Area Studies Centers

University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers

Center for African Studies (CAS): promotes the study of Africa by arranging visiting by African scholars, mentoring students, developing teaching aids, and organizing seminars, conferences, and symposia where people can exchange ideas in addition to off-campus teaching, curriculum development, and informational resources relating to the African continent.
Interim Director: Mamimouna Barro (

Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS): is devoted to the enhancement of campus teaching and learning on East Asia and to outreach programming on East Asia for educators, the public, and media and business professionals.
Outreach Coordinator: Duane Johansen (

Center for Global Studies (CGS): seeks to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
Outreach Coordinator: Jeremie Smith (

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS): fosters spaces of academic and cultural exchange between scholars, students, and regional K-14 instructors, with communities of the Americas.
Outreach Coordinator: Alejandra S-Seufferheld (

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC): coordinates and promotes curricula, organizing diverse programming activities, supporting area research, and offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor as well as a master’s degree and graduate certificate program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Associate Director: Maureen Marshall (

Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES): promotes research and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East through academics, language studies, outreach, and the annual Turkish Studies Symposium and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series.
Associate Director: Angela Williams (

European Union Center (EUC): serves as the focal point for teaching, research, and outreach on the European Union whose sponsored projects, affiliated faculty, academic programs, and outreach and public engagement activities foreground interdisciplinary, inclusivity, and international perspectives on Europe and Transatlantic Relations.
Outreach Coordinator: Sebnem Ozkan ( )