Current Students


Paula Agramon is in her last year of the MAEUS program and she will be working on her thesis while doing an internship abroad in Switzerland working for leading biotech company Roche, doing communications and marketing. Paula’s thesis will be based on her internship and she will be looking at the influence that the European Union has on Roche’s product marketing strategy. Paula is originally from Madrid, Spain and she came to the US in 2008 with an athletic scholarship to play tennis and graduated in 2012 with a Double Major in Marketing and Management from East Tennessee State University. She then graduated from the same school with an MBA in 2014.



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.

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.

Jordan Evans-Kaplan is a current student.

James Fleener is a current student.

Viktoria Loidl is a first year MAEUS student. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Graz, Austria. Throughout her undergraduate career, she also completed significant coursework within the Bachelor’s program English and American Studies as well as within her minor “Europe: Languages, Business, Economics, and Law”. While Viktoria is originally from Austria, she also spent a significant part of her undergraduate studies studying abroad in North Carolina. Viktoria hopes to combine her interests in the European Union, business, economics, and different languages throughout the MAEUS program and she plans to focus her research projects on issues concerning international relations relating to Business and Economics between the U.S. and Europe. This past summer she spent her time gaining relevant work experience in Toronto, Canada by interning at the Austrian Trade Commission. Viktoria is currently a Teaching Assistant for LAS First Year Experience. In her free time, she likes to catch up with friends, workout as well as cook and bake.


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. She will include these research interests in her thesis, which focuses on the different EU responses to separatist movements. 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.

Jessica Mrase is a current student.













Victoria Prince is a current student.

Allison Wheeler is a first year MAEUS student and will earn her Bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and German in December 2018. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she focused on global security with her involvement in the ACDIS certificate program and Germanic sociocultural and business studies. In 2017, she spent a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria, where she was a student at the University of Vienna and immersed herself in all aspects of Austrian culture. Outside of academics, Allison is a member of the Marching Illini clarinet section and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, women’s international music fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary college band fraternity. As reflected by her activities, she loves to be involved as much as she can on the UIUC campus and is eager to start her journey with the European Union Studies program and all that comes with it!

Javier Zenil Pena is a first year MAEUS student. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Parkland College. His MAEUS research involves transatlantic relations between the US and the European Union, specifically dealing with economic and free-trade matters. Javier participated in a study abroad program in the summer of 2017 studying international relations and media and war at the Lorenzo di Medici International Institute in Florence, Italy, and in the summer of 2018 started studying the Italian language at Babilonia Language Institute in Taormina, Italy. As a current FLAS fellow, he is continuing his studies of the Italian language. Javier is interested in working for the US State Department in the diplomacy area. Some of his hobbies are spending time with his family, traveling, and learning about other cultures and international cuisine. Javier was born and raised in Mexico.