Staff Directory


Eve M. Duffy

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

Eve Duffy is a higher education administrator with over 20 years of experience in international education. She has been the Associate Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke for the past five years. In her role, she oversees the international and area studies units at Duke, manages a diverse portfolio of international partnerships and provides support for faculty with international research and teaching projects. Prior to her appointment at Duke, Duffy served as Director of the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at Trinity University, New York University and UNC-CH, and she was a fellow at the Remarque Institute at NYU. She was the first associate director of the TransAtlantic Masters Program at UNC.

Duffy earned her B.A. from Midwestern State University, a magister from Ludwig-Maximilian University and her Ph.D from UNC-CH. Her academic training and expertise focus on the social and cultural history of Germany, with a special interest on teaching and research related to the Holocaust. She is the co-author, along with Alida Metcalf, of “The Return of Hans Staden,” and she is the translator of numerous books and articles from German to English.



Alexis Owens

Multimedia Specialist
Office location: 123 Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 684-1713

Alexis K. Owens joined the Office of Global Affairs as a multimedia specialist in May 2019. She received her B.A in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast media. In the summer of 2018, Alexis interned at the Duke Office of News and Communications.

She is the executive producer of The Grid Exclusive, a social-media-based network where she uses an oral narrative interview style to tell the stories of others surrounding politics, environmental justice, nutrition, sports media and music. Alexis has interviewed White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April D. Ryan, CNN political analyst Angela Rye, Grammy recording artist Clifford (T.I.) Harris and Grammy nominee Jekalyn Carr.

Her interest in entertainment began with acting in local gigs in her home town of Jacksonville, North Carolina and the surrounding area near Wilmington. Alexis became interested in mass communications after meeting Oscar award-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who encouraged Alexis on her educational journey. Alexis now spends her time telling the global stories of others through oral narrative interviews and videography.



Amanda Solliday

Director of Communications
Office location: 103B Allen Bldg
Phone: (919) 681-4024

Amanda joined the Office of Global Affairs in June 2018. Amanda brings media and outreach experience from her previous work as a communicator at two national labs, a public radio journalist on the US-Mexico border and a scientist in the federal government.

She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in crop and soil sciences from Cornell University, where she specialized in international agriculture. As an undergraduate, Amanda studied biology and environmental studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and spent a semester abroad at King’s College in London.

Amanda happily accepts story ideas and restaurant recommendations.


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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.



Sami Oliver-Alexander

Communications Intern
Office location: 123 Allen Bldg

Sami Oliver recently received her B.A. in mass communications with a concentration in public relations. She joined the Global Affairs Office in May 2019 as the North Carolina Central University-Duke communications intern. She will continue on to receive her M.B.A. in media project management. Before coming to Duke, Sami interned for Amazon Student Prime through Riddle and Bloom. Here, she gained a passion for social media and its impact on society.

In her free time, Sami enjoys trying new food places and binge-watching prime time television, and she appreciates any food or TV recommendations.



Alexandra Gara

Undergraduate Administrative Assistant
Office location: 123 Allen Bldg

Alex is a current sophomore at Duke, pursuing a major in political science. Born to an American mother and Hungarian father, she grew up Budapest and regularly traveled the world, including visits to her mom’s home state of Alabama. In line with her international upbringing, Alex aspires to a career in diplomacy with the aim of impacting healthcare policy on a global scale.