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 (BA, BFA, MA, Boston University) 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 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.

She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. She also consults institutions and individuals on exhibitions, programming, collection-building, and provenance. Most recently she served as a consultant to the exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music at the National Gallery in Washington, and has contributed an essay to the catalog of an exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, The Big Change: Revolutions in Russian Painting. She is in the final stages of a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford.

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.


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.