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Anna Westerståhl Stenport Anna Westerståhl Stenport
(217) 300-2681
Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and a Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar.  A native of Sweden's Göteborg, she holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Uppsala University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Anna is an Affiliate Associate Professor [Docent] at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and was a Visiting Associate Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow in the Europe Center at Stanford University during the 2011-12 academic year. She has also taught at UC Berkeley and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. 

Her teaching and scholarship focuses on modern European film, literature, theater, media, and culture, with a particular focus on Nordic  and Arctic studies. Anna has served as one of the Faculty Liaisons for the INSPIRE strategic partnership between the University of Illinois and three partner institutions in Sweden, as well as an Dean’s Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences focusing on international issues for the college. She also holds faculty appointments in the College of Media and the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
Photo of Matthew Rosenstein Matthew Rosenstein
Senior Associate Director, Director of Graduate Studies
(217) 244-5085
Matthew A. Rosenstein is Senior Associate Director of the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois, a position he has held since August 2010. He is responsible for managing the Center's day-to-day affairs. His duties include administration of institutional grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Title VI) and European Commission; program development; oversight of EUC's publications and web presence; supervision of staff; and interaction with the Center's external constituents and other units on campus. Rosenstein also serves as EUC's Director of Graduate Studies, coordinating the Master of Arts degree program and graduate minor in EU Studies. Prior to joining the EUC staff, he was the Associate Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) from 2001-2010. At ACDIS, he managed grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and National Security Education Program (Department of Defense), and edited and authored numerous publications on South Asian and transatlantic security issues. Rosenstein holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. degree in Russian, history, and French from Duke University.
Sebnemm Ozkan's photo 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.
Photo of Kim Rice 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.

Lauren Hoerr

Lauren Hoerr
Web Developer
Lauren Hoerr is a Graduate Assistant at the European Union Center, supporting the EUC website. She is a second year Master's student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois with an interest in reference & instruction and public libraries. She received her Bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Film Studies from Saint Louis University in 2010. She enjoys reading, film, baking, and running.
Lindsay Ozburn Lindsay Ozburn
Graduate Assistant
Lindsay Ozburn is a first 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. While at U of I, she specialized in ethnomusicology, studying Guinean Mande drumming, Ghanaian Ewe drumming, Arab and Balkan music. Combining her love of history and middle Eastern/ Mediterranean music, her undergraduate thesis focused on the musical iconography of Ancient Egyptian wall painting, looking at their similarities to instruments and musical practices found in the modern age. Lindsay is an avid performer, playing with several world music groups at various festivals and conferences around the Midwest, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Waterloo Bosnian Arts Festival, and the Urbana Sweet Corn festival. After graduating, Lindsay continued performing with U of I’s premiere Balkan ensemble, Balkanalia, cultivating her love for Balkan music and Greek culture. Her research interests include Greece, international educational policies, musical identities, EU-Mediterranean relations, and the importance of transatlantic relations. Lindsay is currently a Graduate Assistant for the European Union Center. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys cooking, watching Jane Austen movies, traveling, her cats, jam sessions, and playing a good video game.
Kristin Marron
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Ilias Boralis
Graduate Assistant

Ilias Bolaris is a first year MAEUS student. He has studied Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and Law at the Faculty of Law at the European University of Cyprus in Nicosia. He is a trainee lawyer of the Athens Bar Association in Athens. His main academic interests are  the relations between the European Union and the Middle East, the relations between Muslims and Christians, and dynamics between Islam and democracy. Αs a lawyer he is interested in International Business Law. He wants to conduct research on international and business law as relating to Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean basin. He speaks Greek and German.
Andrew Schwenk
Graduate Assistant
Andrew Schwenk is in his first 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 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 European institutions, EU foreign policy, the far-right, and the relationship between Northern and Southern Europe. In his spare time, Andrew likes to practice foreign languages, read about the history of Europe and the Western Hemisphere, and play various musical instruments.

Barbara Myers
Graduate Assistant

Barbara Myers is a first year MAEUS student. 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 her love of reading and languages have guided her to a career in literary translation. Her research interests include post-colonial discourses in the EU and how they have affected immigration policy; how works of literature by current early- and mid-career Scandinavian, Netherlands, and Flemish writers of immigrant descent reflect understandings of gender and cultural identity; works of speculative fiction from Scandinavia and BeNeLux; and contemporary Spanish-language writers. In her spare time, Barbara likes to read, practice languages, sing, travel, play Bananagrams, and enjoy a good cup of coffee, Hefeweizen, or Belgian ale.