About the Network

Visit our About Us page to learn more about the United States EUCE Network, which consists of the ten Centers listed at left. Click on the institution names to read more about individual Centers as well as access their websites and contact information!

For contact information, visit the Network Contact Page, which contains emails for the Network Coordinators as well as for individual Centers.

Center Profiles

American Consortium on EU Studies

Official Name American Consortium on EU Studies European Union Center of Excellence
Website http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/ACES/index.htm
Email transatlantic@jhu.edu
Profile

The American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES) was created in 2001 to improve academic and public understanding of the European Union and US-EU relations. It seeks to strengthen education and research opportunities and create new synergies among scholars, students, policymakers, the private sector, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the media.

ACES is a unique partnership among five universities in the Washington, D.C., area—American University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution, the Catholic University of America, Howard University, and the University of Maryland are affiliated partners.

ACES is housed at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Main Center Themes
  • Education
  • Research
  • Policy Outreach
  • Media
  • Publications

University of California - Berkeley

Official Name The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California — Berkeley
Website http://eucenter.berkeley.edu/
Email eucenter@berkeley.edu
Profile

The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley is a joint effort of the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, working in cooperation with the School of Public Health, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, and the School of Law on the UC Berkeley campus. The EU Center develops and promotes education, research, and outreach programs aimed at mainstreaming EU perspectives on a wide variety of issues through its educational, business, scientific, and policy networks. The Center broadly disseminates research and focuses training on targeted aspects of European integration and the EU’s new global role. It serves as a regional resource center for undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary education, outreach to the wider educational and scientific and business communities, people-to-people and electronic exchanges, and conferences focused on key aspects of European Union and its role in the world. With the creation of this EU Center of Excellence, UC Berkeley will continue to play a vital role in promoting a deeper understanding of the European Union and raise the level of dialogue and discourse on transatlantic relations throughout the State of California.

The EU Center supports a number of activities related to the better understanding of and teaching about the European Union. Academic opportunities include faculty research grants, curriculum development grants, pre-dissertation/dissertation fellowships for graduate students, support of the annual Claremont – UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, and a working papers series. In addition, the EU Center supports a visiting speaker series and a series of conferences and workshops on the following themes: Transatlantic Relations in a Post-Transatlantic World; the Euro, the European Union, and the World; Facing New Challenges: EU-U.S. Collaboration and “Best Practices” to Solve Global Health, Energy, and Environmental Problems; and Immigration, Integration, and Cultural Change in the European Union.

Key Personnel
  • Beverley Crawford, Co-director and Associate Director, Institute of European Studies
  • Jeffrey Pennington, Co-director and Executive Director, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Noga Wizansky, Assistant Director
Main Center Themes
  • Transatlantic Relations in a Post-Transatlantic World — assesses the changing nature of the transatlantic economic, social, and political relationship in a world in which China, Russia, and India are rapidly rising to great power status, a world in which the EU has assumed the role of a major international actor, and a world in which global problems require broad cooperative global solutions.
  • The Euro, the Union, and the World — addresses issues such as the Euro’s growing international role, the accession of new EU members in the Euro-zone, and the impact of the Euro on fragile European economies. Our pursuit of this theme will draw on the internationally recognized strengths of UC Berkeley faculty in economic and monetary analysis.
  • Facing New Challenges: EU-U.S. Collaboration and “Best Practices” to Solve Global Health, Energy, and Environmental Problems — focuses on a range of new governance problems facing both the EU and the U.S., including cross-border public health threats, threats of resource scarcity, the environment, and regulation across issue areas. The EU Center will partner with the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health within UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in order to tap world class faculty expertise for research and discussion of institutional responses to these issues.
  • Immigration, Integration, and Cultural Change in the European Union — EU Center activities in this area are particularly appropriate because they will commence in the 2008 “Year for Intercultural Dialogue” and address the EU Commission’s Cultural Agenda for Europe. Partners for the EU Center in pursuit of this theme will be Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, the Chief Justice Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity within the UC Berkeley School of Law, and the multi-campus research center on Comparative Immigration and Integration, located at the University of California, Davis

