MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Duk Kim
Dr. Duk Kim is a professor of political science at St. Ambrose University and an International Relations specialist who teaches and writes in the field of international politics. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Missouri. As President of WACQC, Duk has brought a new level of structure and professionalism.
Dr. James Baumann
While originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Dr. Baumann has lived in the Quad Cities since 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from Bowling Green State University in 2009. Dr. Baumann currently works as a Professor of communication at St. Ambrose University.
Dr. Arun Pillutla
Joining St. Ambrose University (SAU) in 1999, Dr. Arun Pillutla is now a Professor of Management, teaching business strategy and organization theory to students of all levels. He is also a Fulbright Specialist and has participated in the Winter 2017 Faculty Fellowship to Israel program. He has supervised several doctoral dissertations. Dr. Arun’s research interests cover strategy, visioning, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. His experience includes teaching, research, academic department leadership, community services, developing exchange relationships, study abroad leadership, writing teaching cases, and creating novel international exchange programs.
EVENTS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ferdaus Ahmad is a physicist and engineer, currently teaching at Black Hawk College. She was a mentor for the National Science Foundation and was awarded the Rosa Parks-Chavez mentorship award. She also provides leadership support for interfaith dialogues and helps young girls develop leadership skills through the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities. Internationally, she is a member of Bangladesh Mahilad Parishad, an organization dedicated to women empowerment, gender equality, and constitutional rights of women.
Dr. Xiawen Zhang
Dr. Xiaowen Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Augustana College. She was born and raised in Beijing, China and came to the United States in 2001. She graduated from University of Southern California in 2007 with a Ph.D. in International Relations. Her dissertation work is about how the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement mechanism impacts member countries' dispute settlement strategies. As a faculty member of the political science department, Xiaowen teaches courses like Introduction to International Relations, International law and International Organizations, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Xiaowen is also a member of Augustana's Asian Studies Program and teaches in study abroad programs in China on a regular basis. She has published articles on China’s compliance record in the WTO disputes settlement system and environmental politics in China.
Amelia is a Junior/Senior at St. Ambrose University. She is studying International Studies with a minor is Psychology. She is a Tour Guide, an Ambassador for Admissions and the Career Center, and a volunteer with SAU's Alumni Outreach. She recently returned from studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea.
Hannah is a sophomore at St. Ambrose University. She is double majoring in International Studies, Data Science and Analytics with a minor in Computer Science. She is also a Residential Advisor, an on campus tutor, and an active member in Model United Nations, Dance Marathon, and jazz band.