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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.


Sebnem Ozkan, Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies | | (217) 244-0570

Sebnem Ozkan (Ph.D.) Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center. Sebnem provides strategic guidance for developing core areas of the EUC, execute the Center’s programmatic activities, and oversee EUC’s academic programs. Sebnem started working at the EUC in 2008 as Outreach Coordinator and has played a key role in acquisition and execution of various EU and federal grants; created numerous innovative outreach programs; initiated, coordinated, and taught courses in the MA in EU Studies (MASEUS) program; and also served as the coordinator of and advisor for the EUC’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program. Prior to joining the EUC staff, Sebnem worked at the European Studies Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as research project assistant and graduate research fellow from 1999-2008. She holds Ph.D. and M.S. 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 (Mülkiye). She is a specialist on Turkish politics; EU-Turkey relations; and European social and industrial policy and labor and employment 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.