Thorin Tritter, Executive Director
Thorin Tritter is an American historian who has combined an academic career with the managment of summer study programs for the past 12 years. Born in England, Thorin moved to the United States in 1972. He received his BA in American history from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in American history from Columbia University. Thorin taught American history and American studies at Princeton for six years and then served as a Research Fellow at the University of London. In addition, from 2003-2011 he served as the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s History Scholars Program. He joined FASPE in 2011.
Talia Bloch, Assistant Program Manager
Talia Bloch is a writer, journalist, and educator. She has taught at Princeton University and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Pre-GED Program, and has served as an educational program coordinator at Connecticut College. Talia’s reviews and feature stories have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, the Jewish Daily Forward, The Jerusalem Report, and elsewhere. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Antioch Review, The New York Quarterly, Pleiades, Poetry International, and The Southern Review. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Pleiades Editor’s Prize for Emerging Poets. Talia holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She has lived and worked abroad in Berlin, Lisbon, and Prague.
Thorsten Wagner, Academic Director
Thorsten Wagner is a German-Danish historian. Born and raised in Sønderborg, Denmark, Thorsten completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and has lived in Berlin since 1993. He conducted graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin, earning his MA from the TU Berlin in 1998 in modern history, political science and German literature. After serving as an educator at the Jewish Museum of Berlin and a research fellow at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, since 2010 Thorsten has held a permanent position as associate professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)/University of Copenhagen, Denmark.