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The UNO-Innsbruck Team and how to contact us:


Alea Morelock Cot, Assistant Provost for International Education

I was born in Alabama and grew up with the advantage of living in the suburbs of many wonderful U.S. cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.  My worldview really changed when I took my first trip to Europe as a sophomore in high school. I was an AFS exchange student to Thailand the following year, and spent my university junior year abroad in Madrid, Spain.  After graduating from Tulane with an M.A. in International Relations, I spent a year working in Washington, D.C.  I have been privileged to be a member of the UNO Division of International Education since 1988.  During this time I have led numerous educational trips to Europe, nurtured the Intensive English Language Program, recruited international students in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and have served in professional leadership roles at the state, regional and national levels.  I love working with students and helping them explore new countries and cultures, whether they are U.S. Americans abroad or internationals in New Orleans.  The students’ excitement and energy motivate and inspire me daily.  I speak Spanish, some German and I keep hoping to learn more Czech.  (My Thai is pretty rusty!)  My husband and I have one daughter and a cat named Momo.



Robert Dupont, Academic Director

Robert Dupont is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. In that capacity he teaches Urban History, 20th Century American History, and Post-WWII European History. His research interests include the History of New Orleans, Public Works, and the Relationship between Film and Teaching American History. He is the author of "On Higher Ground-UNO at 50. A history of UNO.' He is working on a long-term project to create an encyclopedia of New Orleans.
Prior to joining the Department of History, Prof. Dupont served as a UNO Administrator for many years. He was Dean of Metropolitan College, and UNO's Vice-Chancellor for Budget and Strategic Planning. He has taught for the UNO-Innsbruck Summer many times. In 2019 he will once again serve as the Summer School's Academic Director.



Irene Ziegler, Program Director

As a native of Austria, it is a great honor and pleasure for me to direct the Innsbruck International Summer School and accompany students and faculty to my home country each summer. I came to the University of New Orleans in 1992 as an exchange student from the University of Innsbruck, and this study abroad experience has truly changed my life! Since then, I have worked in the UNO Division of International Education with various programs, have accompanied students to Austria, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and have taught English, ESL, and German at UNO. I majored in Foreign Languages, English, and Education and earned a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Graz (Austria).
I live in New Orleans with my husband, a native New Orleanian, and our two children. I try to teach my children to keep an open mind about other cultures, to embrace differences, and to always try new foods!


Mariana Zanotti Martinez, Program Coordinator

This will be my tenth summer with the Innsbruck International Summer School and all I can say is that I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every year! This position is a wonderful opportunity for me given my background, my love for traveling and how much I enjoy working with students and parents. I was born in New York, lived in Monte-Carlo for 13 years and Miami for 2 years before I moved to New Orleans in 2003. After completing my B.A. in French at Tulane University, I worked there in Housing and New Student Orientation for several years before taking this position at UNO. I speak French, Italian and some Spanish. You will probably recognize my love for photography when you see me taking hundreds of pictures at our events in Innsbruck. As the summer approaches, I am excited about returning to Innsbruck and meeting all the Summer School participants.


Gabrielle Bonck, Student Worker

I was born in Alabama, but raised in Gulfport, MS and Ketchikan, AK. My family is originally from New Orleans. I spent my freshman year of university in Honolulu, HI, before transferring to UNO. I am working towards a degree in Biology with a minor in History. I have always loved to travel and experience new places and cultures. My first solo international trip was to Australia and New Zealand. The summer of 2017 I went to Kyoto, Japan with the UNO-Japan program. This last summer (2018) I spent six wonderful weeks in Innsbruck, Austria with the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. I enjoyed it so much, I had to get involved and am glad to now serve as a Student Assistant in the UNO-Innsbruck office. I look forward to helping all of you with tips and tricks to make your summer in Innsbruck the best!


Oliver Steininger, Student Worker

I was born in New Orleans although I grew up in Innsbruck, Austria and call myself an Austrian native. I have family in the United States which allowed me to travel here many times while I was still living in Austria. Working in the UNO-Innsbruck office offers me a wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge of both cultures and my love for traveling. After graduating from High School in Innsbruck, I stayed for another year and studied English and American Studies, as well as History at the University of Innsbruck before transferring to the University of New Orleans and enrolling as a film major to fulfill my dream of being a director. While studying in Innsbruck I worked for the American Corner, an institution which offers information about American culture and studying in the US in order to strengthen the ties between the United States and Austria.



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