Our Team

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Trond Petersen


My name is Trond Petersen. I am the Director of BISP, and a Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and also serve as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science. I grew up in Oslo, Norway, finished two Masters degrees at the University of Oslo and came to the United States in 1982 as a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I was previously at the Faculty in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University 1985-1988 and came to UC Berkeley in 1988. My research areas are on inequality, gender inequality, the role of family policy for equality, and quantitative methods.

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Jenny Cornet-Carrillo

Associate Director

My name is Jenny Cornet-Carrillo and I’m the Associate Director of the Berkeley International Study Program. I’ve spent the first seven and a half years with BISP overseeing the L&S part of our program and working with campus departments and international partners around the world. Beginning in 2022 I have shifted my focus to overseeing the entire BISP team and all of our programs. I’ve been on the UC Berkeley campus since 2005, working as a graduate advisor, undergraduate advisor, career counselor, commencement pit boss, and supporting students throughout their time in Berkeley, whether that be for one semester or for many years. I am a strong advocate for studying abroad, and I came to BISP because I love the idea of bringing students to Berkeley to enhance their studies at their home institutions.

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Louise Hon

Assistant Director

As the Assistant Director for BISP, I manage our BISP-Letters & Science program by collaborating with academic departments across campus and with international partners around the world. Prior to joining BISP, for over 15 years I guided UC Berkeley students who studied abroad in various locations around the world.

My passion for international education and advocacy for higher education access stemmed from being an immigrant and a first-generation college student. I studied abroad in Brazil and France as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and also worked abroad in Japan and China. Study abroad provides amazing opportunities for growth, understanding and discovery and I’m honored to be a part of that journey for our students.

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Bridgette Lehrer

Assistant Director, Marketing and Outreach

Hello, I’m Bridgette Lehrer. I’ve been fortunate to work in a variety of student advising and marketing/communications roles at UC Berkeley since 2007. As an art history undergraduate, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, which greatly enhanced my academic studies and altered my views of the world. Before and after completing an M.A. in Museum Studies, I focused on marketing, communications and fundraising for both public and private sectors before transitioning to higher education. One of my biggest pleasures through this unique study abroad program is to capture and promote BISP students' diverse experiences through storytelling, including interviews, videos, social media promotions, and marketing campaigns. It is a true honor to collaborate with BISP visiting students, university and campus partners, and parents.

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Shannon Buckley-Shaklee

Program Advisor

Hello all! My name is Shannon, and I am one of the Program Advisors. I advise BISP students and am the lead for planning our social activities and the Cultural Peer Mentors (CPM) Program. My own time studying abroad in the UK inspired my commitment to cross-cultural exchange and transformational international experiences. Before coming to UC Berkeley, I taught English language learners in Mexico, Panama, and New York City and worked at universities in China, South Korea, and Washington, D.C. I love helping visiting international students have experiences that are academically-enriching, result in meaningful friendships, and foster increased intercultural competency. 

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Emily Normile

Program Advisor

Hello! As a BISP Program Advisor I work closely with Letters and Science students especially, and I am thrilled to be a part of this program. I have a passion for international education and cultural exchange, having studied in Spain, worked in Australia, taught in Japan, and traveled to many countries. Now I travel the world through my work with amazing international students. Prior to BISP, I facilitated international programs at Stanford and UC Davis, primarily supporting undergrads, both visitors and new freshmen. Demystifying American culture for visitors is a real joy, and as a Midwesterner, I can appreciate the cultural quirks of California, the Bay Area, and UC. My hope is that students leave BISP transformed and inspired, with new perspectives and lifelong friends. Go Bears!

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Marina Romani

Program Advisor

Hello! My name is Marina Romani and I’ve been with the amazing BISP team since 2017, serving as an Academic Specialist and as a Program Advisor. I hold a PhD in Italian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MA in Comparative Literature from King’s College London. My areas of specialization include cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, academic writing and research, American and European history, Italian cinema, and the politics and phenomenology of live performance. I developed and taught original curricula that integrate culture and language teaching with music and artistic performance, and I presented my original research at conferences in Europe and in the US (Yale, NYU, University of Southern California, UCLA, among others). 

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Antonella Vitale

Academic Specialist

Hello, my name is Antonella Vitale and I am an academic advisor and lecturer with the Berkeley International Studies Program (BISP). I am excited to be part of the program and team, working closely with international students to ensure that their time here at Berkeley is productive and enjoyable. As an educator for over two decades, I have a wealth of experience working with all kinds of students and have enjoyed learning with them, and the bonds that we have built over time. I have taught college history (US history, World history, Women’s history, and European history) for the past ten years. I have a PhD in Modern European History with a focus on southern Italian studies from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. My work focuses on the history of Southern Italian culture, and issues of gender equality, sexual violence and the law. I have presented my research at various conferences in the United States including at the annual meeting of the American Historical Society. I am currently working on publishing my first monograph based on my dissertation project entitled, Fuitina: Love, Sex, and Rape in Modern Italy: 1945 to the present. 

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Jiaying Song

Academic Specialist

Hi! I am Jiaying Song, an academic advisor with BISP and an instructor of Sociology 198.  I have a Ph.D in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA. Born in China and educated in both China and the U.S, my experience has made me a more worldly person and a compassionate educator. Our world is increasingly interconnected, as such, the greatest value of education is to cultivate citizens with global competence. At BISP, I look forward to sharing my own experience as an international student and how it shaped me to become who I am today. I hope to instill critical thinking in my students and help them become more objective and receptive to differing viewpoints.

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Peiting C. Li

Academic Specialist

Peiting C. Li is an academic advisor with BISP. She completed a bachelor's degree in International Relations at Georgetown, a masters in East Asian Studies at Columbia, and a Ph.D. in History at UC Berkeley. She completed archival research in Shanghai as a Fulbright Fellow. Her research and pedagogical interests are in Chinese and Western notions of authority and efficacy in knowledge production and print media in the realms of science, medicine, education and art.

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