Brigham Young University

CSE Administration

Wade Jacoby

Wade Jacoby is Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for the Study of Europe at BYU. Jacoby is the author of two books, the Enlargement of the EU and Nato: Ordering from the Menu in Central Europe and Imitation and Politics: Redesigning Modern Germany. He has published articles in many journals including World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, European Security, the Review of International Political Economy, the Review of International Organizations, and the British Journal of Industrial Relations. Winner of a number of researchfellowships, Jacoby received the DAAD Prize for his scholarship on Germany and the EU in 2006 and was a Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in 2009–10. He has served as chair of the European politics and society section of the American Political Science Association and is past program chair of the European Union Studies Association. Jacoby is co-editor of German Politics and serves on the editorial boards of Governance and European Security. A native of Washington State, he received a BA in European studies from BYU and a PhD in political science from MIT and completed coursework on EC/EU and German foreign and security policy at the University of Bonn.

Martha Moffitt Peacock

Martha Moffitt Peacock, professor of art history and area head, is associate director of the CSE. Peacock's research centers on the relationship of art to the lives of women in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Her articles "Proverbial Reframing—Rebuking and Revering Women in Trousers," "Domesticity in the Public Sphere," and "The Imaging and Economics of Women Consumers and Merchants in the Netherlandish Marketplace," deal with themes of female empowerment through art. She has also published and presented on Dutch women artists such as Geertruydt Roghman, Anna Maria van Schurman, and Joanna Koerten, as well as contributed to and edited two exhibition catalogs on the prints of Rembrandt and his circle. Currently, she is working on a book entitled Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives: Imaging Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age. Together, Peacock and her husband Greg have thoroughly enjoyed directing numerous study abroad groups, as they have toured through many of the great art museums and architectural sites of Europe. "There are few things more magnificent than standing with a group of students in front of works like the Ghent Altarpiece that they have thus far only viewed in books. It inspires a sudden reverence, awe, and passionate enthusiasm among students that cannot be instilled in any other way." They are parents of five children and four grandchildren. She grew up in Orem, Utah, attended BYU as an undergraduate student, and later received a PhD from Ohio State University.

Christopher (Chip) Oscarson

Christopher (Chip) Oscarson, assistant professor of interdisciplinary humanities and director of the BYU Scandinavian Studies, is the acting associate director of the CSE. Oscarson's scholarly interest focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and film, with a particular interest on discourses about nature and the intersection of art and the environment. Much of his published work investigates the cultural construction of nature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in northern Europe and includes among other topics work on the naturalist Carl Linnaeus, Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, films of the silent era by Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, and the work of contemporary writer Kerstin Ekman. He is currently co-editing a volume about Nordic approaches to representing nature entitled Nordic Nature Cultures. Oscarson teaches courses both in the interdisciplinary humanities program on film, environmental humanities, and aesthetic theory, as well as classes in Swedish, Scandinavian cinema, and Nordic cultural history. He grew up in Missouri, Sweden, New Jersey, and Boston before coming to BYU as an undergraduate, where he received a BA in history and an MA in comparative literature, following which he received a PhD in Scandinavian literature with a designated emphasis in film from the University of California—Berkeley. Oscarson and his wife, Marie-Laure, are the parents of four children..

Lora Cook

Lora Cook, administrative director of CSE, is a native of LaGrande, Oregon. Cook has spent much of the past twenty years traveling, studying, working, and teaching in forty countries on six continents, although Europe is the most visited by far. Her first international experience was in 1989 as an exchange student in Finland, and since that time, she has been committed to developing, evaluating, and managing international education programs. After working at the Kennedy Center's International Study Programs office (1995–2002), she spent ten years in Washington, D.C., and Boston while developing academic programs for international students at several universities in six U.S. cities. Cook's areas of expertise include new program development, evaluation, and community outreach. A family-favorite pastime includes "Breakfast with the Beatles" when Cook, along with her husband and three sons, make a big breakfast on Saturday mornings while listening to Beatles music. She received a PhD in education with an emphasis in research methodology and evaluation.

Brenda Christensen

Brenda Christensen is the newest member of the CSE staff and will be responsible for the FLAS scholarship program. Christensen is enthusiastic about returning to an academic environment after many years in the private sector. A Canadian citizen with strong ties to her Danish and Ukrainian ethnic roots, she studied interior and graphic design as well as city planning at the University of Manitoba's School of Architecture. Her doctoral studies at MIT focused on organizational behavior and the philosophy of education. She also served in the France Paris Mission. While at home raising two sons and two daughters, Christensen worked independently as an interior designer. More recently, she was involved in retail design, visual marketing, and event planning at a local boutique that she helped open in downtown Provo. She has a passion for writing and watercolor painting as well as urban farming projects. Over the years she and her family have raised chickens, domestic ducks, rabbits, and ferrets, as well as cats and dogs, which led her to volunteer at London's Battersea Home for Dogs and Utah's famous Best Friends Shelter in Kanab. Christensen and her husband Ray, who teaches in BYU's Political Science Department, have lived in Boston, Kansas, Japan, and England. During their sixteen years in Provo, they have enjoyed entertaining many BYU students in their home.

Nicholas Mason

Nicholas Mason, associate professor of English and coordinator of the European studies program at BYU, is an assistant director of CSE. Mason’s research and teaching deal primarily with the literary and cultural histories of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, and his publications have covered such diverse topics as political satire, the history of literary magazines, the rise of advertising, transatlantic relations in the early nineteenth-century, and working-class drunkenness in Victorian Britain. He has edited several scholarly editions, including the six-volume series Blackwood’s Magazine, 1817–25 (Pickering, 2006), the first volume of British Satire, 1785–1840 (Pickering, 2003), and Edward Kimber’s History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (co-edited with Matthew Mason, Broadview, 2009). His new book is Literary Advertising and the Shaping of British Romanticism (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Among the academic awards Mason has received are grants and fellowships from the Keats-Shelley Association of America, the National Humanities Center, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Huntington Library. A native of Salt Lake City, he received BA and MA degrees in English from BYU and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mason and his wife, Stacie, live in Provo with their two sons and two daughters.

Jason Brown

Jason Brown joined CSE as the public relations specialist in spring 2012. Brown not only manages promotion for many CSE events and programs but also helps manage Title VI reporting, writes copy for the web site, designs the biannual newsletter, and—his personal favorite—coordinates outreach activities, including the annual art competition and Shakespeare Workshop. He is a senior in BYU's public relations program and is working on an editing minor. His favorite experiences in Europe include serving an LDS mission in Latvia and touring the Louvre, but his heart also favors Scotland. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and working on independent film projects. Brown and his wife, Jennie, are the parents of one baby girl.

Tiffany Gale

Tiffany Gale, a senior at BYU in Russian Studies, is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures. Gale served an LDS mission in Moscow, Russia, and is especially interested in helping to develop better relations with the wonderful country of Russia. She was a FLAS scholar for Russian language during the 2012–13 academic year. Gale is minoring in music and spent two years studying vocal performance at BYU—Idaho. She plays the cello and for the past two years has been a member of BYU’s Concert Choir. Gale's hobbies include swimming, scuba diving, traveling, singing with her sisters, biking, and watching movies.