University of Colorado

Official Name Colorado European Union Center of Excellence
Website http://www.ceuce.com
Email ceuce@colorado.edu
Profile The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) at the University of Colorado at Boulder fosters people-to-people links between the United States Mountain West and the European Union. The interdisciplinary, networked, and multi-sector CEUCE promotes research excellence, enhances undergraduate and graduate education, engages in extensive and direct outreach, and fosters the emergence of new public-private-academic relationships toward making CU-Boulder and our region a crossroads between ourselves and the EU.
Key Personnel
  • Joseph H. Jupille, Ph.D., Director
  • Felicia N. Martinez, Executive Director
  • Elina A. Day, Administrative Director
  • Gabriel J. Sullice, Asst. to Exec. Dir; Internship Coordinator; Web Designer/Admin
Center Structure CEUCE’s networked structure allows it to accomplish all of this within a streamlined organization. We have undertaken partnerships across our campus (e.g., the School of Business, School of Law, and President’s Leadership Class), with the private sector (e.g., Western Union, which has provided approximately $200,000 in direct and in-kind support for CEUCE activities), with non-profit educational organizations (e.g., the Center for Education in Law and Democracy [CELD] and the Colorado Council for Economic Education [CCEE]), and with higher educational institutions in our Mountain West Network (Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver, CU-Denver, Colorado State University, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Montana, the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University).
Main Center Themes
  1. Teaching
  2. In its interdisciplinary teaching activities, CEUCE reaches hundreds of students through the development and delivery of new courses and course materials, unique learning experiences such as the Model European Union and Brussels summer study program, and the chance to engage on and off campus with countless VIPs from the public and private sectors.
  3. Research
  4. Through its interdisciplinary research activities, CEUCE sponsors dozens of visiting speakers, funds faculty research and sponsors and organizes scholarly workshops and conferences. CEUCE also hosts doctoral fellows from EU member states to this end and supports graduate research and learning through fellowships and grants. Additionally, it sponsors an annual graduate training workshop, and provides unique opportunities for professional engagement with European scholars and practitioners.
  5. Outreach
  6. Through its outreach activities, CEUCE directly and frequently engages business and legal practitioners, educators, journalists and other media professionals, public policymakers and the informed public. CEUCE has directly engaged with a half-dozen Ambassadors, three past and present Colorado governors, two past and present United States Senators, and countless officials from across the state, country and the globe.
Academic Programs Certificate in European Union Studies

FIU and University of Miami

Official Name Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE)
Website http://miamieuc.fiu.edu/
Profile

The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, (MEUCE) is a consortium of Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Miami (UM). At FIU, it is housed within the School of International and Public Affairs at the College of Arts & Sciences. At UM it is administered by the Jean Monnet Chair, located within the Department of International Studies, which reports to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

The mission of the Miami-Florida EUCE is to promote teaching, research, and outreach activities relating to the EU. To accomplish this mission, the Miami-Florida EUCE facilitates the development of new courses on the EU, provides for financial assistance to graduate students and faculty pursuing research on topics related to the EU, holds academic conferences on EU matters, sponsors public lectures featuring EU speakers, and conducts outreach workshops for educators, journalists and media professionals and the greater Miami business community.

The Center runs a European Studies Certificate program that is open to all FIU undergraduates with an interest in any aspect of European civilization, past or present. It is an interdisciplinary program that draws on a broad range of courses from throughout FIU to complement a student's own interests. The program offers a senior colloquium, European Identities, that allows students the opportunity to engage in research on topics of their own choosing in close conjunction with a member of the program faculty.

Key Personnel
  • Dr. Joaquìn Roy, Co-Director, University of Miami
  • Dr. Rebecca Friedman, Co-Director, Florida International University
  • Christine I. Caly-Sanchez, Assistant Director, Florida International University

University of Illinois

Official Name European Union Center at the University of Illinois
Website http://www.euc.illinois.edu
Email eucenter@illinois.edu
Profile

The University of Illinois European Union Center (EUC) was established in 1998 with support from the European Commission, as one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education designated the EUC as a Title VI National Resource Center. Since its inception, the EUC has become the focal point on campus for teaching, research, and outreach programs on the European Union. The EUC brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus to promote the study of the EU and transatlantic relations, making it one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the U.S. The EUC works closely with Center-affiliated faculty, many of whom are internationally-renowned experts in their fields. The EUC also works closely with many other institutions to provide high quality programs to a variety of audiences.

