2016-2017

Cristina Ares (August 2016–October 2016)

ZsYpzl6H_400x400Cristina Ares is a lecturer in European Studies and Comparative Politics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She holds a Master in Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, 2004-2005, Montesquieu promotion), where she worked under the supervision of prof. Jorg Monar on a master thesis titled: The Role of the Regions in the New Constitutional Treaty. Her PhD on the role of the regions in the EU was published as a book in 2010:  La participación de las regiones en el sistema político de la Unión Europea (Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia, 2010). Dr. Ares will be conducting research on the preferences of political actors on economic and social issues related to aging as they pertain to debate on democracy in Europe. Her objective is to explore ways of enhancing democracy both within the Member States and at the supranational level by adjusting social Europe to aging.

Barbara Boschetti (July 2016–September 2016)

Barbara Boschetti is a member of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Administrative Law at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). Prof. Boschetti will carry on research on the changing structure of administrative proceedings within the EU in collaboration with Prof. Daniela Caruso. Her research involves analysis of decision-making procedures with a particular focus on changes affecting the structure of administrative proceedings in EU and EU member state sectoral legislations. Her research goes beyond traditional leading cases to include legislation related to free marketization of services and products, supervision of insurance companies, controls on migration and immigration, regulation of the production and distribution of pharmaceuticals, public contract laws, issues of food safety, and regulation of urban planning and development.

Gerry van der Kamp-Alons (August 2016–July 2018)

gerry_alonsGerry van der Kamp-Alons holds a PhD in International Relations from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, Netherlands, where she holds an assistant professorship. Dr. Alons’s research stay is funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship. Her project comparatively investigates divergence and convergence in agricultural policy ideas and policies in the EU and the US and their interaction with multilateral and transatlantic trade negotiations. Applying a Discursive Institutionalist theoretical approach, it aims to uncover whether and how ideas and discourse affect processes of policy transformation. It thus seeks to contribute to an ‘ideational turn’ in the field of Agricultural Policy Studies which is currently dominated by rationalist interest-based explanations. The outcomes of this research project will not only explain the dynamics of agricultural policy change and their effects on past trade negotiations, it will also provide policy makers with insights in the opportunities and limits to develop agricultural policies that are both domestically acceptable and conducive to ongoing transatlantic and international trade negotiations.

Liu Deshou (November 2016)

deshouLiu Deshou is Deputy Department Director, Institute of American Studies, CASS. Her research focuses on the evolution of the transatlantic alliance between 1989 and 2009, NATO enlargement, dealing with Russia, and anti-terrorism after 9/11,  the transatlantic relationship during the Obama presidency, and the future of the transatlantic relationship and prospects for China-US-EU relations. During her stay in Boston, Dr. Deshou will be conducting interviews with several faculty, myself included, and finishing a paper titled, “Transatlantic Alliance under the backdrop of US Pivot to Asia.”

Maria Fanou (March–July 2017)

Fanou-Maria-CopierMaria Fanou is pursuing her PhD at the European University Institute in Florence with the working title: “Shaping a common investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system: The interplay between the European legal order and international investment arbitration.” She is a practicing attorney with LL.M. degrees from the University of Athens, Cambridge University, and Harvard. While in the United States, she will conduct research on a project entitled: “Designing an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism through the inclusion of investment chapters in trade agreements (emphasis on the corporate governance of an appeals system in ISDS cases).”

Luca Marroni (March–June 2017)

Luca Marroni is a law student at University of Perugia in Italy. He is conducting comparative research on the relationship between national security and individual liberty in the USA, Europe and in Italy. In particular, he is interested in questioning the appropriate obligations  of governments in restricting personal liberties and otherwise interfering in “private spheres” of citizens in order to protect their lives. His appointment is endorsed by his thesis advisor at the University of Perugia, Prof. Pierini, and by Prof. Daniela Caruso, Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Boston University.

Sandra Porcar Román (September 2016–August 2017)

Sandra Porcar Román holds a degree in economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Masters in International Development Studies from Valencia University. She served as cultural program officer and event manager for the Embassy of Spain and the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 2011 and 2013 before joining Kifiya Financial Technology in Addis Ababa as a business development consultant. Her current research relates to international development and its connection with culture, arts and education. She is particularly interested in the of use of arts and culture in development processes and in promoting the inclusion of arts and culture in the world’s development agenda. She distinguishes between developing countries and developed countries, and has a special focus on the use of arts and culture to promote social integration in Europe and the European neighborhood.

