Dr. Friedman is currently the Program Manager at the Center for African Studies, and has worked at International Programs and Studies and the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies since joining the university in 2011. He develops and designs international training programs, teaches American Studies Pedagogy for International Audiences, and works with the Area Studies Centers developing new initiatives. Dr. Friedman holds a PhD in International Education from New York University with specializations in Global Education, English Language Education Policy & Practice, and Internationalization of Social Studies Curriculum. He holds an appointment in the College of Education as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, has taught Social Studies foundations to pre-service teachers, and developed a variety of professional development programs for in-service teachers. In his previous career as a secondary level Social Studies teacher, Dr. Friedman taught Global Studies, Psychology, History, and English as a Foreign Language. He also holds an MA from Columbia University in American Studies.
Dr. Elly Hanauer, Administrative Director
Associate Director of the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Illinois, Dr. Hanauer has over ten years experience managing and administering international exchange, professional development and academic programs. Notably, Dr. Hanauer was Administrative Director of the Multinational Institute for American Studies at New York University (NYU) where she managed staff, study tours, events, speakers, evaluation activities and finances for three SUSI programs between 2008 and 2009. Ms. Hanauer worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in San Francisco for five years where she managed a wide range of government, corporate, and foundation-sponsored programs, working with sponsors and partners including the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative, USAID, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Dr. Hanauer holds BA and MA degrees in French, and a doctorate in International Education from NYU. Her dissertation research examined how immigration history is addressed in secondary education in France.
Jeremie Smith, Program Coordinator and Teacher in Residence
Jeremie Smith is the Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Global Studies. Jeremie received his BA in Anthropology from Hanover College and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois. He organizes educational programs and activities for university researchers, K-12 educators and students, and the general public. Jeremie was an English Teacher in rural Japan as part of the JET Programme. He also taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, Sociology, Government, and U.S. History at Danville High School from 2011-2014 where he sponsored the school’s International Club. In the past few years, he has planned and led student travel trips to Taiwan, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, and France. Jeremie is interested in issues concerning social justice, international education, globalization, and service learning and will begin a doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015.
Natasha Murray, Program Associate
Natasha Murray, is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her doctoral studies, she served as a teacher in both Baltimore City and Washington D.C. Public Schools. Her research interests include examining dialogic spaces for pre-service teachers as a way to explore their own racial and ethnic identities and the racial and ethnic identities of others. She seeks to look at how these understandings shape pre-service teachers’ ideologies of race and racism, how it influences their teaching practices, and their relationships with students. Using an Intergroup Dialogue model, dialogue becomes a method to help disrupt the impacts of oppression and privilege in U.S contexts. Natasha also has great travel and international experience. She has also studied and lived abroad in both Germany and in Argentina. Because of these interests, she also examines how global perspectives and knowledge shape pre-service teachers’ planning and teaching.
Terri Gitler is the Office Support Specialist in the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to the U of I, she worked for many years in the publishing field as an editor, administrator, and production manager. Terri received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and American literature from the University of Illinois.
Lynn Charters, Program Coordinator
A native of Champaign, Lynn has worked at the University of Illinois for over 20 years. She is the Office Manager for the Center for Global Studies and provides logistical and organizational support for programming, professional staff, and faculty. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in General Studies.