Current Students


Victoria BauerVictoria 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.

Katherine BrownKatherine 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.

Alberto M. Burgos-Rivera will be heading up his second year in the MAEUS Program. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, most of Alberto’s research interests have been inspired by the island’s political situation. As a result, he has developed a keen interest in island politics, ethnic and identity politics, as well as nationalist movements. Alberto pursued his BA in Political Science at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras where he wrote his Honors thesis on the role of political elites in implementing binding referendums on political status in both New Caledonia and Puerto Rico. As for his MAEUS research project, he is interested in researching the EU’s integration policies in regards to its ultraperipheral regions such as the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores, and the French DOMs and TOMs. Alberto is currently a FLAS fellow studying advanced French and starting the next academic year, he will continue his fellowship by studying basic Italian. In regards to hobbies, Alberto mostly likes to read, spend time with friends, study languages, and listen to music. After MAEUS Alberto’s goal is to pursue a PhD in Political Science and continue carrying on research in the areas of ethnic and identity politics.


Paula AgramonPaula 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.


Genie Melamed is a second year MAEUS student, having first been a BA/MA student the previous year. She received her B.A. in political science and geography with a concentration in human geography from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Genie’s research interests include separatist movements and far right parties. During her time at the University of Illinois she studied abroad in Berlin, where she vastly improved her German language skills. Genie is a FLAS fellow continuing to study higher level German. She is also well travelled, having been to Spain, Italy, Israel, and Norway, among other countries. Genie has spent her summers gaining work experience, both as an intern for a US Congresswoman and as an intern for the governor of Illinois. In her free time she likes to catch up on her favorite tv shows.