The Center’s mission is to promote scholarly research on the EU and transatlantic relations by serving as a national resource center; to strengthen the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula on the EU across all colleges at the University of Illinois; to educate and train a new generation of experts on EU policies and EU-U.S. relations; and to deepen the understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and the EU through an extensive outreach program to K-12 educators and students, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public.

Key Personnel
  • A. Bryan Endres, Director
  • Matthew Rosenstein, Associate Director, Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Sebnem Ozkan, Outreach Coordinator, FLAS Coordinator
  • Kim Rice, Office Manager
Academic Programs

The EUC oversees several programs for graduate and undergraduate students. The EUC offers a Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS), the first of its kind in the United States, where students construct specialized interdisciplinary programs of study related to all matters of the EU. Masters and PhD students from other disciplines can also complete a Graduate Minor in EU studies as part of their academic programs. The Center also offers several undergraduate concentrations, including a multidisciplinary major in global studies with a European concentration, a global business culture certificate program with a European area focus, and undergraduate area studies clusters for regions and countries of the EU. Enrolled students benefit from EU-related course offerings taught across the University of Illinois curriculum, including an EU-funded Jean Monnet course module on Europe and the Mediterranean.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

EUCE Network Coordinator

Official Name University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill European Union Center of Excellence
Website http://europe.unc.edu
Email europe@unc.edu
Key Personnel
  • John D. Stephens, Director and Lenski Professor of Political Science and Sociology
  • Erica Edwards, Executive Director
  • Sarah Hutchison, Graduate Programs (TransAtlantic Masters and European Governance)
  • Tanya Kinsella, Undergraduate Programs (EURO major and Languages Across the Curriculum)
  • Alexandra Thompson Holmgren, International Education Program Coordinator
  • Phil Daquila, Digital Producer & Editor
  • Stephanie Volk, Administrative Manager
Center Structure

The EUCE of North Carolina is directed by John Stephens, assisted by Erica Edwards and supported by an advisory board of nine faculty members from political science, history, sociology, geography, romance languages, and the School of Law. The EUCE is a component of the Center for European Studies, which includes an undergraduate major, a program in Languages Across the Curriculum, and two MA level programs of study relating to European governance and transatlantic relations. The center is based in the College of Arts and Sciences and reports to the Dean of the College. We are housed in the FedEx Global Education Center, built in 2007 for area studies programs and related units on campus. UNC has seven global area studies centers: African Studies Center; Carolina Asia Center; Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; Center for European Studies; Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; Institute for the Study of the Americas; and Center for Global Initiatives.

The EUCE of North Carolina funds faculty and graduate student research in a competitive process. Overall our research and teaching themes are transatlantic relations, European integration, and European and comparative social policy.

Academic Programs

The Center offers a BA in Contemporary European Studies, an MA in Political Science, concentration Transatlantic Studies, run in conjunction with five European universities, and in 2008 we began enrolling students in a new MA program in Political Science, concentration European Governance, run in conjunction with the Free University, Amsterdam, and Sciences Po, Paris. We also run a graduate certificate program, Teaching Languages Across the Curriculum.

University of Pittsburgh

Official Name University of Pittsburgh European Union Center of Excellence
Website http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce/
Email euce@pitt.edu
Profile

