September 29-30, 2016
A native of Texas, Andy Riess earned his B.A. from Baylor University (history, political science, philosophy, Latin) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University (Russian history, Inner Asia, Eastern Europe, Ottoman Empire). A veteran of the United States Army Security Agency, he has also studied at the Frei Universität – Berlin, Moscow State University, and the Graduate School of Business, New York University. Dr. Riess has worked in the worlds of academia, for-profit, and not-for-profit in the United States and abroad. For 18 years, he was in charge of Fulbright Scholar programs in the Former Soviet Union, Western Europe, and Asia for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, D.C. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dr. Riess had a leading role in establishing Fulbright programs in each of the fifteen newly independent republics. He was named, early in 2008, to head recruitment efforts for American scholars for the Fulbright Scholar Program at CIES. He is currently Assistant Director for Outreach and is in charge of advertising, catalogs, webinars and other externally-focused functions. Each year he represents the Fulbright Scholar Program at numerous venues around the country.