2015-2016

Lu Bao (September 2015)

unnamedLu Bao is a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Comparative and European Law at the University of International Economics and Business in Beijing. Lu Bao is collaborating with Professor Daniela Caruso on a research project comparing the structures of European, Chinese and American law. His project attempts to supplement the theory of international law in terms of power relations in era of globalization (Law Era 3.0) via an examination of interactions between national, international and supranational laws.

Marija Bartl (February 2016–June 2016)

Marija Bartl is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Amsterdam and a Research Fellow within the project “Architecture of Post-national Rulemaking.” Her interdisciplinary research agenda has been focused mainly on the legitimacy of market integration beyond the state, with a particular focus on the EU. More recently she has turned her attention to the transatlantic market integration: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). She has been awarded a very competitive personal research funding ‘VENI’ from the Dutch Research Council (250 000EUR) for the project “Bringing Democracy to Markets: The TTIP and the Politics of Knowledge in Postnational Governance.” In this research, she is re-phrasing the legitimacy problem of post-national market governance in terms of dissociation of knowledge production from democracy as well as offering normative guidance on how to prevent some of the democratic challenges presented by the TTIP’s institutional design.

Jacob Hasselbach (October 2015)

JacobJacob Hasselbach is Erasmus Mundus Fellow at the University of Warwick and L’Université Libre de Bruxelles (“Globalization, Europe, and Multilateralism Joint Doctorate). He is working on a thesis on “The Political Economy of Disruptive Innovation.” His research involves international political economy, economic sociology, and transnational regulation, with case studies in shale gas and electronic cigarette regulation. Specifically, he will be investigating how disruptive innovation impacts regulatory capacity and process in cases where big, slow-moving, heavily regulated firms enter new, publicly contentious, fast-moving markets. His research is interdisciplinary in theories and methods and spans the boundaries of international political economy, economic sociology, and transnational regulation.

Rolf Thuneberg Jørgensen (September 2015–December 2015)

Rolf JørgensenRolf Thuneberg Jørgensen is a Ph.D. fellow at the Department of political Science , University of Copenhagen. He is also part of EuroChallenge, a cross disciplinary research project between political science, history and law, within the work package:The European Market Space and the New Global Economy. His dissertation examines the EU’s regulation of financial markets in the aftermath of the financial crisis. With special focus on how shifting economic ideas can define the range of policy outcomes and be used strategically by political actors.

Maria Cristina Nisco (March 2016–May 2016)

Maria Cristina Nisco is an Italian Research Fellow in English language and linguistics at the University of Naples L’Orientale. Dr. Nisco teaches graduate and undergraduate courses with a thematic focus on political science, language and power, political discourse, migration and gender policies. Her research deals with media studies, news discourse, migration, language, identity, corpus-based discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, and she has recently started investigating some of the above-mentioned topics (especially migration as well as ethnic and gender diversity) in EU legal discourse. Her work is of an interdisciplinary nature, since it concentrates on political science issues from a linguistic and cultural perspective.

Christine Soby (September 2015–December 2015)

SOBYChristine Soby is a PhD student in Political Science at University of Copenhagen with experience in multilateral diplomacy and EU foreign policy coordination. Christine has a theoretical and historical knowledge of Danish, EU, and international development politics in general. Christine has in particular focused on international negotiations on sustainable development and green economy/green growth. She will use her stay in Boston to further her PhD research on the theoretical and methodological development of discursive institutionalism in collaboration with Professor Vivien Schmidt.

Anna Winestein (September 2015–August 2016)

064bb61Anna Winestein is completing a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford. She is a historian of Russian art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur, active in cultural development and diplomacy between the US and Russia, as well as other former Soviet states, since 2006. She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Previously, she has served as creative director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York. She is co-editor and co-author of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design and translator of Alexander Tcherepnin: Saga of an Emigre Composer. In 2011, she was a cultural envoy to Kazakhstan for the US State Department. She is working with Professor Yuri Corrigan on a series of events for students and the community on the connections between literature, art, and performance in Russia and Eastern Europe

2014-2015

Lesia Kovalenko (September 2014–May 2015)

Lesia KovalenkoLesia Kovalenko is Associate Professor of the World History and International Relations at Zaporizhzhya National University (Ukraine). In 2012 she defended her PhD thesis at Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University on the subject of U.S. and UK policy toward German unification. She will use her research stay, funded by the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, to develop courses on the history of the US foreign relations, the demographic and social structure of the US, and history of art in the US. Under the supervision of William Keylor, she plans to to work with declassified documents to study the formation of the”German vector” in European foreign policy of the US from the mid 1940s until 1990; to determine the perception of public opinion and academic circles in the US concerning German unification, and finally, to analyze perceptions of German unification in mass media and American cartoons.

