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CGIS Staff

Shannon O'Lear
Professor, Director, Center for Global and International Studies
Lindley Hall, Room 213

Eric A. Hanley
Associate Professor
Fraser Hall, Room 712

Erik Scott
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2610

Director of Graduate Studies, CGIS 

GIST 376: Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas

Academic Director, European Studies Program, CGIS, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures

Lorie Vanchena is the Academic Director for European Studies and Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at KU.

Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Duhamel is the Outreach Coordinator for CGIS.

Office Manager, Program Assistant
201 Bailey Hall

Jessica has been with CGIS since it opened in 2009. She provides administrative, media and other support for the Center for Global & International Studies and its associated academic programs. Duties include course scheduling, HR and Finance liaison, website and social media maintenance, promotional and communication design, coordination of special events (graduation and special lectures) and supervising student hourly workers.

Advising Specialist
200 Bailey Hall

For students needing advising for the Global & International Studies undergraduate Major or Minor, please make an appointment with our academic advisor, Laura Leonard by call 785-864-3500.

Clare Thoman
Graduate Advisor, GIST MA, GIST ISP MA
Bailey Hall

Clare provides advising for students in the GIST Graduate programs, including the GIST MA and the GIST ISP (Interagency Studies) and FAS MA Tracks. She guides graduate students throughout their time at KU, including the admissions process, enrollment, petitions, comprehensive/final exams, and graduation. 



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