Meet the Staff

The staff at Syracuse London work to provide the academic, programming, and operational support that students need to have a successful and enriching experience abroad.

We are as international as our students: the twenty staff members of Syracuse London have lived or worked in over two dozen countries, and half of us were born outside the UK.

Previous experiences have included curating at the Victoria & Albert Museum, working at The Royal London Hospital, and testifying at The United Nations. Our hobbies range from baking to biking, gaming to gardening.

We are also happy to have a large group of British students and Syracuse alumni who support our Arrivals & Orientation program as local guides, and regularly host work-study students during their semesters abroad. To learn more about opportunities to join the Syracuse London staff, please see our Vacancies page.

 

Learn more about who makes what happen around Faraday House by browsing the profiles below.

To get in touch with a member of staff, please see our Contact Us page.

 

Meghan Callahan

Meghan Callahan

Teaching & Learning
Meet Dr Callahan

Dr Meghan Callahan is the Assistant Director for Teaching & Learning. A Syracuse alumna, she received an M.A. in Art History as a Florence Fellow at Syracuse Florence after earning a B.A. from Trinity University in Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University. From 2006-2008, Dr Callahan was a Kress Curatorial Fellow on the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Her research interests are in the architectural and artistic patronage of the sixteenth-century mystic Sister Domenica da Paradiso, and Italian Renaissance sculpture. She has published in The Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Studies, and The Burlington Magazine, as well as in various collections of essays, including the recent book dedicated to emeritus professor Gary Radke of Syracuse University.

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Eva Cuevas

Eva Cuevas

Facilities
Meet Eva

After finishing her degree in business studies in her home country of Spain, Eva Cuevas moved to London to experience what this amazing city has to offer…and she never got tired of it! After working in a variety of customer services roles in the hospitality industry, Eva moved into facilities management. She comes to Syracuse London from companies such as Pearson Education and Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis – the world’s largest commercial real estate services company.

Eva has a young family, with whom she enjoys a great deal of quality time. On the rare night out, though, she is quite the salsa dancing queen!

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Viktorija Dimaite

Viktorija Dimaite

Reception
Meet Viktorija

Born and raised in Lithuania, Viktorija moved to Florida when she was 16 years old to finish high school and was fortunate to earn a full Student-Athlete Scholarship at University of Florida while pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Anthropology. Viktorija also completed her master’s degree in Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management at the University of Florida. Viktorija loves basketball, having played for several club teams and the national team in Lithuania then as division1 student athlete in America.

Viktorija previously worked in hospitality at the Hilton and really enjoy interacting and meeting new people. She is fairly new to London, having moved here in January 2018, so in her spare time she likes to explore new places and loves outdoor activities and sports. She also enjoys watching good movies and being in the company of great friends.

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Emmanuelle Dirix

Emmanuelle Dirix

Learning Advocacy
Meet Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle is a cultural theorist who specialises in fashion studies. A graduate from the University of Sussex, Professor Dirix has worked in higher education for eighteen years, lecturing at Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, and the Royal College of Art as well as serving as head of critical and contextual studies at the Antwerp Fashion Academy since 2009. As well as teaching “Fashion in Focus” and “Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media” at Syracuse London, Professor Dirix serves as our Learning Advocate, ensuring every student is able to excel and make the most of their academic time in Britain.

Emmanuelle’s most recent work includes “Dressing the Decades” (Yale University Press) and several academic journal articles for “Film, Fashion & Consumption”, “Fashion Theory Russia” and the journal “Clothing Cultures”. She has curated several major travelling fashion exhibitions including “Unravel” for the Fashion Museum in Antwerp. Aside from her academic practice, Emmanuelle works as a freelance fashion branding and communications consultant for the luxury industry, is a columnist for KingKong magazine, and is regularly contacted by leading international news outlets as a subject expert.

In her free time, Emmanuelle escapes the city by through-hiking, wild camping, and running after a small child.