Ludmilla Leibman (August 2014–July 2015)

Dr. Ludmilla Leibman’s research activities are dedicated to promoting understanding of Europe through its cultural history and are intertwined with her activities as the Director of the Educational Bridge Project, providing educational and artistic exchanges between Americans and Russians. Her academic research in the music of the Holocaust is centered in three areas: music of the Judischer Kulturbund, an organization of Jewish musicians and actors which existed in Nazi Germany (1933-1941), music of the ghettos and concentration camps (1939-1945),  and music created after the war as commemoration of the tragedy (Arnold Schenberg “A Survivor from Warsaw” 1947, Dmitri Shostakovich “Babi Yar” 1962, and Steve Reich “Different Trains” 1988). Dr. Leibman will be working with Professors Minou Arjomand, Yuri Corrigan, and Olga Livshin on a BUCH- and JCE-funded project entitled “Revolutionary Voices” and other “Russian Voices” events.

Maria Luísa Ribeiro Lourenço (October 2014–November 2014)

yhIZHwwc_400x400Luísa Lourenço is a third-year PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research is focused on the way the European Court of Justice uses general principles as legal sources in interaction with other instruments. She is looking at general principles in a sectorial way, analysing them with a legal theory perspective at first, and then following the case law so as to map the modes of operation in interaction with other sources, mainly directives. Currently, she is working on a chapter that analyses whether the type of interaction achieved by the use of civil law principles and their consequent “europeanisation” has equally important consequences. She will use her two-month stay at Boston University to shape her final arguments.

Katia Vladimirova (August 2014–July 2015)

VLADIMIROVAKatia Vladimirova is an Erasmus Mundus PhD student with a BA in International Management from the Academy for Foreign Trade in Russia and an MA in Global Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. She is at Boston University under an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship completing the empirical part of her dissertation on “ENGOs and Environmental Ethics.” Her research interests lie between the domains of climate ethics and civil society. In her thesis, she considers how pro-environmental values, norms, and behavior are promoted by the ENGOs, and in particular, WWF, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.

Anna Winestein (September 2014–August 2015)

064bb61Anna Winestein is completing a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford. She is a historian of Russian art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur, active in cultural development and diplomacy between the US and Russia, as well as other former Soviet states, since 2006. She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Previously, she has served as creative director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York, directed a festival of Russian culture in Boston, and curated exhibitions, including Danser Vers La Gloire: L’Age d’Or des Ballets Russes, for Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier in Paris. She is coeditor and coauthor of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design, translator of Alexander Tcherepnin: Saga of an Emigre Composer, and author of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed and lay journals. In 2011, she was a cultural envoy to Kazakhstan for the US State Department.

Zhicheng Wu (August 2014–September 2014)

Dr. Zhicheng Wu is the Dean of Zhou Enlai School of Government of Nankai University, P.R. China and Professor of International Relations and European Studies. He is the supervisor of several current and former Visiting Researchers at Boston University, including Mr. Xu Zhu. Professor Wu is using his research period at Boston University to discuss our further cooperation in addition to pursuing his own research.

Zhu Xu (November 2013–October 2014)

Zhu Xu is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University. His research contrasts rules-based and relations-based governance. At Boston University, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he will undertake a comparative research project titled “Theory and Practice for East Asia Participating in Global Governance,” using the EU as a comparative example. His stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

Ran Yang (September 2014–August 2014)

Ran Yang is a Doctor of Law Candidate at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. Her research aims to contrast EU and China government procurement legal systems in the context of market economy. She plans to include a literature review of theory and practice, a summary of European “useful experiences,” including systems for framework agreement, purchasing, contractor evaluation, and small business protection, and finally, an analysis of the deep reasons behind the different effects of market economy on China and EU, and a construction of new theoretical approach based on a comparative framework for the evaluation of legal interaction between the two biggest market economies. Her research stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

