Damaris PuñalesAlpízar 
Director of International Studies Program, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies 

Dr. Damaris PuñalesAlpízar focuses on long-term program planning and implementation, advising students, and assisting other staff members with projects. Dr. PuñalesAlpízar studied Journalism at the University of Havana and has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a journalist in Belize, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Her work as a literary critic and transatlantic and translation scholar has taken her to Belize, Cuba, Mexico, Russia, and Spain to conduct research, and to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Russia, and Spain to share her findings. Her scholarly articles have appeared in leading journals or in books in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. 


Scout Weber
International Studies Program Assistant

Scout Weber is the International Studies Program Assistant. She compiles the weekly newsletter for majors, plans events, and provides other support to the Program. She is a graduate of Ashland University, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany and intern for the Ashland University Study Abroad Office. Scout also serves as department assistant for Political Science at CWRU.

Former Directors

Kelly M. McMann, 2011-2022
Vincent E. McHale (co-founder), 1993-2011