About the Center

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; Director, Center for the Study of Europe (January 2020-present) 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

  • Event Highlights: Two Case Studies for Chinese Involvement in Southern Europe

    This presentation by Philippe Le Corre, Research Fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, is part of a virtual conference series titled “Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative,” an initiative of BU's Pardee School... [ More ]

  • Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A Book Talk by Francine Hirsch (05.05.21)

    Join us on May 5, at 12:30 PM as Francine Hirsch presents her new book: Soviet Judgement at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II. Hirsch is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches Soviet and Modern... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: Brexit, Citizenship, and Human Rights

    In this virtual lecture, which took place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Iyiola Solanke, Professor in Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, talks about the impact of Brexit on residency rights of non-EU nationals and how this affects the rights of EU citizens. Using an intersectional approach, [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: The Life and Work of Vespasian V. Pella

    This virtual lecture by Andrei Mamolea, Assistant Professor of International Relations Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies, took place on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The subject of Mamolea's talk was the life and work of Vespasian V. Pella, an early twentieth century Romanian jurist who conceived and championed a... [ More ]

  • Daniela Caruso on EU Law in US Legal Academia

    In this special issue of EU Law Live (Weekend Edition No. 53), CSE Director Daniela Caruso updates her earlier reflections on the state of EU law in US legal academia, offering her perception of a complicated landscape, which she sketches in hope of prompting other scholars of EU Law to... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy with Ambassador Veronika Wand-Danielsson

    This virtual discussion with Veronika Wand Danielsson, Head of the Americas Directorate at Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador of Sweden to NATO and to France, took place on Monday, March 29, 2021. Julie Suk, Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law and a Senior Research Scholar at Yale... [ More ]

  • Event Highlights: International Human Rights Litigation in Europe and Its Limits

    This virtual lecture by Ioannis Kalpouzos, Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law, took place on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Prof. Kalpouzos described his work setting up the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), a collaboration between legal academics, practitioners, and investigative journalists, taking on the audacious task of... [ More ]