Staff Bios

Chris Deegan, Director

Chris joined UIC as the Director of Study Abroad in May 2004. He earned his Masters degree in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii and then continued graduate work as a Degree Fellow with the East West Center in Honolulu. His doctoral fieldwork focused on the cultural geography of pilgrimage and identity in the Narmada River valley of central India.

For over a decade he was a research consultant in India for international and non-governmental organizations. He worked on issues ranging from the tensions between agricultural production and cultural practice, to disease eradication strategies in vulnerable rural communities.

He then began a second career in international education. He spent three years as a study abroad Program Director in India and a dozen years as a college administrator and consultant developing curricula and overseeing academic study abroad programs in locations as diverse as Mongolia, Sumatra, Viet Nam, India, and the Pacific island nations of Fiji and Samoa. Send an e-mail?

Irina Krymova, Associate Director

Irina holds a Bachelor's degree in Oriental Studies and Chinese Linguistics from Moscow State University, Russia. As an undergraduate, she participated in an academic year study abroad program at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. She was awarded her MBA at UIC in 2002. Irina has travelled widely, undertaken study abroad program evaluation site visits, and represented UIC Study Abroad at professional meetings. Send an e-mail?

Albert Miliauskas, Assistant Director

Albert joined the Study Abroad Office as a Peer Advisor in August of 2004 while completing his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After graduation he became a full-time Academic Advisor. While an undergraduate, he participated in the academic year Baltic Studies Program at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. His travel has taken him to more than thirty-five countries on three continents which has included program evaluation site visits to India and Indonesia. Albert is currently completing his Masters degree in Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Send an e-mail?

Krystal Williams, International Program Specialist

Krystal joined the UIC Study Abroad Office as a student worker in July of 2006. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2007. As an undergraduate, she was very active in student organizations and received many honors and awards related to student leadership. She was the President of the AAAN Ambassadors, the Student Advisor for the Unity in Christ Gospel Chorus, and Chair for the UIC Community Service Committee. After graduating, she became a full-time academic advisor in the Study Abroad Office and she is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration.  She recently returned from a program site visit to China and Spain. Send an email?



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