About the Center

The Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University provides institutional support for European studies across Boston University. We bring together faculty, students, international visitors, and others with interests in Europe across a variety of disciplines and coordinates the European Studies BA and minor. We also sponsor talks by leading scholars in the humanities and social sciences on political, economic, and social challenges facing Europe, as well as on European art, literature, and music.

The Center for the Study of Europe was established in 2011 and became part of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies in 2014. It was preceded by the Institute for Human Sciences (2002-2010), which promoted research and discussion of public policy issues among European and American intellectuals and policymakers.

The Center is a member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the Council for European Studies. All Boston University faculty involved in the study of Europe through research or teaching, regardless of the school or college in which their appointments are based, are welcome to affiliate.

Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, served as director of the Center through December 2016. She was succeeded by Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science, who directed the Center between January 2017 and December 2019. Daniela Caruso, Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of Law, became the Center’s third director in January 2020.

Daniela Caruso: Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair; Director, Center for the Study of Europe (January 2020-present) with Vlad Perju, Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College. “Eastern European Democracies and the EU Rule of Law Framework (Europe and Law Series),” March 17, 2016.

The mission of the Center for the Study of Europe is to promote a deeper understanding of Europe through its cultural heritage; its political, economic, legal, and religious histories; its art, literature, music, and philosophy; as well as through its emergence as a new kind of supranational entity, the European Union. Operationally, the Center provides a focal point and institutional support for the study of Europe across Boston University through coordination of teaching missions, support of research, community-building among faculty and students, and outreach beyond the University.

Each year the Center offers a rich program of activities ranging from public lectures and panel discussions, international symposia and conferences, film screenings and concerts, to seminars, round-tables, and lunch talks. Participants have included well-known academic researchers, politicians, policy experts, and journalists as well as artists, poets, activists, and public intellectuals. We work closely with other centers, departments, and schools here at BU; with local universities and cultural organizations; with European Consulates and Embassies; and with publishers of literature in translation, among others.

The European Studies program offers a 10-course major and a 6-course minor, both of which draw on the resources of the Pardee School of Global Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, BU Study Abroad programs in Europe, as well as on BU’s other schools and colleges. The program combines a unifying regional focus with a multidisciplinary approach, enabling students to bring together courses that develop language skills; social, historical, and cultural knowledge; and political, economic, and international relations expertise. Both the major and the minor require written and spoken knowledge of a European language other than English.

News, Events & Opportunities

  • 1st EU-LAC Essay Contest on the Bi-Regional Partnership

    The European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was created in 2010 by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) member states. Its Members are the Member states of the EU and CELAC... [ More ]

  • Even the Rain (También la lluvia) Film Discussion

    In collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies at Boston University, we are hosting on Tuesday, July 21 at 4 PM (EST) a Zoom discussion on Even the Rain (Spanish: También la lluvia), a 2010 Spanish movie directed by Icíar Bollaín. The plot of the movie centers on Mexican director Sebastián (Gael García... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: UN Global Compacts: Governing Migrants and Refugees

    On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 CSE Visiting Researcher Nicholas R. Micinski presented his book project analyzing the global compacts and their impact on global migration governance in a webinar entitled “UN Global Compacts: Governing Migrants and Refugees.” The webinar was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe in... [ More ]

  • Webinar: UN Global Compacts: Governing Migrants and Refugees

    Nicholas R. Micinski, Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Europe Discussant: Susan M. Akram, Clinical Professor of Law Chairs: Kaija E. Schilde, Associate Professor of International Relations Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations Tuesday, June 30th at 3:00pm (EST) RSVP to receive Zoom link Migration has once again made it to the top of the global governance... [ More ]

  • Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone

    Vivien Schmidt's new book – Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone – is now available from Oxford University Press.

  • Highlights: Getting Well in Europe and America

    This presentation by Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, is excerpted from an April 14, 2020 webinar entitled “Getting Well in Europe and America: Transatlantic Perspectives.” The subject of the webinar – which also featured Scott Greer, Professor of Health... [ More ]

  • The Plague: A Book/Movie Discussion

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of epic proportions, the aftershocks of which we have yet to fully grasp – the day-to-day challenges of co-existing with the virus still occupying so much of our attention. The coronavirus has transformed every aspect of our existence, from the ways we work to... [ More ]