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Becca Farnum

Becca Farnum

Community Outreach
Meet Becca

Dr Becca Farnum is an environmental activist-academic currently serving as our Community Outreach Advocate. Becca began working at Syracuse London in September 2017 as she was finishing her PhD at King’s College London, which explored conservation and peace activism in the Middle East and North Africa. Becca’s past work has involved contributing to the International Law Commission’s policy on environmental peacebuilding; running an educational exchange between Norway and Norfolk; and serving a stint with Michelle Obama’s Correspondence Team at The White House. Dr Farnum’s teaching focuses on inclusive learning and transformative pedagogies, supporting students to understand and purposefully impact global change.

Originally from the US, Becca moved to the UK as a Marshall Scholar and has been passionate about student opportunities in Europe ever since. When not in Faraday House, Becca loves hiking mountains and deserts around the world, swimming in oceans and lakes, and baking cookies en masse.

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Marco Figueiredo

Marco Figueiredo

IT & Operations
Meet Marco

Marco, our Assistant Director for IT & Operations, holds a BSc in Computing (Software Engineering Pathway) from the University of Westminster. Marco has previously worked in various IT roles, ranging from developer to team leader in the finance and education sectors.

Marco is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and in his free time, enjoys retro gaming, classic horror movies and music.

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Eugenia Francis-Williams

Eugenia Francis-Williams

Student Records
Meet Eugenia

Eugenia Francis-Williams joined Syracuse University London in 1986 and has held a number of roles. She is now serving as Registrar.

Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, Eugenia joined her parents and siblings in London in 1961. She enjoys family gatherings, cooking, dancing and keeping fit.

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Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith

Cultural Immersion
Meet Rosie

Rosie serves as one of our Cultural Immersion Advisers, overseeing student arrivals and coordinating programming that enables students to make the most of their time abroad. Born and bred in London, she is particularly well qualified to help students become members of this diverse city. Rosie joined Syracuse in June 2019 with experience at an intergenerational arts charity and national Holocaust education initiative and an honours degree in War Studies from the University of Birmingham.

When not in the office or on the road with students, Rosie can be found hosting parties for care home residents, attending dance classes, and listening to podcasts.

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Troy Gordon

Troy Gordon

Director
Meet Dr Gordon

Dr Troy Gordon earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001-2006, Dr Gordon was Lecturer in Writing Programs at UCLA, and in 2007 he relocated to London to serve as Head of the Media & Communications Department and later as Associate Dean at Hult International Business School.

In 2012, Dr Gordon took up the post of Academic Director at Syracuse London before stepping into the role of Director, a position he has held since 2014. Dr Gordon researches, teaches and presents on techniques and uses of mass persuasion; the study of mass atrocities and post-conflict societies; critical perspectives on US foreign policy; male/female friendship; study abroad education; and the changing nature of work and organisational life in the 21st century.

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Stephen Halliday

Stephen Halliday

Cultural Engagement
Meet Stephen

Stephen is our Cultural Engagement Manager. He attended Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) for his undergraduate degree, where he completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sport & Exercise Science. Stephen then continued his education at CCCU, obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Over the past six years, Stephen has been teaching and managing courses in secondary education.

At Syracuse London, Stephen brings his wealth of experience in both education and sport to build programming around London, the UK, and Europe for students abroad. His special interest in how field trips and independent experiences can complement formal academic learning led Stephen to create our flagship London Passport program, which gives students a way to reflect on and receive recognition for extra- and co-curricular activities and travel.

Stephen is a keen sportsman who plays competitive football (that’s soccer, for you Americans) and rugby.

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Goks Joshi

Goks Joshi

IT Assistance
Meet Goks

Gokulna, our IT Assistant, joined Syracuse London in 2017. She started out in our Reception Team, with a vast background in front of house experience. A year later, she moved into her current tech role, where she specialises in making sure Faraday House is able to provide the tools our students need to make the most of their time abroad and excel in their academic work.

A plant enthusiast and committed vegan, Gokulna enjoys caring for her indoor garden, propagating succulents and occasionally growing vegetables. Goks also loves long walks, yoga and photography.

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Sharon McGhee

Sharon McGhee

Housing
Meet Sharon

Sharon McGhee is one of our Cultural Immersion Advisers, responsible for housing with the intention of helping students to maximise their learning opportunities through deeper engagement with the city and their local neighbourhoods.

