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Nancy Abelmann
Nancy Abelmann 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 the University 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 and higher education in Brazil. Professor Hunter has taught several EUI courses at Illinois State University, and has served as co-director of the initiative since 2006.

Tim Cain
Tim Cain is Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Organization & Leadership, and has served as co-director since 2008. His research explores historical and modern topics involving academic freedom, campus speech, university administration, and faculty unionization.  In this work, he seeks to understand the development of modern policies and structures, as well as the experiences of students and faculty in trying situations.  Tim teaches courses on the foundations of higher education, college students, diversity in higher education, and the changing college curriculum.
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Sharon Irish

Sharon Irish is an art and architectural historian as well as interim director of the Community Informatics Initiative (CII), a research center at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and EUI Informatics Director, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In her work with CII, Sharon is involved with information and communication technologies in geographically-based communities. She has published extensively on the architecture of Cass Gilbert, and her latest book Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (2010) explores the intersections of urban and architectural spaces with contemporary art.
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