Meet the Staff

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Dennis C. Galvan is Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon.  Professor Galvan received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1996, and has conducted field research since 1988 in a cluster of thirty villages in rural Senegal, as well as in Dakar. His published work on Senegal covers institutional change, peasant adaptation of property regimes, social capital and democratization, sustainable development, ethnic relations, and grass-roots patterns of nation-building. He serves as Executive Director of new Global Studies Institute (GSI) within the Office of International Affairs. For more information visit Professor Galvan's faculty site.

Phone:
(541) 346-6857
Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director, UO Study Abroad Programs

Stephen is Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of Study Abroad, as well as a professor of international studies and anthropology.  He is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research interests include political economy and ecology, local food systems and expressive culture.  He has been conducting ethnographic field research in Mali since 1992 and has recently begun a study of urban agriculture in Eugene.  Stephen has served as director of the UO African Studies Program and coordinator of the UO Food Studies Program; prior to joining the UO in 2001, he was an assistant director in the National Resource Centers at UCLA and University of Illinois.  He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1999.

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(541) 346-1209
Associate Director, UO Study Abroad Programs

Roger serves as the associate director of UO Study Abroad Programs, working closely with program development for UO Global Seminars (study abroad programs led by UO faculty) and coordinating study abroad programs in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He also leads a summer program on fantasy literature, folklore, and popular culture (known as "Fantasy on the Fringe" or "Harry Potter in the UK").  In addition, he serves as the campus representative and adviser for students applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Programs, DAAD (Germany) awards, and the American Scandinavian Foundation fellowships.  His own study abroad adventure was in Iceland.  He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and occasionally teaches courses on campus, recently including a Freshman Seminar in folklore, “Talking to Monsters.”  His current research interests include the queer supernatural and the queer monstrous, magical realism in Nordic and Anglophone literatures, ethnography of queer identity, diversity in study abroad contexts, and best practices for supporting faculty who lead study abroad programs. He also enjoys watching films, cooking and trying new foods, exploring the arts, and being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

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(541) 346-3207
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Study Abroad Program Coordinator

An east-coaster by birth and global citizen at heart, Diane has lived, studied, and traveled in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. Her semester abroad in Mali with the School for International Training (SIT) was the pivotal experience that determined her future path in international affairs. After graduating, Diane taught English in Thailand for three years and later earned a master's degree in international education from SIT. Diane is passionate about helping students discover their own places in the world. At the UO, she works with students heading to Europe and coordinates publicity for study abroad programs. Diane speaks conversational French and Thai, and basic Spanish. She thinks karaoke is a great way to learn languages! Whether traveling or at home, Diane loves getting outdoors, sampling street food, listening to and playing music, and spending time with friends and family.

Phone:
(541) 346-1330
Study Abroad Advisor

Elizabeth earned her BA in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon in 2009 and studied abroad in Spain and Italy while earning her degree. Her experiences abroad were the highlights of her college experience and ultimately directed her professional career path. She later earned her MA in International Affairs, specializing in Europe and Cultural Diplomacy. Elizabeth loves to learn new languages, travel, and experience a new place through its local coffee culture by visiting coffee shops/cafes wherever she goes.

Phone:
541-346-3466
Study Abroad Adviser/Program Coordinator

Hilary is a longtime staff member of the Office of International Affairs, originally working as an international student adviser and now serving as a study abroad adviser. She has extensive international experience, especially in Africa, where she served in the Peace Corps in Kenya and spent an additional year in Zambia. She is an excellent resource for students interested in studying in Africa or in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa). Apart from her work in UO Study Abroad Programs, Hilary also enjoys listening to world music, being involved in the community, and spending time with her family. She spent the better part of summer 2012 traveling in East Africa, visiting study abroad sites and introducing her two sons to African cultures and landscapes.

Phone:
(541) 346-3207
Study Abroad Program Coordinator

Originally from Cananea, Sonora (Mexico), Luis has worked in the Office of International Affairs since 2010. He is currently the study abroad program coordinator for programs in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Russia. Luis earned a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley, with minors in Russian literature and Spanish literature. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the UO, writing a dissertation on the history of intellectuals and public education in 1930s Mexico. Luis is also interested in the cultural intersections between the Mexican and Russian Revolutions of the twentieth century. He has taught courses on Latin American history at the UO and in a study abroad program hosted by the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico. Luis welcomes the opportunity to talk about Latin American and Spanish history, culture, and of course, fútbol.

Phone:
(541) 346-1128
Study Abroad Administrative Coordinator/Program Coordinator

Marj has been working in the Office of International Affairs for many years, in both its current and several previous formations. She serves as the administrative coordinator for all UO Study Abroad Programs, managing processes such as study abroad course registration, transcripting, and course equivalencies. She is also the program coordinator for programs in Denmark as well as the Middle East and enjoys working with students planning to study in these great locations. In her life outside the UO, she volunteers one day each month to serve on a citizens’ review board that helps the state and county make good decisions in the care of foster children.

