Victoria Bauer is a first year MAEUS student. She received her B.A. in French and Francophone Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University. Victoria’s research interests include gender equality, the cultural barriers of the European Union (including language), and French and Francophone Civilizations. During her time at Illinois Wesleyan, she spent a semester abroad in Nantes, France in a language and cultural immersion program. She also completed an independent research project about the identity of the French woman defined by the Napoleonic Code. Victoria is also a FLAS fellow continuing to study higher level French for her eleventh year. In her spare time, Victoria reads francophone literature, plans to travel back to France (and several other destinations in Europe), and enjoys a variety of different foods.
Raphaela Berding received a Bachelor’s degree in Multilingual Communications with a focus on Translation and Interpreting from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany in 2015. The languages that were included were of course German, but also English and Spanish. During her studies, she spent one semester studying abroad in the US at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. She worked on international trade fairs which got her aware of the globalized world and the importance of understanding the different institutions that play a role. She is very interested in different cultures of every kind and everything related to that, including language and customs for example. She wrote her Bachelor thesis about the situation of German women in Dubai. After high school graduation, She went on an eight months trip through Australia and also visited New Zealand, and some countries in South East Asia. She also travelled to certain countries in Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. There are still a lot of places she wants to visit. In her spare time, she love to read and is very sportive.
Katherine Brown is a first year MAEUS student. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 2016. As an undergraduate, she specialized in terrorism, border security, and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian affairs. She also had the privilege of working in the United States Senate for two years and has worked on both a Senate and US Presidential campaign. She plans to research EU-Russian affairs, extremist movements in Europe, and border security issues. In her spare time, Katherine likes to travel, watch the Chicago Blackhawks, and play with her four rescued dogs. She is also an experienced and avid figure skater.
Carlo Di Giulio is a second year MAEUS student. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in IT Law and Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna, Italy. Since his graduation, Carlo has worked as a consultant for a major Italian company specialized in IT Trust Services, being involved in the design of dematerialization projects for the Italian Public Administration and private business companies in Italy, France, and Spain. During his professional development, Carlo has been involved in IT law compliance and digital identity issues from a national and European perspective. His research interest is in the European Digital Agenda, privacy, security, and information assurance. In his spare time, Carlo likes to explore new places, use his boxing gloves, play his ES-175 guitar, and make bread.
Jack Driggs is a second year MAEUS student. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jack’s research interests are focused around foreign policy, crises, and economic trends within the European Union. He aims to conduct research on the economic implications of the recent migrant crisis within the Eurozone. Outside of the Classroom Jack is a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams here at Illinois.
Bethany Glock is a second year MAEUS students. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Studies, and Russian Studies from Saint Louis University in 2015. Her research interests include the relationship between the European Union and Russia, Polish history and politics, and the relationship between governments and religious institutions. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, Bethany was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Polish. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys theology, working for LCMS U (the campus ministry network of the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod), singing in choirs, volunteering, and drinking coffee.
Paula Jaime Agramon is a second year MAEUS student. She has studied Marketing and Management at East Tennessee State University where she also got her Masters of Business Administration. Originally from Spain she came to the United States in 2008 with an athletic scholarship to play tennis at ETSU. She has worked as a manager at a tennis resort in Vermont for 5 summers. While pursuing her MBA she completed two internships working with social media marketing and developing and designing websites for local businesses. This past year Paula worked for a national insurance company as a Sales Representative and started working for the U of I in Illinois International as a Communications Assistant. She will also be working part time at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in the communications department. Paula is intending to apply for a Graduate Minor in Corporate Governance and International Business while completing her MAEUS track in Business, Economics and Finance. Paula speaks Spanish and Portuguese and will study German in the fall semester.
Marshall Janevicius is a first year MAEUS student. He received his B.S. in Advertising and B.A. in French Commercial Studies – Business Administration at the University of Illinois in 2016. During the spring of 2014, Marshall studied at l’Institut Catholique de Paris for a semester where he completed a research project on the social and technological transformation in Parisian metro advertisements. For his undergraduate thesis, Marshall wrote and presented a project on the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis related to the legal obligations of the European Union. Along with immigration and refugee issues, Marshall is also interested in European education policy. Marshall will continue his French studies in graduate school and begin his Arabic language studies during the fall semester. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys performing in multiple bands and competing in triathlon races.
Barbara Myers is in her final year of the MAEUS program. Before graduate school, she completed her BA at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and went on to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in Creative Writing (Fiction) from NU. Barbara is a published fiction and freelance writer, and she does Swedish>English and Spanish>English literary translation. Her research interests include multilingualism, RIM languages, multiculturalism, and integration spaces. In addition to reading, writing, and practicing languages, Barbara enjoys singing, traveling, playing the cello, and drinking a good cup of coffee, cider, or Belgian ale.
Lindsay Ozburn is a third year MAEUS student. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music History with a minor in African Studies from the University of Illinois in 2012. As an undergraduate, she specialized in ethnomusicology, studying Arab and Balkan music, Guinean Mande drumming, and Ghanaian Ewe drumming. Her current research includes Greek and EU asylum policy and area studies librarianship. In the Fall of 2016, she will begin a second Master’s degree in Library Science, combining her passion for area studies, foreign languages, and libraries to focus on a career in Area Studies and Academic Librarianship. Lindsay has held FLAS Fellowships with the European Union Center since 2014, studying Modern Greek up until Spring 2016 and Turkish through Spring 2017. She served as a Graduate Assistant to the European Union Center for 1 ½ years, and now works for the International & Area Studies Library and Center for Global Studies as their Library Graduate Assistant. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys cooking, swimming, watching Jane Austen movies, traveling, her cats, jam sessions, and playing a good video game.
Rafael Rodriguez is a first year MAEUS student from Colombia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education of Foreign Language Teaching. During his studies, he had the opportunity to participate in several work and summer camp exchange programs in the United States. After being a teacher of English and French for two years in several K-12 schools in Colombia, once he graduated in 2010, he was hired by the same company that ran the exchange programs in which he participated. In three years he went from interviewer of new applicants to Director of the Sports Exchange Programs. Later in 2014 he came to Champaign and obtained a certificate in International Business Management at Parkland College where he was awarded with two scholarships and graduated with honors. Using the Optional Practical Training offered to international students, he worked for one year with one of the major leasing companies in Champaign-Urbana, managing the public relations with the student organizations at UIUC. He is very interested in doing research about the political and cultural relations between the European Union and Colombia and how these relations could be boosted now that peace has been signed after several years of civil war.
Andrew Schwenk is in his second year of the MAEUS program. Before graduate school, he also attended the University of Illinois for his BA, which he earned in the Fall of 2014 in German and Anthropology. He combined these two topics in his Anthropology Capstone project, which focused on the history of the far-right in Germany and Austria since the end of WWII. During his undergraduate studies, Andrew also enjoyed a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. His research interests include language policy, regional and European identity, the far-right, and the relationship between Northern and Southern Europe. This fall, he will begin writing his thesis on the relationship between the European Union and revitalization of Low German in northern Germany. In his spare time, Andrew likes to practice foreign languages, read about the history and culture of Europe and Japan, and play various musical instruments.