IHS Staff





Irena Gross

  Irena Grudzinska Gross, Director (2003-2008)
Irena Grudzinska Gross received her PhD in French and Romance Languages from Columbia University in 1982. Between 1998 and 2003 she was responsible for the East-Central European Program at the Ford Foundation. She served as Director of the Institute for Human Sciences between 2003 and 2008. Dr. Gross has taught at Emory University, New York University, Boston University, and is currently an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Slavic Languages at Princeton University. Her most recent book is Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz and the Fellowship of Poets (Yale University Press, 2009).

Elizabeth Amrien

  Elizabeth Amrien, Managing Director (2002-2010)
Elizabeth Amrien studied at Trinity College, CT and Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She received a Master of Divinity (MDiv), magna cum laude, from Yale Divinity School in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with high honors, from Boston University's School of Management in 2008. Ms. Amrien has overseen the strategic operation and development of the Institute's programs since May of 2002. In 2008 she authored a successful proposal to the European Commission for a project entitled "Getting to Know the European Union: European Cultures in Focus."
  Natalia Kierul, Project Consultant (2006-2010)
Natalia Kierul graduated from Jagiellonian University with a degree in Polish philology. She is currently a second year master’s student in the School of Education at Boston University. She is interested in social justice issues. Her focus is on the culturally and linguistically diverse children at risk from families with low socioeconomic status.