Meet our incredible staff of study abroad experts.

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Dr. Kristin Stasiowski

Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad, Assistant Professor of Italian

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences and is also an Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history and culture in both the United States and Florence, Italy prior to arriving at Kent State where her current responsibilities are focused on promoting study abroad opportunities to undergraduates.


Samuel Yocca

Graduate Assistant 

Sam is the Graduate Assistant in the Office of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently completing his Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs with a focus on International Higher Education at Kent State University and graduated from Grand Valley State University with his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with minors in both Spanish and French. Sam was born in Brussels, Belgium allowing the passion for travel and adventure to spark at a young age. While in undergrad, Sam has had many opportunities abroad that range from visiting exchange students at their home universities, participating in a study abroad program to Israel/Palestine for campus leaders, and interned at the American University in Bulgaria. Sam is excited to help students find academic opportunities abroad and to connect students across cultures. Sam currently oversees the Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council and assists with faculty-led program development and recruitment.