Tess Ames

Managing Director - Center for West European Studies & European Union Center
Tess Ames


Tess Ames is the Managing Director for the Center for Western European Studies. She has a background in Cultural Studies and Education, and holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She holds an M.A. in Culture and Colonialism from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research has focused on human rights across colonized nations, including The United States, New Zealand, Ireland and Mexico. She is passionate about researching the ways in which global economic policies impact access to education in colonized and ‘post-colonial’ nations.

Tess has also worked on a project for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, helping describe the social and economic ramifications of the internment of thousands of Japanese American Citizens during World War II.


  • The Evergreen State College, B.A., 2011
  • The National University of Ireland, Galway, M.A., 2013