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(541) 346-3207
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Study Abroad Adviser

Michelle joined the UO Study Abroad Programs team in the fall of 2011 as an international peer assistant. She now works as a study abroad adviser in the office. She advises students for IE3 Global Internships, Semester at Sea, and study abroad programs in Asia.  She recently received her B.A. in international studies from the UO, with a concentration in cross-cultural communication and Africa. Her passion for study abroad was sparked by her internship in Senegal, West Africa, in 2011, and her lifelong love of travel. Aside from encouraging students to go abroad, she enjoys reading, salsa dancing and performing, and learning new languages.

Phone:
(541) 346-1451
Study Abroad Program Coordinator

Vinnie has been involved in study abroad and international education since 2003. He has been a study abroad program participant in Taipei, Taiwan; a TESOL teacher and volunteer in Fukushima, Japan; an international program coordinator in Seattle; and a graduate student at the University of Leeds in England, where he recently completed his master's program in international educational management. During his time abroad, he traveled extensively around Asia, Europe, and parts of the Middle East. Aside from helping students with their own international exploits, Vinnie enjoys exploring the local food scene, watching Asian variety shows, and learning about different cultures. Vinnie can speak Japanese and Mandarin. He hopes to someday add Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Hakka to his repertoire.

Phone:
(541) 346-1369
Study Abroad Administrative Program Assistant

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(541) 346-1210
Reception Desk Manager

After spending most of her adult life living outside of the state Sandi decided recently to move home to Oregon. She was raised in the fishing village of Winchester Bay at the mouth of the Umpqua River on the Oregon coast.  Although Sandi is new to the University of Oregon, she has 13 years of experience working closely with student interns in the College Program and International College Program at Walt Disney World in Florida.

 

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541-346-3206
Graduate Assistant

Brianne is currently enrolled in the International Studies MA program, focusing her studies on Spanish-speaking cultures. Originally from San Diego, California, she developed her passion for culture and travel during a high school exchange program in Prachinburi, Thailand. As an undergraduate, she continued pursing her love of travel through a university exchange program to Salamanca, Spain, before earning her bachelors degree in Global Cultures, with minor in World History from UC Irvine.  From 2011-2012, Brianne taught English in Madrid and traveled around Western and Eastern Europe, and North Africa. In her free time Brianne enjoys trying new foods and researching future places to travel. She currently works for UO as the study abroad scholarships graduate assistant.

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(541) 346-3207
Graduate Assistant

Charlie is a graduate student in violin performance and pedagogy, studying with Kathryn Lucktenberg. He is currently serving as a graduate assistant and advises students considering studying abroad in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries. He has taught violin, reading, Spanish, and mathematics in various parts of Latin America, including Cuba, Bolivia, Guatemala, Argentina, and Mexico. He has performed as a violinist for the indigenous group Los Phuñaris in Bolivia, the Pablo Sanguinetti Tango-Jazz Quintet in Argentina, and as a soloist in Córdoba, Mexico, where he gave a violin workshop consisting of a series of individual, group, and master classes. He holds a B.A. in Spanish literature from Reed College and completed his thesis about Argentine detective fiction by authors Rodolfo Walsh and Jorge Luis Borges.

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(541) 346-3207
Graduate Assistant

Kouang is concurrently enrolled in the J.D. in law and master's in conflict and dispute resolution programs. He currently serves as a graduate assistant and supports students interested in studying in East and Southeast Asia.  While ernolled as an undergraduate at UC San Diego, he double-majored in international studies and Chinese studies.  He spent six months in Beijing, studying at Beijing Normal University.  During his time in China, he spent three weeks backpacking across the country and met students and travelers from pleaces as diverse as New Zealand and Spain.  His next trip to China will be a trek along the Silk Road.  Kouang also spent one summer teaching English at SIAS University, located in Henan Province, China.  When his nose is not in law books or conflict readings, he enjoys free running/parkour, cooking delicious foods, cheering for the Ducks, and enjoying the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Phone:
(541) 346-3207
Graduate Assistant

Lacey hails from the Nebraska prairie where she began many of her first adventures and completed a B.A. in English and German studies.  She has studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in East Frisia, where she wandered through mudflats and learned the intricacies of East Frisian Plattdeutsch.  While in Europe, she hiked and biked throughout Germany, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, and Hungary.  She has experience teaching English and German to non-native speakers and has spent time doing nonprofit work in equitable food access and sustainable agriculture for recent immigrant and refugee populations in Nebraska.  She is currently working on her master's degree in international studies with a food studies specialization and a certificate in nonprofit management.  As a graduate assistant, Lacey advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Europe.  When she’s not on campus, Lacey is busy growing and fermenting foods, foraging for native edible plants, and playing with watercolors.

