Gretha Burchard joined the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs at Florida International University in 2011 and started working for the Institute for Public Management and Community Service in August 2012. Originally from Germany, she graduated from the University of Marburg, Germany with a B.A. in Language and Communication and received her M.A. in Euroculture from the University of Göttingen, Germany. During her Master studies, she spent one semester at the National Autonomous University of Mexico City, during which she collected data for her Master's thesis which dealt with the social integration of the German population of Mexico City into Mexican culture. Before joining the Ph.D. program of Public Affairs at FIU, she worked for one year in the field of public relations in Munich, Germany. Her main research interests are diversity, integration and gender related issues, both in the national and international context. Her dissertation deals with representatives bureaucracy and the impact that teachers with migration background would have on students' performance, career expectations, and the social climate.