Advisory Board

Abbas Benmamoun

Professor

portrait
Department: Linguistics
Phone: (217) 333-7129

Dr. Abbas Benmamoun is Department Head and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Dr. Benmamoun is Coordiantor of Arabic Programs.

 

Nick Burbules

Professor

portrait
Department: Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Phone: (217) 244-0919

Nick Burbules is the Director for the Ubiquitous Learning Institute and the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Educational Policy Studies here at Illinois. His research is focused on philosophy of education; teaching and dialog; critical social and political theory; and technology and education. 

 

Gregory Damhorst

Student

portrait
Department: Medical Scholars/Bioengineering

Gregory Damhorst is the Student Director of the Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois. He is currently an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Medical Scholars Program in which he is pursuing a doctorate in Bioengineering. His research interests include infectious disease, global health, biosensors, bio-EMS, microfluidics, virology, and HIV/AIDS.

 

Paul Diehl

Professor

portrait
Department: Political Science
Phone: (217) 333-9356

Dr. Paul Diehl is Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Diehl is also affiliated with Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), a unit within the International Programs and Studies at UIUC.

 

Hadi Esfahani

Professor

portrait
Department: Economics
Phone: (217) 333-2681

Hadi Salehi Esfahani is a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he currently serves as the Editor of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, the President of Middle East Economic Association, and the Director of Global Studies Initiative at the University of Illinois. He has also worked for the World Bank as a visiting staff economist and a consultant. He has received his B.Sc. in engineering from Tehran University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His theoretical and empirical research is in the field of political economy of development, focusing in particular on the Middle East and North Africa region. He has published numerous articles on the role of politics and governance in fiscal, trade, and regulatory policy formation. His articles have appeared in journals The Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, International Economic Review, Oxford Economic Review, and World Development, among others.

 

Elly Hanauer

Associate Director, CGS

portrait
Department: Center for Global Studies
Phone: (217) 244-0288

Elly Hanauer is Associate Director at the Center for Global Studies. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Elly worked as a Program Officer at the Institute of International Education where she managed government, corporate, and foundationsponsoredinternational scholarship, development and exchange programs. More recently Elly was Administrative Director of New York University’s Multinational Institute of American Studies where she ran two U.S. Department of State summer institutes for visiting scholars from around the world. Elly holds a B.A. in French from Wellesley College and a M.A. in French from Middlebury College in France. She is currently finishing up her PhD in International Education at NYU where her dissertation research focuses on how the topic of immigration is addressed in French secondary history education. Elly has also conducted research on recent trends in the internationalization of higher education, co-authoring and publishing an article in 2011 on the growth of offshore campuses in the Middle East. In addition to three years studying and conducting research in France, Elly has worked in Hungary and Italy. She speaks fluent French and has also studied Spanish, Arabic and Hindi.

 

Barbara Hancin-Bhatt

Associate Dean

portrait
Department: LAS Administration

Barbara Hancin-Bhatt specializes in international/global education, teaches in the LAS Global Studies program, and provides leadership for its ongoing development and management. She serves as LAS' Assistant Dean for international programs and exchanges. Her research expertise is in second language acquisition, and she holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Linguistics. Dr. Hancin-Bhatt has also been on the faculty at Penn State University, University of South Carolina, and University of Utah. 

 

Karen Hewitt

Outreach Coordinator, CGS

portrait
Department: Center for Global Studies
Phone: (217) 244-0288
Fax: (217) 333-6270

Karen Hewitt is Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Global Studies. She organizes educational programs and activities for university researchers, K-12 educators and students, and the general public. She is the Center's liaison to the NGO Affiliate program of the United Nations Department of Public Information.

 

Ravi Iyer

Professor

portrait
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: (217) 333-9732

Ravi Iyer is the George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department here at Illinois. His primary research area is reliable and secure systems, and his other interests include: measurement and modeling; dependability and security validation and benchmarking; and reliable biomedical monitoring.

 

Edward A. Kolodziej

Director, Center for Global Studies & ACDIS

portrait
Department: International Program & Studies
Phone: (217) 265-5186

Edward Kolodziej, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, is the Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois. He has written or edited fourteen books on security, foreign policy, and global politics; contributed more than 130 articles to professional journals; and lectured in over 40 countries around the world. His latest publications include From Superpower to Besieged Global Power (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and articles on "Security" and "Global Governance" for Sage Encyclopedias in Power and Global Studies (2011). He is currently working on a volume on the theory and practice of global governance.

 

Laurie Kramer

Associate Dean

portrait
Department: Agriculture and Consumer Economics

Dr. Laurie Kramer is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois. She is also a professor of Applied Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development. Kramer earned her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1989 and performed her residency at Northwestern University Medical School. 

 

Charlotte Ku

Assistant Dean

portrait
Department: Law
Phone: (217) 244-0701

Charlotte Ku is the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies and the College of Law International Programs Director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Faranak Miraftab

Associate Professor

portrait
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Phone: (217) 265-8238
Fax: (217) 244-1717

Faranak Miraftab's research concerns the social aspects of urban development, with interest in how low-income groups and women in particular access housing and basic urban services. A native of Iran, she has degrees from the Tehran University, the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has brought her around the world to Chile, Mexico, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the United States.

 

Lynne Rudasill

Global Studies Librarian and Associate Professor

portrait
Department: Center for Global Studies
Phone: (217) 265-6879
Fax: (217) 333-6270

Lynne Rudasill is Associate Professor of Library Administration and the Center for Global Studies Librarian. Her research is focused on national and supra-national information policy, and she has also published in the areas of library user instruction and web page development. Lynne has presented papers at conferences in Ireland, Poland, South Africa, and Greece. Professor Rudasill serves on the Faculty Senate, the Military Education Committee, and is a member of the Library's Executive Committee.

 

Wolfgang Schlör

Interim Associate Provost and Interim Director, IPS

portrait
Department: International Affairs
Phone: (217) 333-6104
Fax: (217) 265-0810

Wolfgang Schlör is the Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs and Director of International Programs and Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined Illinois in August 2007 as Associate Director of International Programs and Studies. Previously, he served as the Interim Director of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Associate Director and Assistant Director for Academic Affairs of UCIS.

 

Donald Wuebbles

Professor

portrait
Department: Atmospheric Sciences
Phone: (217) 244-1568

Donald J. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. He is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as well as an affiliate professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the first Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at Illinois, was the first Director of the Environmental Council at the University, and was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for many year. He has been a lead author on a number of national and international assessments related to concerns about climate change, atmospheric chemistry and the effects of human activities on stratospheric and troposheric ozone.