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Carla Santos, Director
(217) 244-3874

Dr Carla Santos is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Originally from Portugal, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University. Her research examines communicative practices as a means of addressing the socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world’s people and cultures. Specifically, her work seeks to identify and understand attitudes and beliefs of a variety of stakeholders throughout the tourism development process. Her research in Europe has focused on the entanglement in advancing an inclusive European identity, common historical pasts, and contemporary tourism narratives. Her work appears extensively in the premier national and international journals in her field, and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as CBS News, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She holds additional faculty appointments in the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Anthropology, is a member of the Executive Committee of CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management & Policy, as well as a faculty affiliate in several area studies centers. Professor Santos was recently selected by her peers to receive the 2016 King James McCristal Distinguished Scholar award from the College of Applied Health Sciences for her outstanding achievements in scholarship.

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Maxime H. A. Larivé, Associate Director  and Director of Graduate Studies
(217) 265-8178

Maxime H. A. Larivé (PhD) is Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he held a position of Research Associate at the European Union Center at the University of Miami and worked as an International Expert in Education for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-15). He was also a Consultant for the European Commission/PPMI serving as the country expert for the U.S. on a global project studying the public perception of the EU in several strategic countries. Dr. Larivé holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami, a M.A. degree in Political Science from Suffolk University, and a Maitrise in History and Geography from University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and has completed a Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami. His main areas of research include European security and defense, transatlantic relations, energy security and trade relations between the EU and the US. Dr. Larivé’s publications include Debating European Security and Defense Policy. Understanding the Complexity” (2014), articles in European Security,The National Interest, and World Politics Review, and chapters in edited volumes.


Sebnem Ozkan
Outreach Coordinator, FLAS Coordinator
(217) 244-0570

Sebnem Ozkan works as Outreach Coordinator at the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She coordinates Center’s programs and events, is actively engaged in outreach with the consular corps in Chicago, civic organizations, secondary schools, regional universities, and the general public. She also serves as the coordinator of the EUC’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program. Prior to joining the EUC staff, Sebnem worked at the Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as project assistant and student advisor from 1999-2008. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. degree in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations from Ankara University/Faculty of Political Science (SBF). She is a specialist on EU-Turkey relations, EU social policy, industrial relations and labor issues.

Kim Rice, Office Manager
(217) 265-7515

Kim Rice has worked for the European Union Center since 2004. As Office Manager, Kim provides administrative, budgetary, and organizational support for EUC staff, affiliated faculty, and students. She assists with event planning, budget and grant reporting, reimbursements, and hiring student employees. In addition, she provides support for the Master of Arts degree program by processing student applications, course information, and student petitions and overseeing the graduation certification process.




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Neil Vander Most,  Visiting Coordinator of Academic Programs

Neil Vander Most (PhD) is the Visiting Academic Coordinator for the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Dr. Vander Most holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research specializes in Dutch and Flemish politics, immigration and the integration of immigrants into Europe, and radical right parties. Dr. Vander Most oversees the academic and curricular elements of the Center’s mission, including frequently teaching courses on topics relevant to European Union Studies, managing the Center’s degree programs, and exploring new ways to educate students of all backgrounds.