Sharon holds a double B.Sc. in Biology and Maths and a PG Diploma in Education. She is an experienced science and maths teacher in secondary schools, and has previously worked as secretary for the Westminster district of the National Education Union.

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Sara Nia

Sara Nia

Reception
About
Meet Sara

Sara joined Syracuse London as an evening receptionist in January 2019. She holds a BA in Industrial Design and an MA in Fashion – so she fits in well with our special History of Art classes, Design program, and Architecture students. When not at work, Sara spends her time creating everything from business logos to sculptures to wedding invitations.

Roller blading, trampolining, and playing with her dogs are among Sara’s more active hobbies. She has a soft spot for scenic views and the sounds of wildlife, so likes to spend time in nature. She also regularly enjoys researching, learning and exploring the depths of consciousness.

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Omer-Sheriff Patel

Omer-Sheriff Patel

Reception
Meet Omer

Omer joined the team as Receptionist in 2017. Previously, Omer has worked in various customer and visitor services roles in companies as diverse as Hamley’s Toy Store, The Royal London Hospital, and The National Gallery.

Omer is a huge fan of Def Leppard, 80s cartoons, and the work of Steven Spielberg. The staff joke that he holds a ‘PhD by practice’ in film – Omer knows an incredible amount about cinematography and history, and can always be counted on for a critical review of recent releases or a good recommendation of what to watch on a rainy London day. He also enjoys running, working out at the gym and travelling.

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Jo Reeves

Jo Reeves

Finance & HR
Meet Jo

Jo is our Assistant Director for Finance and HR, and joined Syracuse London in July 2019. She has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry – including retail banking and accounting for research and enterprise projects. Jo is particularly inspired by working in higher education, and loves to make workflows and finances eaasier for our staff and students.

A Londoner all of her life, one of this job’s best perks for Jo is the opportunity to visit other European cities on our weekend field trips. Beyond Faraday House, Jo enjoys going to the gym, walking her dog, and baking tasty cakes.

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Maggie Scull

Maggie Scull

Internships
Meet Maggie

Dr Maggie Scull is a modern historian whose work explores religious institutions, secularisation, political violence, sectarianism, and peace. Previously, Maggie held an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NUI Galway. After graduating from Boston University, Dr Scull earned a Master’s and PhD at King’s College London while beginning her teaching career, which has included work with American students abroad.

Maggie’s interdisciplinary research explores the relationship religion and politics in the contemporary period. Her current work examines the role of funerals throughout the conflict in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press published her first book, The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-98, in 2019. She has been a regular contributor to the international press including The BBC, The Irish Times, and RTÉ Brainstorm. In addition to managing our internship program and teaching “The Global Workplace”, Dr Scull leads our Signature Seminar on “Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland.”

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Teresa Visser

Teresa Visser

Administration
Meet Teresa

A native Kiwi, Teresa comes to Faraday House from New Zealand House (the country’s embassy in London), where she spent time working as a regulator for employment law and supporting their immigration section. Teresa holds a BA in English Literature and History from Victoria University of Wellington. At Syracuse London, Teresa supports Finance and HR as our Administrative Assistant, and loves speaking with students about their experiences abroad.

Teresa enjoys reading, music, and exercise…but travel above all else, so she is especially happy to be working in a place that helps others pursue that same passion in a meaningful way!

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Lisa Watkins

Lisa Watkins

Student Life and Wellbeing
Meet Lisa

Lisa, our Assistant Director for Student Life and Wellbeing, has a BSc (Hons) in Behavioral Science from the University of Glamorgan, an MA in Social Work from Cardiff University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy. She has worked within the specialist field of gender-based violence, supporting victims of sexual assault and rape in forensic settings.

As an educator, Lisa has delivered a wide range of educational health and social care courses throughout the UK. Her courses are meant to assist practitioners’ knowledge and practice of working within the social care sector. She is currently studying for her doctorate at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Clinic, exploring how American students abroad make sense and navigate their mental health, as well as illuminating resources for institutional responses to student needs.

A native Welshwoman, Lisa enjoys mountain biking, walking, and socializing in her spare time. And while she loves long weekends in the southwestern hills of her homeland…she also really enjoys London food!

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