Program Administration


2015-07-10_Matthew_Jacobs-8042Dr. Matthew F. Jacobs

Director, International Studies Program and Undergraduate Academic Programs

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the UF Department of History and Director of the International Studies Program. He received a Ph.D. in 2002 in U.S. History with a specialty in Foreign Relations from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Jacobs also directs the implementation of UF’s Learning without Borders, a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing global awareness and intercultural communication campus-wide. Dr. Jacobs advises students in the International Studies Program whose region of focus is Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East.

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Paloma Rodriguez

Associate Director, International Studies Program and Undergraduate Academic Programs

Paloma serves as the administrative and academic coordinator for the International Studies Program. She also supports the implementation of UF’s Learning without Borders. Paloma holds an M.A. in Classics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of South Florida. She is currently a PhD candidate in Classical Civilization at the University of Florida. Paloma has spent 20 years working as a Humanities and language instructor in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Paloma is available to advise International Studies students on degree progress, coursework and requirements.

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Lisa-BeachLisa L. Booth

Executive Director, Center for European Studies

Lisa is a Ph.D. Candidate in Modern European History, with a specialization in Modern Russian History. She is currently working on a dissertation on the intersection of Jazz and Russian culture in the 1950s and 1960s.She has taught courses in Central and Eastern European history, and has designed two courses for the Center for European Studies, “The Cold War in the Soviet Union” and “Jazz and Rock in the Soviet Bloc.” Prior to coming to the Center she was a visiting instructor in History at Florida Gulf Coast University. Lisa advises students in the International Studies Program whose region of focus is Europe.

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Ren Liu

Graduate Assistant, Undergraduate Academic Programs

Ren is from Beijing, China and joins UF from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a M.S. in Educational Linguistics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Research and Evaluation Methodology in the College of Education. Ren’s primary position responsibility is supporting the assessment activities associated with UF’s Learning without Borders. Ren is often the first point of contact for International Studies students.