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, 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

  • Call for Proposals: Religion and World Affairs Fellowship 2022-2023

    “Religion and Authoritarianism” The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) and School of Theology at Boston University invite applications from Boston University faculty and graduate students to serve as Religion and World Affairs Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year. Selected fellows participate in the twice-monthly interdisciplinary Colloquium on Religion... [ More ]

  • The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community

    Join us via Zoom on Monday, July 25, from 12:30 to 2, for a book talk with Megan Brown, Assistant Professor of History at Swarthmore College. The topic of discussion will be Brown's recently published book, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community (Harvard University Press, April 2022). [ More ]

  • European Parliament Internships!

    The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC is pleased to announce the launch of its next round of paid, full-time internships aimed at US graduates. The new interns will be joining our Washington DC office from September 16th – December 15th, 2022, with an option to extend the internship... [ More ]

  • Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World (04/26/22)

    Join us on Tuesday, April 26, at 2 PM, for Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World, a talk by Malcom Ferdinand. Ferdinand is a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine), working at the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, with a particular focus on the... [ More ]

  • Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison (04/27/22)

    Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 4 PM for a talk by Martha D. Peterson, author of Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison. It was 1975 when Martha Peterson’s plane landed in Moscow and launched her assignment as an American case officer for the CIA inside... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: European Democracy Forum with Dalibor Rohac & Vivien Schmidt

    On Thursday, March 31, 2022, in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)'s Executive Council undergraduate program, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted a virtual conversation on the future of liberal democracies and international institutions with Dalibor Rohac, Senior Fellow at the AEI, and Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: Terrell Jermaine Starr, Reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine

    This virtual conversation with independent journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr, reporting from Kiev, Ukraine, took place on Wednesday, March 29, 2022. In response to questions from Deborah D. Douglas, Editor in Chief of The Emancipator, Starr tells the riveting story of how he ended up in Ukraine, while providing a historical... [ More ]