researching migration in Mexico and continues to study issues within international development and human rights. 

Phone: (406) 243-2838
Fax: (406) 243-2181

James Park Taylor

James Park Taylor

Director, Mansfield Legal Reform Initiative

J.D from the University of Montana

James Park Taylor is a criminal defense lawyer in private practice in Missoula.  He graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1980. He is a faculty affiliate with the UM School of Law as their Coordinator of International Opportunities and with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center as their Director of the Legal Reform Initiative. He is a life member of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a former Chairman of the Montana Public Defender Commission. From 2008 to 2010, he worked in China on behalf of the Mansfield Center on a criminal justice project training law professors, criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and police officers. He has also trained lawyers in Georgia, England, Ireland, Hungary, India, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. In 2011 he did a Fulbright Specialist placement at the University of Pecs in Hungary and is now preparing for his second Fulbright Specialist placement, which will either be in Nepal or Peru.


Mansfield Fellows

Otto Koester

Otto Koester

Senior Mansfield Fellow

Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs, Duke University, 1978-79
M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1971
B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967

Otto Koester has been a Peace Corps Volunteer (1968-70); a Lecturer at Princeton University (1974-76); the Deputy Director of the Salzburg Seminar, (1984-88); a Program Officer with the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC (1989-93); and the Director of Grant writing at the University of Montana (2003-2010).

He was Co-Director of the Confucius Institute and maintains teaching and research interests in international negotiation and conflict management, especially between the United States and China.

He served as the Associate Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center from 2010-2013.

Phone: (406) 243-2050

Kim Maynard

Dr. Kimberly A. Maynard

Mansfield Fellow in International Affairs

Ph.D. in International Affairs from The Union Institute

Dr. Kim Maynard joined the Mansfield Center as its first Mansfield Fellow in International Affairs in November 2011. She has a unique combination of teaching, research, writing, and field experience on problems of international development, humanitarian assistance, analysis of conflict, post-conflict  recovery, and practical means for restoring stability and peace. She has worked for more than 20 years as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State and Agency for International Development, World Bank, UN agencies, and numerous international NGOs. Dr. Maynard has taught graduate classes at American University and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. At the Mansfield Center she conducts research, gives occasional lectures, leads workshops, and currently teaches a course on transitions from war to peace.


Terry Weidner

Dr. Terry Weidner

Mansfield Senior Fellow in Asian Affairs

Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of California, Davis
M.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. from St. Lawrence University
Associate Director, International Programs, University of Kansas, 1991-1998
Director, Asian Affairs Center and Missouri International Training Center, University of Missouri, 1998-2003
Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 2003-2012
Professor, Department of Political Science, the University of Montana, Current

Dr. Terry Weidner is proficient in Chinese and worked as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as a Chinese political and economic analyst for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service in Washington, DC. His academic interests include Chinese political economy, business, and U.S.-China relations.

Phone: (406) 243-2281
Fax: (406) 243-2181

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