Our Stories: Dr. Zoe Ziliak Michel, Scholarship Chair

Zoe Ziliak Michel, Scholarship Co-Chair, has lived in five US states and one foreign country, Germany. While finishing her Ph.D., she worked as the graduate fellowship advisor for UC San Diego, helping graduate students earn grants and fellowships to fund their education. She then moved to the Washington, DC, area, where she spent two years promoting progressive anti-poverty public policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Since leaving CLASP, Dr. Ziliak Michel has worked as the supervisor of academic programs at Georgetown University’s M.A. in German and European Studies. As part of her role, she has increased outreach to potential students from diverse backgrounds, leading to a major increase in the racial and citizenship diversity of the master’s program’s studentry. Dr. Ziliak Michel has B.A.s in English literature and German from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Florida. She lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, with her husband and one cat.