Melanie Goergmaier obtained her PhD in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida in May 2020. Her specializations are International Relations and International Political Economy with a focus on European Union Studies and Trade Politics. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Elon University in North Carolina as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Catawba College in North Carolina. Melanie Goergmaier was born and raised in Munich, Germany where she also graduated from high school. As a European Union citizen, she has participated in and/ or taught numerous global study abroad programs in France, Australia, Jamaica (Hofstra University Campus), Costa Rica (Centro PanAmericano de Idiomas), Chile, Argentina and Spain (University of Barcelona). Dr. Goergmaier has experience working and teaching in higher education since 2001.