Staff Directory


Michael H. Merson, MD

Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Office location: 124 Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 684-1713

Michael Merson is the Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs, as well as the founder and former director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Merson is an expert in disease prevention and has held leadership and advisory positions at organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Center for Disease Control. In his current role, Merson leads the Duke Office of Global Affairs, which plans and coordinates many of Duke’s global programs and partnerships.


Eve M. Duffy

Assistant Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Office location: 122 Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 684-3272

Born into a military family, Eve spent part of her youth in Asia and Europe. After receiving a BA from Midwestern State University, she earned her Magister in history and political science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich and her PhD in German history at UNC-Chapel Hill. Eve is a scholar of German culture and social history. She has co-authored and translated several books.

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Emilie R. Poplett

Director of Communications, Global Affairs
Office location: 123 Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 681-4024

Emilie is passionate about telling and sharing Duke's global stories within and beyond the campus community. Prior to coming to Duke, she received her BA in strategic communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's journalism school. She enjoys learning languages and has studied Spanish, Italian, and recently American Sign Language. She has visited 12 countries and looks forward to adding to that list.

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Colette E. Watt

Program Coordinator
Office location: 123 Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 684-0682

Colette received her BA in peace, war and defense from UNC-Chapel Hill before pursuing a Master’s in international studies from North Carolina State University. As an undergraduate student, Colette studied in Northern Ireland, where she met her husband Iain. Her favorite place to visit is Copenhagen, second only to Belfast. She enjoys reading about and learning about Nordic cultures.


Hien Nguyen 

Administrative Assistant
Office location: 103B Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 684-1713

Hien was born in Go Cong, Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1981. She spent most of her life in Massachusetts and received her BS in Business Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Hien has many years of experience working in international departments in higher education. She enjoys learning about other cultures and being out in nature. One of her favorite experiences is hiking in the Swiss Alps.