Vivien A. Schmidt, Director
Vivien A. Schmidt (BA, Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago) is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, professor of international relations and political science, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University. She has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at major European universities and has published 10 books and over 100 articles on European political economy, institutions, and democracy, as well as lately on the Eurozone crisis. Recent books include the forthcoming Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (co-edited, Cambridge, 2013), Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union (co-edited, Routledge, 2011), Democracy in Europe (Oxford, 2006; updated in French, La Découverte, 2010), and The Futures of European Capitalism (Oxford, 2002). Professor Schmidt is former chair of the European Union Studies Association–USA. Among recent distinctions, she was awarded a doctorate honoris causa from the Free University of Brussels, held the Franqui Interuniversity Chair of Belgium, and was Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the Free University of Berlin.
For a full bio and publication list, please visit Professor Schmidt’s website.
William Waters, Associate Director
William Waters (BA, Harvard University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley) teaches courses in comparative literature, German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, advanced German language, and translation. His research interests center on poetry and poetics and on the poet Rainer Maria Rilke; he is the author of Poetry’s Touch: On Lyric Address (Cornell University Press, 2003). He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Mellon Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); has been awarded over $800,000 in grants for critical-language education at BU; and has been a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. At BU he has been awarded both the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Honors Program of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Templeton Prize for Excellence in Student Advising. Since its creation in 2007, he has served as chair of the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature department.
Elizabeth Amrien, Grants Analyst
Elizabeth Amrien (BA, Fordham University; MDiv, Yale University; MBA, Boston University) manages the programs and finances for the Centers for the Study of Europe and Asia at Boston University. At the Center for the Study of Europe she is also responsible for program development, internal and external outreach, and other new and ongoing initiatives. Previously, she served as managing director of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University (IHS), where she oversaw the strategic operation and development of the institute’s programs. Since 2002, she has organized nearly 200 high-profile public and scholarly events (lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, film screenings, and international conferences) at Boston University, featuring prominent politicians, policymakers, artists, activists, writers, and intellectuals. She has also overseen a number of fellowship programs and written several successful grants.
Her interests lie at the intersection of politics and culture, business and spirituality. She is an impassioned advocate for food justice and in 2009 organized an international symposium on the Future of Food: Transatlantic Perspectives, highlighting sustainable, conscious food politics.
Victoria Lorraine Puyat, Area Studies Advisor
Victoria Lorraine Puyat is student advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences Interdisciplinary Area Studies, which include the following programs: European Studies, East Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. She is responsible for providing academic advising to BU’s Interdisciplinary Program students. In addition to academic advising, she serves as the Special Events Administrator for the International Relations department and the Center for International Relations at BU. She holds a BA in Communication with a minor in Management from Chaminade University (Honolulu, HI) and is currently an MS in Management (Project Management) candidate at Boston University.
Gülce Askin, Coordinator of Social Media and Online Engagement
Gülce Askin is an MPH candidate at Boston University’s School of Public Health. She received a BA in Political Science and Globalization Studies from Gettysburg College in 2010. As coordinator of social media and online engagement, she manages the center’s social outreach efforts, employs analytic tools to improve our online profile, and engages BU faculty in our events and activities.
Leeann Sullivan, Graduate Assistant to Vivien A. Schmidt
Leeann Sullivan is a master’s candidate pursuing a degree in international relations and environmental policy at Boston University. Her research interests revolve around trans-boundary water issues and community-based natural resource management. She spent the summer of 2013 as a graduate fellow at BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. She holds a BA in Political Science from Ohio Northern University.
Fabiola M. Portal Dorado, Undergraduate Program Assistant
Fabiola M. Portal Dorado is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying international relations, marketing, and advertising. She serves as secretary of BU Europe, Boston University’s graduate and undergraduate European club, which she helped to found last year. A native of Puerto Rico, she speaks English, French, and Spanish. She is also an amateur photographer.
Kalen Valentine, Undergraduate Program Assistant
Kalen Valentine is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying international relations, and serves as vice president of BU Europe. She is heavily involved in the Community Service Center at Boston University and serves as a peer mentor. She works as an assistant to Elizabeth Amrien and focuses on promoting events for the center, distributing promotional materials and through multimedia outreach.