Welcome to the UIC Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is based in the Office of Public and Government Affairs at UIC. OIArepresents UIC abroad and in relations with local and national partners who collaborate with UIC on international projects.

OIA supports the efforts of our campus’s fifteen colleges as they engage globally. We host international visitors and delegations, visiting scholars and international exchange students.


The 2015 Chancellor’s Diaspora Cluster Initiative Lecture Series presents:

Dr. Lee Ann S. Wang

“Enforced Safety in a Securitized State:  Gender Violence Against Asian Diasporic Women, Policing, and the Legal Fiction of Cooperation”


This talk will discuss immigration visas designed to provide humanitarian protection to undocumented survivors of violence, but only in exchange for serving the purposes of police and a securitized state.  As part of a larger ethnographic study of non-profit legal advocates who serve Asian diasporic communities across the San Francisco Bay Area, this talk argues that the law invents women into a new kind of legal subject, able to enter the body of the civil only if they are “willing” cooperators with law enforcement. As such, the legal figure of immigrant woman is a paradox, governed by whiteness and heteropatriarchy, coerced into both the innocent object of humanitarian fortification and the subject whose reform unfurls criminal enforcement. The sexual politics of enforced safety builds and naturalizes the securitized state, making urgent and critical the work of Asian American Studies as a field positioned to reimagine diaspora by rethinking how we understand immigration.

Lee Ann Wang is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She has worked as a community organizer, youth mentor, and legal advocate with anti-violence, immigrant rights, and community building Asian American and multiracial organizations in Los Angeles, Detroit, and San Francisco.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2:00-3:30 pm 

Room 2028 

University Hall

UIC East Campus
601 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607

This event is sponsored by the Diaspora Cluster Initiative and the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For more information, contact
Hanan Wuhush at hwuhus2@uic.edu

Please link on the following link to download the flyer for this event:  WANG_FLYER


Congratulations to Professor Craig Foster on being selected as a

Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Foster has been selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant to India. He will be traveling to India with his proposal.

A brief abstract of his proposal:

Earthen buildings are an old technology experiencing renewed interest,
both in developing and developed countries, for economic and environmental
reasons. This proposal focuses on creating material models that can be
used to examine mechanical behavior, predict safe use, and improve
performance. Central to the research are the interaction of the
constituent particles and the addition of natural fibers for ductility.
The mathematical models will be validated and improved by experiments at
the host institution, building a collaboration between experimentalists
and modelers. A seminar series on modeling for earthen materials will aid
those conducting research at the host institution.

Images of Proposal


Congratulations to the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship

Awardees  2014 

Ariel Pollock

Christina Mekonen

Dody Hutabarat

Duc Vu

Evanka Swampillai

Michael Armando Paredes Canilao

Percy Jinga

Sanket Yeole

Syeda Raza

Tunde Cserpes


Congratulations to the Five UIC faculty who have been selected as

Fulbright scholars for 2014-2015


Five faculty members from the University of Illinois at Chicago have been selected as Fulbright scholars for 2014-15. They are among 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the flagship international educational exchange  sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Please click on the link below for this news release, with accompanying photos,

UIC News Fulbright Scholars 14-15