Essie Lenchner

Credentials: Assistant Director, IRIS NRC

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


Essie Lenchner (she/her) is the Assistant Director at the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) National Resource Center at UW-Madison. She previously worked in a variety of roles within IRIS, including as the travel coordinator and later as Assistant Director for the Middle East Studies Program. Essie is the current co-chair of IRIS’s outreach committee, and co-administrator of the South Asia Book Award; she manages all IRIS outreach programming including the book and film clubs, Global Scholars Media Community and the Global Libraries Grant, and enjoys learning the latest online marketing strategies to promote the center’s events and programming. Prior to joining UW-Madison, she produced several online conferences and worked in the outdoor industry.

Ask Me About:

K-12 and Community Outreach, Programming and Event Planning, Journal of Undergraduate International Studies (JUIS), Wisconsin International Research Consortium (WIRC), Global Scholars Media Community, Global Libraries Grant, WCSS educator mini grants, South Asia Book Awards (SABA), School visits, K-14 educator workshops, Communications and Social Media.