International Academic Advisors
Interested in pursuing a UCIS certificate or concentration? Students who wish to intensify their study of a world region should meet with one of our international advisors early in their academic career. This personalized advising helps to optimize study abroad opportunities and general education and foreign/cultural requirements. To arrange an advising appointment, please contact one of these international advisors.
African Studies Program
Born in Cameroon, Anna-Maria Karnes is a passionate advocate for experiencing Africa first-hand. She has visited Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and Kenya. Anna-Maria studied Spanish in Mexico and Costa Rica and has lived in Brazil, Thailand and Turkey. With a Masters in Applied Linguistics, she taught English as a Second Language for over 10 years. She is now pursuing a PhD in international and comparative education focusing on Ethiopian higher education.
Asian Studies Center
A course meant to fulfill gen. ed. requirements turned into a passion for South Asian history for Emily Rook-Koepsel. Almost two decades later, Emily has pushed herself to learn Hindi and Urdu, to earn a Ph.D. in South Asian History, and to travel extensively on the Indian subcontinent. Emily’s passion for Asia and openness to new opportunities and ideas allow her to work closely with students to help them create a plan for studying Asia that is right for them.
Center for Latin American Studies
A descendant of an Argentine father and Spanish grandparents, Julian Asenjo is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, has a working knowledge of French, and is improving his Salasacan Kichwa. Julian complements his nearly 30 years in international studies, advising and student affairs with first-hand experience of more than 40 countries.
Center for Russian & East European Studies
A Chicagoan by birth, a Hungarian speaker by choice, and a historian by training, Andrew came to the REES office as an advisor after years of hanging around it as a student. His study of history has taken Andrew to 14 European countries and made him a committed advocate of international education – but also left him with permanent hunger for the lángos of Budapest, the sarmale of Transylvania, the Salzstangerl of Vienna (and many other regional delicacies besides).
European Studies Center
Work and study abroad have taken Steve Lund to over 20 countries, so he understands the value of international studies. He has pursued his research interests in Charles Dickens, world’s fairs and ocean liners to the UK, China and Italy, and he enjoys brainstorming with students about their own academic plans and goals. With 20 years of work in student services, Steve can connect students to invaluable resources and opportunities both on and off campus.
Historian Allyson Delnore’s fluent French was invaluable for her research: the intersection of punishment and imperialism, particularly the creation of penal colonies at the periphery of the French empire. And passable German and Latin didn’t go astray. She lived and worked in France for three years, and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. Allyson has held faculty posts at Mississippi State and Marquette universities.
Global Studies Center
Elaine Linn knows most corners of the globe. Egypt, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Argentina, South Africa, England, France, Mexico and Barbados were checked off her bucket list during a 30-year international education and development career. Jordan is next... Elaine leads an Arabic instruction tour for K-12 educators in summer 2014. Expect Elaine to provide tailored academic advice that sets students on a global-issues path.