The European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh is focused on the post-enlargement transformation of the European Union, the evolution of both cooperative and conflictual U.S.-EU relations, and the EU's relations with its neighbors as well as with Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It seeks a broad and varied audience, including students, academics, journalists, businessmen and women, NGOs, think-tanks, and policy networks in both the U.S. and abroad. The University of Pittsburgh’s EUCE activities include undergraduate and graduate teaching, EU meeting simulations for both high school and undergraduate students, media briefings, publications, and collaboration with other Pittsburgh regional institutions of higher education. The EUCE offers both undergraduate and graduate certificates in European Union studies. The Center’s events and activities complement those of the European Studies Center. The EUCE’s sponsored workshops, symposia, and conferences attract participants from Europe and the rest of the world. Annually the EUCE hosts 15-20 distinguished visiting scholars and practitioners, one of which was a visit by European Commission President Barroso in 2006. The Center serves as a focal point for the many activities related to the European Union which take place in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Unique among the resources at the University of Pittsburgh for the study and understanding of the EU is the recent transfer to the University Library System of the entire European Union depository collection from the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. in Washington, D.C. The Delegation’s depository collection is the most extensive collection of public European Community/European Union documents and publications in North America. This expansion of the University’s collection on Europe and the European Union will enhance the Archive of European Integration, an on-line electronic resource, through plans to digitalize a large portion of the collection. Dr. Phil Wilkin of the University Library System is the Archivist of the European Union Collection and the Director of the Archive of European Integration.

Key Personnel
  • Ronald H. Linden, Director and professor of Political Science
  • Allyson Delnore, Associate Director of Academic Affairs
  • Stephen Lund, Assistant Director
  • Karen Lautanen, Assistant Director for External Relations
Academic Programs
  • Undergraduate Certificate in European Union Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in European Union Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in West European Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in West European Studies
  • BPhil in International and Area Studies – European Union Studies

University of Texas at Austin

Official Name European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin
Website http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/european_studies
Email biow@mail.utexas.edu
Key Personnel
  • Douglas Biow, Co-Director and Principal Investigator, Director of the Center for European Studies, and Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor
  • Gary Freeman, Co-Director and Chair of the Department of Government
  • Mary Neuburger, Associate Director, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Associate Professor of History
  • Sally Dickson, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Charlotte Harris, Administrative Associate
  • Noah Koubenec, Communications Specialist
Center Structure

The EU Center of Excellence, housed in the Center of European Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, is directed by Douglas Biow and Gary Freeman and supported by an advisory board composed of faculty members from the LBJ School of Public Affairs; the Department of History; British Studies; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Jackson School of Geosciences; the Department of Germanic Studies; and the Law School. Additionally, the Center receives support from, and works closely with, the deans, faculty, and staff of the College of Liberal Arts, the Law School, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the School of Communications, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the McCombs School of Business.

The primary aim of the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin is to spur dialogue on the common challenges facing the European Union and the United States and to create opportunities for Europeans and Americans to discuss and evaluate contending policy solutions. In doing so, the Center will engage the best minds in academia, government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors in its activities. The Center will work strenuously to publicize its events, competitions, and research with an active outreach program that will take full advantage of the powers of the Internet.

Main Center Themes

The overarching theme of the EU Center of Excellence at UT-Austin is Trans-National Policy Challenges, with three distinct sub-themes explored in three sets of conferences over the grant period: Post-Recession Policy Challenges in year one; Geopolitics as Trans-National Policy Challenge in year two; and Law and Media in year three.

Academic Programs

The Center of European Studies, in which the EU Center of Excellence is housed, offers a B.A., along with a certificate, in European Studies. It also has a doctoral portfolio program in European Studies. The Center is in the process of developing and submitting to the coordinating board a proposal for an M.A. in European Studies in partnership with the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

University of Washington-Seattle

Official Name EU Center of Excellence of Seattle
Website http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/
Email euc@u.washington.edu
Key Personnel
  • James Caporaso (Director)
  • Phil Shekleton (Associate Director)
  • Eva Dunn (Outreach Coordinator)
  • Mark DiVirgilio (Exchange Program Coordinator)
Center Structure

The EU Center of Excellence of Seattle is housed together with its partner, the Center for West European Studies, in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. The Jackson School is part of the UW School of Arts & Sciences and is home to eight US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers. While our program reports to the Director of the Jackson School and UW Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, the center serves as a resource for the entire campus and the broader Pacific Northwest academic and public communities. The diverse membership of our steering committee, consisting of faculty from a variety of campus units along with representatives of the local business and diplomatic communities, ensures our center remains connected to a broad constituency.

