As the director of Federal Relations, Anna Quider, Ph.D., passionately advocates for the students and faculty of Northern Illinois University. Previously, she worked to improve local and global communities through international cooperation by supporting U.S. Department of State policies and programming at the intersection of science, innovation and diplomacy. Quider has also developed strategies to address local, national, and international issues spanning education, science, innovation, and foreign affairs for the Office of Rep. Russ Carnahan, U.S. House of Representatives. Quider is an astrophysicist who regularly engages broad audiences on topics including astronomy, professional development and policy.
Quider holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in physics and astronomy and a B.A. in religious studies and the history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her awards include the Marshall Scholarship, two Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State, and two Science and Technology Policy Fellowships from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.