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Meet our Faculty

Dr. Hilary Anne Frostphoto of Dr. Frost
Associate Professor and Program Chair of Global Studies

Dr. Frost holds a Ph.D. in cultural geography from Pennsylvania State University; an M.A. in international studies from the University of Iowa; an M.P.A. with specialization in arts administration from Ohio State University; and a B.A. in history from Michigan State University.

From 1978 to 1992 she worked in the field of arts management doing fund raising, marketing and strategic management with a variety of multi-disciplinary arts organizations. For the last 22 years she has been working in academia, teaching cultural geography, international studies, non-profit management and arts administration. Her research interests are as eclectic as her degrees: geography, geology, international studies, the role of the arts in community development, and Africa.

Dr. Frost teaches the Introduction to Global Studies, Cultural Geography, and the Global Studies Capstone courses.


Dr. Sibel Oktay
Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Political Sciencephoto of Sibel Oktay Karagul

Sibel Oktay received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She also holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.  She was a visiting predoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies between 2012 and 2014.

Dr. Oktay’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a regional focus on Europe and Turkey.  She specializes in Foreign Policy Analysis: specifically, she works on the ways in which party ideology and coalition governments influence foreign policy decision-making and behavior.  She also conducts research on political leadership, European Union politics, and the role of domestic political institutions in International Relations.  Her work employs qualitative and quantitative methodologies, particularly comparative case studies, events data and content analysis.  Dr. Oktay has published in the Journal of European Public Policy, and recently contributed to E-International Relations. She is the 2013 winner of the International Studies Association’s Alexander George Award.

At UIS, Dr. Oktay will teach International Politics of the Middle East and War and Peace, as well as courses on Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Political Leadership, and the European Union.


Dr. Steve SchwarkDr. Steve Schwark
Professor Emeritus of Global Studies and Political Science

Steve Schwark’s research and writing have focused on international relations and American foreign policy, with a particular interest in the presidential foreign policies of John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. A former scholar of US-Soviet relations during the Cold War, he now concentrates primarily on American foreign policy in the Middle East. His research on Carter has attempted to explore the impact of Carter’s religious views on his diplomacy in that region; the initial work looked at Carter’s peacemaking efforts leading to the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel. Planned research includes an examination of Carter’s policies towards the Shah of Iran and the Iranian Revolution.

Although retired as of Spring 2014, Schwark will continue to teach courses ranging from Introduction to International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Russian Politics.