Office of International Affairs Staff Directory

Office of International Affairs Staff Directory

Nick Seamons

Director, Office of International Affairs


Contact Nick for:

  • a student, scholar or employee with an urgent or sensitive issue requiring the Director's assistance or attention
  • reaching out about strategic initiatives for international program development and the impact of US immigration policy
  • inquiring about the Office of International Affairs' mission and structure

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Dan Ashton

Associate Director, Scholar & Employee Services


Dan advises scholars and employees:

  • All BSD, UChicago Urban Labs, Office of the Provost, Polsky Center, Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering, and university affiliated third party entities (e.g. Argonne National Laboratory, etc.)
  • Hiring or sponsoring of foreign national employees and scholars, policy development and federal compliance
  • Provides information and guidance on all employment/scholar visas including H-1B, J-1, TN, E-3, etc.
  • General Legal Permanent Residency (LPR/green card) and physician-related matters

Prospective H-1B, TN, E-3 or J-1 scholars/employees should contact their inviting/hiring department directly.

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Renée DuPree

Associate Director, Administrative Services


Renée supports the mission and work of OIA and provides the following:

  • budget management and planning, liaises with CSL and central administration, facilities, etc.
  • human resources operations and functions
  • supports both advising teams when needed

Alexandra Kirshenbaum

International Scholar and Employee Adviser


Alex advises:

  • Scholars and employees in the Social Sciences Division
  • Scholars and employees in the Booth School of Business, Divinity School, Harris School of Public Policy, Law School, School of Social Service Administration, Graham School, IT Services, Alumni Relations, Chapin Hall, the College, Court Theatre, Facilities Services, Financial Services, Global Engagement, Housing/Dining, Registrar, UChicago Language Center, Athletics, the Library and all other professional schools/units.

  • Please note, Alex does not advise F-1 students.

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Leah Rosenthal

International Student Adviser


Leah advises:

  • Students in The Booth School of Business, School of Social Service Administration, Pritzker School of Medicine, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and the Biological Sciences Division. 
  • Schedule an advising or ITIN appointment with Leah.
    • Autumn Quarter Booth Walk-In Advising hours at the Harper Center (Rothman Winter Garden) from 11:30am - 1:30pm: 10/16/19, 10/30/2019, 11/13/2019, 12/4/2019, and 12/11/2019. 
    • Winter Quarter Booth "Walk-In" Advising hours BY PHONE (773-795-7454) from 11:30am - 1:30pm: 03/18/2020.
    • Spring Quarter Booth "Walk-In" Advising hours BY PHONE (773-795-7454) from 11:30am - 1:30pm: 04/01/2020, 04/15/2020, 04/29/2020, 05/13/2020, 05/27/2020, 06/03/2020.

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Kayla Smith

Front Desk Immigration Assistant


  • provides travel signatures to students and scholars
  • manages document pick-up