About Us

The Global Studies Institute (GSI) is a unit of UO's Division of Global Engagement. GSI hosts and supports UO’s internationally-oriented research centers, programs, and initiatives. Our goal is to enhance faculty research, enrich student global engagement with faculty, and promote the University of Oregon’s academic excellence at home and with partners around the world. In partnership with UO schools and colleges, GSI encourages interdisciplinary and cross-regional research, curriculum development, and community outreach.

How We Accomplish Our Mission

  • Serve as an incubator, coordinator, and promoter of the full range of international programs, projects, and initiatives on campus.
  • Increase faculty research, impact, translation and service
  • Pursue a vigorous fundraising and grant writing program to seed and sustain global projects with the greatest impact on faculty recruitment and retention.
  • Achieve economies of scale and efficiencies by pooling resources and sharing staff among internationally-oriented, centers, programs and initiatives.

Contact Us

5209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Physical locations:
3rd Floor Oregon Hall - GSI staff
110 Gerlinger - CAPS staff

Phone: 541-346-3206

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Meet the Staff

Elly Vandegrift Headshot

​​​​​Elly Vandegrift
Director, Global Studies Institute

Meaghan Bogart Headshot

Meaghan Bogart
Global Engagement Program Coordinator

Leadership of GSI Centers

Maram Epstein
Director, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
(541) 346-5068

Julie Sykes
Director, Center for Applied Second Language Studies
(541) 346-5705

Peter Laufer, Steven Shankman
Co-Directors, Crossings Institute

Yekang Ko
Program Director, APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub

Global Justice Committee
Global Justice Program

Jeffrey Measelle, Josh Snodgrass, Jo Weaver, Clare Evans, Kristin Yarris
Co-Directors, Center for Global Health

David Hollenberg
Islamic Studies Initiative

Tuong Vu
Director, US-Vietnam Research Center