People

Jerry Dávila is Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute. He is also the Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History. Dávila’s research focuses on the influence of racial thought on public policy in Brazil, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.  He is the author of Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Public Policy in Brazil (Duke, 2003), and Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013). He is also co-author of A History of World Societies, 11th ed. (Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2018).

Colleen Murphy, Acting Executive Director, is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law.  Murphy holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science, and she is the Humanities Research Institute - Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Legal Humanities. Murphy is serving as the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for the 2021-2022 Academic Year; in fall 2022 will return to serve as the Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) in the Illinois Global Institute (IGI), a position she has held since 2013. Her research focuses specifically on political reconciliation and transitional justice in response to entrenched injustice, and on the legal and ethical dimensions of risks.  Murphy is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Katrina Chester became IGI's Senior Business Operations Manager in January 2019 and oversees all aspects of the Institute's operations. Prior to coming on board, she served as the Grants and Contracts Specialist at Illinois International. In this position, she served as the primary contact in support of proposal writing, grant administration, and required reporting for IIP Centers and Programs. Before joining IIP, Katrina served as the Outreach/Program Coordinator for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC). She holds an M.S. in Education from Indiana University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

JoAnne Geigner is the Communications Coordinator for the Institute, and she is looking forward to working with the international area study centers and thematic programs, helping to provide connections both local and global. Prior to joining IGI, she was on the Urbana-Champaign campus with the Parallel Programming Group in Computer Science. She has held communications and training positions with a Fortune 50 corporation, a K-12 school district, and an academic journal. She earned a B.A. in Literature/Communications from Benedictine University.

Allyson Magno is the Office Support Associate for the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP). She completed her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and then her Master’s in Speech Pathology at the University of Iowa. Before joining IGI, she worked in public schools for nearly 7 years providing speech and language therapy services to students in grades Pre-K to 12. Allyson assists with maintaining calendars and records, scheduling meetings, updating listservs and newsletters, processing transactions, and other clerical tasks.

Kelli Manning is the Accounting Associate at the Institute. She has worked at the university for almost 14 years. Kelli has experience with TEM, Banner, iBuy, statements, post-award grants, FABweb, P-card & T-card, and all things accounting. Please contact Kelli with any accounting or administrative questions you have, she is happy to help.

Jill Randell is excited to take over the Human Resources office for the Illinois Global Institute! She has been in human resources at the university for over eight years, handling all aspects of an HR office from payroll to searches to visa processing – and everything in between!  Jill has a passion for helping others and will do what she can to assist with your employment needs. Do not hesitate to contact Jill as she is thrilled to help.

Rachel Stauffer is the Visiting Project Coordinator for the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC). She completed her MA and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. She has worked as the Outreach Coordinator in a Title VI-funded national resource center (NRC) for East Asian Studies and as a K-16 educator of Russian and Spanish. Rachel is thrilled to join IGI staff in supporting grants and programs to promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.