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 book on land tenure, local government and sustainable development in rural Senegal, The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal (University of California Press, 2004) won the 2005 Best Book Award from the African Politics Conference Group. 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 is currently completing a book entitled Everyday Nation Building, which explores the ongoing, ordinary-life construction of inclusive forms of identity and community in Senegal and in Central Java, Indonesia.  He is the Co-Director of the Global Oregon Initiative, a strategic initiative to promote internationalization at the University of Oregon.  In this role, he led the development of the recently announced Gabon-Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development

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) 346-5299
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Accounting Technician
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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

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.

Phone:
(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.

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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.

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.

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(541) 346-3207
Graduate Assistant

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(541) 346-3207
International Peer Assistant

Chris is a junior majoring in both French and international studies, hailing from the glorious state of Wisconsin.  As a sophomore, he lived and studied in Dakar, Senegal, improving his skills with the French language, as well as studying the indigenous languages and the culture of Senegal.  Additionally, Chris has traveled to France, England, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Mexico, Canada, and more extended time in Norway with his extended family.  Domestically, Chris has travelled throughout the continental United States.  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 languages and to eventually earn a master's degree in international education.

International Peer Assistant

Annika is a junior pursuing a double major in human physiology and international studies with a focus in Latin America and public health.  She has studied abroad twice in Latin America.  In the summer of 2012, she attended school in Querétaro, Mexico.  In the winter and spring of 2013, she studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad de San Francisco (USFQ).  International exchanges have defined her college experience and future goals.  In Ecuador, Annika volunteered at a birthing clinic and carried out an undergraduate research grant that resulted in a 14-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy hearing for the first time.  She loves culture and adventure – her defining moments in South America including summiting a 19,440-foot, ice-covered volcano and traveling through Ecuador, Peru and Chile for three weeks on her own following the exchange.  Annika has also traveled to seven countries in Europe and four countries in Asia.  As an intrnational peer assistant, she is eager to guide fellow students in making studying abroad as enriching and enjoyable as possible.

International Peer Assistant

Keaton is majoring in international studies and Romance languages with focuses in cross-cultural communication and indigenous studies, and French and Spanish, respectively.  Keaton lived, worked, and studied in Poitiers, France, in the fall of 2012 and has also visited Paris and Nice in France, as well as the Netherlands, Cataluña, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.  At the UO, Keaton works with the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team and helps organize the UO Muggle Quidditch League and the League of Legends Club.

International Peer Assistant

Yesica studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain, during the spring semester of 2013.  She is originally from Phoenix, Oregon, and studies ethnic studies and Spanish at the University of Oregon.  On campus, she has connections with the Multicultural Center, the Oportunidades Outreach Program, and the Oregon Students of Color Coalition.  Previously, she has traveled to Osaka, Japan, on a high school exchange program.

International Peer Assistant

Nichole is a senior at the UO and is majoring in psychology.  She spent the 2012-13 academic year studying abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.  Her year at Hanyang University was spent taking intensive language courses and immersing herself in Korean culture.  From her study abroad experience she discovered her love of language learning and linguistics, and now she hopes to study language teaching in graduate school after she graduates from the UO.

International Peer Assistant

Becca is a double major in Chinese and international studies with a concentration on environment.  She has studied abroad twice in Harbin, China, where she focused on improving her Chinese language proficiency.  She has done some independent travel throughout China, including the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and various other locations.  She believes that studying abroad is an amazing experience and would love a chance to travel to several other countries in order to learn about different cultures, traditions and ways of life.