2013–2014

Stefaan De Rynck (September 2013–December 2014)

DERYNCKStefaan De Rynck holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He is a European Commission official, having worked as advisor and spokesperson to various members of the commission for the last 12 years. He teaches courses on the European Union at the Collegio Alberto (University of Turin) and the Bruges College of Europe. In 2006–2007, on leave from the European Commission, he spent the academic year as part of the Yale University World Fellows Program. His research at Boston University focuses on topics related to the EU’s single market and financial regulation, more specifically the creation of a banking union in the context of the Euro crisis, and issues related to free movement of capital. He writes a blog on issues related to policy and EU politics. [Visit his blog]

Axel Marion (January 2014–June 2014)

Marion AxelAxel Marion holds a PhD in International Relations, with a specialization in international history and politics, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served as a member of Parliament in the Canton of Vaud, one of the largest components of the Swiss Federation. During his research stay in Boston, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he plans to further his research on European integration and European identity begun during his doctoral thesis on Turkey’s accession to the European Union. His current project is titled “New Borders, New Citizenship: Exploring the Impact of Europe’s Evolving Territories on the European Identity.”

Roya Sangi (August 2013–January 2014)

SANGIRoya Sangi, a PhD student at the University of Hamburg, is an expert in European Union law, international public law, and social law. She will utilize her research stay to finalize her PhD thesis: “The European Parliament in the Foreign Policy of the European Union.” Her study includes a normative and comparative analysis of the influence of the US Congress on US foreign policy, hence the need for a research stay in the US. The aim of her research is to improve upon instruments to promote the role of parliaments in foreign policy. Her research stay is funded by a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Katia Vladimirova (August 2013–July 2014)

VLADIMIROVAKatia Vladimirova is an Erasmus Mundus PhD student with a BA in International Management from the Academy for Foreign Trade in Russia and an MA in Global Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. She is at Boston University under an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship completing the empirical part of her dissertation on “ENGOs and Environmental Ethics.” Her research interests lie between the domains of climate ethics and civil society. In her thesis, she considers how pro-environmental values, norms, and behavior are promoted by the ENGOs, and in particular, WWF, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.

Anna Winestein (September 2013–August 2014)

064bb61Anna Winestein is completing a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford. She is a historian of Russian art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur, active in cultural development and diplomacy between the US and Russia, as well as other former Soviet states, since 2006. She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Previously, she has served as creative director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York, directed a festival of Russian culture in Boston, and curated exhibitions, including Danser Vers La Gloire: L’Age d’Or des Ballets Russes, for Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier in Paris. She is coeditor and coauthor of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design, translator of Alexander Tcherepnin: Saga of an Emigre Composer, and author of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed and lay journals. In 2011, she was a cultural envoy to Kazakhstan for the US State Department.

Zhu Xu (November 2013–October 2014)

ZHU XUZhu Xu is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University. His research contrasts rules-based and relations-based governance. At Boston University, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he will undertake a comparative research project titled “Theory and Practice for East Asia Participating in Global Governance,” using the EU as a comparative example. His stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

2012–2013

Pola Cebulak (August 2012–December 2012)

CEBULAKPola Cebulak‘s research stay is funded by an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship. She is using the stay to finalize her PhD thesis on “The Role of the Judicial Activism of the EU Court of Justice in Shaping the Relationships between European and International Legal Orders,” under the supervision of Prof. Daniela Caruso. During her research stay, she is familiarizing herself with the doctrinal approaches developed in American literature toward the evolution of the role of the judge in a democratic system and toward the concept of judicial activism. In her thesis, she hopes to apply theoretical approaches toward judicial activism developed in the US to the different legal reality within the EU.

Demet Duran (January 2013–September 2013)

DURANDemet Duran holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in European Studies from New York University. She is interested in the development of the High Representative position in the Lisbon Treaty, which she looks at in the context of normative power frameworks including how the European Union is perceived from the outside, and more importantly, how this perception impacts the European Union’s development. Her research draws on Vivien Schmidt’s work on “discursive institutionalism” approaches to questions such as the role of ideas in constituting political action, the power of persuasion in political debate, the role of centrality of deliberation for democratic legitimation, the construction and reconstruction of political interests and values, and the dynamics of change in history and culture.