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 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.
Rusandra-Adriana Soltan, Graduate Research Assistant
Rusandra-Adraian is a MAIA (MA in International Affairs) candidate at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, focusing on European affairs. She graduated from Smith College in 2014 with a BA in Government and German Studies. As a graduate assistant to Professor Vivien A. Schmidt, she will assist with the Center’s activities and events.
Tré Pina, Undergraduate Program Assistant
Tré Pina is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Linguistics with a minors in Spanish and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Boston University, he is the Editor of the Bostonia Yearbook and is active in the Community Service Center. Outside of school, Tré enjoys writing fiction and seeing horror movies.
Megan Murray, Undergraduate Program Assistant
Megan Murray is pursuing a B.S. at Boston University in the College of Communication with a major in Advertising. She hopes to concentrate in Computer Science and minor in Art as well. For the Center of Study of Europe, she will be creating the newsletter every week as well as helping with flyers and events.