Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC) supports and enhances global awareness and inspires informed thinking about the complexities of our world. We provide resources and expertise to K-12 and post-secondary educators, students and the community at large.

Working in collaboration with campus, national, and international partners, IRIS NRC strives to put the Wisconsin Idea into action. We are committed to offering cross-regional and globally themed programming in an effort to understand our increasingly interconnected world.

If you have an idea or would like to collaborate, please email with questions or suggestions.


Stephen Young

Credentials: Faculty Director, IRIS NRC

Position title: Associate Professor, Geography & International Studies

Csanád Siklós

Credentials: Associate Director, IRIS NRC

Position title: Director, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Language Institute (MEDLI)

Essie Lenchner

Credentials: Assistant Director, IRIS NRC

Position title: Co-Chair, Wisconsin International Resource Consortium & Co-Administrator, South Asia Book Award

Sarah Linkert

Position title: Assistant Director for Fellowships and Awards

Karen Sage

Position title: Financial Specialist

Nathan Baker

Position title: Outreach Coordinator