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Maxcy Leadership

Dr. David Snyder, Faculty Principal

David Snyder

David Snyder came to the University of South Carolina in 2008 as a member of the History faculty, where he teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses in U.S., European, and U.S. foreign relations history. Dr. Snyder’s scholarship focuses on the projection of American power — cultural and economic as much as military and political — in the international sphere during the early Cold War. In particular, his research addresses what is known as “public diplomacy”: the broadcasts, exchanges, exhibitions, arts diplomacy, and more which comprised the primary mechanism for asserting the U.S. foreign policy presence abroad in these years. His work has been published in leading journals such as Diplomatic History and The Journal of Cold War Studies as well as in numerous anthologies. His scholarship has earned, among other distinctions, a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands, the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), and, in 2015, a residential fellowship to the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. In 2014 SHAFR recognized his article “Domesticity, Rearmament, and the Limits of U.S. Public Diplomacy to the Netherlands during the Early Cold War” with an “Honorable Mention” for the society's prestigious Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize. His book, Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins, 2013), co-edited with Robby Cohen, was named a Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Title.” His most recent anthology, co-edited with Hallvard Notaker and Giles Scott-Smith, is Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad, (University of Manchester Press; 2016). For more on Dr. Snyder’s scholarship, see his curriculum vitae [hyperlink].
In 2014 Dr. Snyder was appointed Faculty Principal of the Carolina International House at Maxcy College. Under his leadership the International House has become a premier destination for international-themed residential learning, defined by its signature co-curricular program, Carolina Global Scholars [hyperlink]. Dr. Snyder’s commitment to students has been recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty and the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, both in 2012; by USC’s Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support’s Outstanding Faculty Partner Award in 2015; and by USC’s Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor award in 2016.
In addition to his academic work in and out of the classroom, Dr. Snyder promotes the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by serving on the President’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisory Committee and as a Fellow of the Office of Diversity’s Dialog in Race and Reconciliation Collaborative. In 2015 he was awarded University Housing’s Commitment to Inclusiveness Award. Dr. Snyder can be reached at

Ms. Alina Burkholder, Assistant Principal

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As Assistant Principal, Alina is your primary contact point for the Carolina Global Scholars Program. She can help you in your pursuit of Graduation with Leadership Distinction and support all service committees to Global Carolina. Alina earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, and graduated with an M.S. in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Osnabrück University, Germany, in 2015. Throughout her studies, she oversaw cultural exchange programs at her universities and organized social and educational events aiming to develop a global perspective and to approach an understanding of different cultures. As a German living in the U.S., and having gained living and working experiences in New Zealand, Canada, and Japan, she is an expert in how to have a smooth transition into a new cultural setting and in how to operate in cross-cultural contexts. Stop by her office to discuss your ideas for Maxcy programming, to share your passion for the cross-cultural field, and to practice your German, French, or Spanish! Alina can be contacted at

Ms. Kareemah Dennis, Administrative Assistant & Business Manager

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Kareemah Hosendove is your contact point for facilities reservations, program reservations, and activities announcements. She also manages the administrative flow for Maxcy College’s diverse and manifold programs and events. Ms. Dennis is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Public Relations. As a student at the University of South Carolina, she served as a Resident Mentor, receiving the #1 Gamecock Award for “Going the Extra Mile” for residents of Cliff apartments and Carolina Gardens. She was also recognized as the Resident Mentor of the Year for Family & Graduate Housing three years in a row. After graduation, she served as communications assistant at the SC Department of Consumer Affairs where she created and assisted in management of the agency’s social media messages, press releases, and various education materials for release to SC residents. Ms. Hosendove can be contacted at

Ms. Holly Bruner, Assistant Residence Life Coordinator

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Holly S. Bruner was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, but grew up in the small midwestern town of Greenville, Ohio. In her undergraduate career, Holly attended Otterbein University, a small institution outside of Columbus, Ohio. While at Otterbein University, Holly was involved in residence life, campus activities and student academic advising. She was a Resident Assistant for three years and was the President of the Campus Activities Board in which she oversaw the planning and implementation of large-scale campus events. In the spring of 2014, Holly graduated with a B.A. in both Speech and Organizational Communications along with a Leadership minor. After graduation, Holly decided to take a year off before pursuing her master's degree. Through her time planning large campus events, being a resource for her peers and also helping her younger brother through his transition into college, Holly decided to pursue her master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of South Carolina in the Fall of 2015. Holly is thrilled to be the Interim Residence Life Coordinator for the International House at Maxcy College. By connecting both international and domestic student experiences, Holly believes students have the opportunity to make connections that will last far beyond their time at The University of South Carolina. She wants to warmly welcome you to The University of South Carolina and looks forward to upholding an inclusive community in which all can share their passions while also learning from their peers. In her time outside of working with students, Holly enjoys reading, watching The Walking Dead, antiquing and going on adventures. 
Ms. Bruner can be contacted at

Dr. Alexandre Bonafos, French House Advisor

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Dr. Bonafos is the Faculty liaison for the French House at Maxcy College. He joined the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures as an Assistant Professor of French Cultural Studies in 2014. A native of France, he earned his BA and MA from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne (2001, 2005) and pursued his Ph.D. at New York University (2014). He first discovered the United States in 2003–04 as an exchange language assistant at the University of the South – Sewanee in Tennessee. There, he was also the Head Resident of the French House, living with undergraduate students, watching French films, and making crepes. If you are curious about French history and culture, don’t hesitate to ask him questions! 
Dr. Bonafos can be reached at:


Ms. Beatriz Kellog, Spanish House Advisor

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Senora Beatriz Rincon-Sanchez de Kellogg has been teaching Spanish in South Carolina for 15 years at elementary to advanced language levels, as well as Spanish for Business. In 1995, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of South Carolina. She returned to her alma mater a few years later, joining the faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She now leads the Spanish House at Maxcy College.
Ms. Kellogg was born in Colombia, and earned a B.S. in Economics at Universidad Externado de Colombia. She specialized in International Business, with over 14 years’ experience, working for the Colombian government and major international organizations, including 6 years as an International Executive with Harsco Track Technologies, in Columbia, SC.
Currently, Beatriz focuses her teaching and scholarly activities on undergraduate college level Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. She is the 2014 Director of the Spanish Study Abroad Program in Cadiz, Spain.
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