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Nancy Ablemann
Nancy Ablemann is Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and is currently Director of The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Professor Abelmann has published books on social movements in contemporary South Korea, on Korean America, and on women and social mobility in postcolonial South Korea. Her current book project, The Intimate University is a transnational ethnography of the educational trajectories of Korean American public college students as they articulate with the educational histories of their émigré parents. Professor Abelmann is one of three co-founders of the Ethnography of theUniversity Initiative, and has served as its co-director since 2003.
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Gina Hunter
Gina Hunter is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University. Her ethnographic research has focused on reproductive health, gender and sexuality, and development in Brazil. Professor Bessa has taught several EUI courses at Illinois State University, and has served as co-director of the initiative since 2006.

Catherine Prendergast
Catherine Prendergast is Professor of English, core faculty of the Center for Writing Studies, and affiliate faculty of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. She is author of Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of Education a work that examines the tangled history of literacy initiatives and civil rights movement, and Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World is a critical ethnography of English language learners in a post-communist state. Catherine Prendergast has served as co-director of EUI since 2007.
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