Main Center Themes

The center contributes to, and benefits from, a rich environment of learning and public discourse at the University of Washington and in the greater Seattle community. The center supports a broad range of teaching, research, and outreach, with special emphases on trans-Atlantic relations, EU law and institutions, and outreach to Seattle’s large international business community.

Academic Programs

The Jackson School of International Studies offers both an undergraduate major and minor in European Studies. The EU Center organizes an EU track within the European Studies major, which non-majors at the UW can participate in as a certificate program.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Official Name University of Wisconsin-Madison European Union Center of Excellence
Website http://eucenter.wisc.edu/
Email eucenter@intl-institute.wisc.edu
Key Personnel
  • Myra Marx Ferree – Director, EUCE, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Elizabeth Covington – Associate Director, EUCE/Executive Director, ESA
  • Csanád Z. Siklós – Assistant Director/Outreach Specialist, ESA
  • Taylan Acar – Project Assistant, EUCE
Main Center Themes
  1. The EU as a Global Actor (Leader: Kris Olds, Geography)

    This theme examines the global dimensions of EU policy-making and institution-building, particularly in the realms of the knowledge economy, technology and science, and energy and foreign policy:

    • Global Regionalisms, Governance and Higher Education (Kris Olds, Geography, and Mark Johnson, Educational Policy Studies)
      • European Inter-Regionalisms: Higher Education vs. Research (Kris Olds, with Mark Johnson)
      • The Impact of European Technical Assistance and Institutional Reform Practices in the former Socialist Bloc and Developing World (Mark Johnson, with Kris Olds)
    • Global Health, Development and Security (Tom Oliver, Population Health Science)
      • Leadership and Governance for Health in All Policies (Tom Oliver)
      • Transatlantic Security Cooperation (Jon Pevehouse, Political Science)
    • Global Science: Communication and Ethics (Linda Hogle, Medical History and Bioethics, and Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication)
      • Technology Policy and Assessment in Flux: Uncertainties, Institutional Changes and Emerging Medical Technologies (Linda Hogle)
      • Science, the Public, and Global Communication (Dominique Brossard)
    • Global Energy Security (Paul Wilson, Engineering)
  2. EU Legislation, Policymaking and Regulation (Leader: Nils Ringe, Political Science)

    This theme examines current transformations of European law and governance, focusing on who participates in processes of legislation, policy making and regulation, how, and with what outcomes:

    • The Formal and Informal Politics of European Law Making (Nils Ringe, Political Science)
    • Performance Management as Governance Tool: Evidence from the European Union (Donald Moynihan, Public Affairs)
    • Civil Society Organization(s) in the Global Era (Elizabeth Covington, European Studies)
    • The Future of the Eurozone: Monetary and Financial Governance in the Wake of the Crisis (Mark Copelovitch, Political Science/Public Affairs)
  3. Diversity and Accountability, Rights and Responsibilities: Managing Challenges of Multi-Level Social Policy in Advanced Democracies (Leader: Myra Marx Ferree, Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies)

    This theme examines how EU policymaking across its 27 diverse member states poses particular challenges for realizing its commitment in the Lisbon Treaty to social inclusion in the face of multiple forms of inequality:

    • Women’s Rights and EU Policy Development: Intersectional Perspectives (Myra Marx Ferree)
    • Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility in Comparative Perspective (Timothy Smeeding, Public Affairs)
    • Demography, Inequality, and Policy in New Member States (Theodore Gerber, Sociology)
    • European Union Constitutional Law and Human Rights (Heinz Klug, Law)
Academic Programs

Wisconsin EUCE participates in the European Studies Certificate for undergraduates (minors do not exist on this campus), which enrolls more than 500 students per semester. We also co-sponsor the six-week Brussels Summer EU Study Abroad Program for undergraduates with our partner, the University of Washington-Seattle.

Fellowship Opportunities

Wisconsin EUCE offers competitive research travel awards for both faculty and graduate students, as well as five semester-long Research Assistantships for graduate students, three of which are for our formal spring-semester exchange to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.