Phone:
(541) 346-3207
Graduate Assistant

Rick is a graduate student in international studies and public administration. As a graduate assistant in UO Study Abroad Programs, he advises students for and promotes programs in Africa, Oceania, and the IE3 Global Internships program. He studied abroad at the Università di Firenze in Florence, Italy, in 2003-2004. In 2007 Rick moved to Madrid, Spain, to teach English and travel throughout Western Europe. He served as a volunteer teacher in Kosrae, Micronesia, during the 2009-2010 school year with WorldTeach and then managed the WorldTeach Kosrae program from 2010 to 2012. He enjoys hiking, and some of his adventures to date include El Camino de Santiago and the Inca Trail.

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(541) 346-3207
International Peer Assistant

Adam is a senior majoring in Economics and Math with a special interest in sports business and analytics. He spent the 2013-14 academic year studying at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and by spending a full year abroad he was able to become fully immersed in Scottish culture. He went to multiple Scottish football matches, an English Premier League game and El Clásico in Madrid! Outside of soccer, Adam traveled to Amsterdam, Hamburg, the French Alpes, Paris, London and Malta. In Oregon, Adam enjoys snowboarding, golf, exploring local restaurants and cheering on the Ducks! He hopes to live in Europe for an extended period of time and never stop traveling and exploring.

International Peer Assistant

Bryna is a senior advertising student. In 2012, she studied abroad in Lecce, Italy where she took intensive Italian language courses as well as cooking and pottery classes. She was born and raised in Oregon and developed a passion for traveling at a young age. That passion has led her to many other countries including Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. Bryna believes that studying abroad is a life changing experience that everyone should consider. After she graduates, she plans to travel back to Europe and hopefully Asia. Along with her passion for travel, she loves animals (especially her Sphynx cat) and trying every type of food!

International Peer Assistant

Chris is a senior majoring in both French and International Studies, hailing from the glorious state of Wisconsin. As a sophomore, he lived, worked, & studied in Dakar, Senegal, improving his skills with the French language, as well as studying the indigenous languages and the culture of Senegal. A lover of travel, Chris has traveled throughout the US and to over 20 countries, including extended time in Norway with his extended family. In addition to English, Chris speaks French, Wolof, and Norwegian. At the University of Oregon, he is heavily involved in the music and theatre departments, and enjoys the sports of football and baseball. He hopes to use his love of language, culture, and travel to eventually earn a master's degree in International Education.

International Peer Assistant

Emma is a senior pursuing degrees in Linguistics, International Studies, and Spanish. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she became drawn to overseas travel in high school with a year-long exchange in Hamburg, Germany. She has since been involved in two Latin American adventures, studying in Queretaro, Mexico in the summer of 2012 and Rosario, Argentina in the summer of 2013. She plans to continue pursuing as many languages as possible and hopes to inspire a love of cultures and traveling in other students as well. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and trying new recipes.

International Peer Assistant

Gaby is a senior with a double major in International Studies and Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish. She spent the summer of 2013 in Rosario, Argentina, honing her Spanish language skills and developing a keen interest in furthering social justice and human rights in the Americas. Pursuing this passion led her to spend the winter/spring of 2014 in Santiago, Dominican Republic where she completed her courses while interning at a non-profit that worked with immigrant Haitian youth.  Gaby’s love of travel runs deep, and the summer of 2014 was highlighted by a 8500 mile “ramble” across the United States. After graduation, Gaby wants to take a year or two as a national park ranger, and then continue on to study international human rights law as it pertains particularly to migrant women and the LGBTQ community in the US.

International Peer Assistant

Marina is originally from Bend, OR and is majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves the outdoors, food and cooking, and has a new love for travel since studying abroad in Italy during the spring of 2014. She hopes to share her experiences and passion for learning about new cultures with fellow students.

International Peer Assistant

Megan is a senior double majoring in Chinese and international studies, with a focus on diplomacy and East Asia. She has studied abroad four times total, three times in China and once on Semester at Sea. Additionally, she travels to Thailand and Singapore as regularly as possible to visit family. During the summer of 2014, she spent time living in a monastery in Northeast Thailand for meditation and work such as working in a permaculture garden and teaching English at the village school. Megan has been fortunate enough to be able to travel to 20 countries by age 20, and hopes to continue exploring new cultures as time allows it! On campus, she is also involved with UO UNICEF and the UO Student Sustainability Coalition. At home, she enjoys doing yoga, running and exploring the outdoors. She is excited to help her peers learn about the benefits of studying abroad! Without the help and direction of her mentors at UO, she would have not been able to afford and attend the programs she has, and hopes to extend that support to others on campus that have a dream of travelling.

International Peer Assistant

Nichole is a senior at the University of Oregon looking forward to graduating this year after fall term. She is a Psychology Major with a minor in Asian Studies with a focus on Korea. She spent the 2012-2013 academic year studying abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea and she also spent the last academic year working as an IPA for UO Study Abroad Programs. Nichole is looking toward becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the near future and hopes to get a job abroad teaching English in Asiaafter she graduates.