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Postdoctoral student 2014

Olivier Schmitt, PhD (King's College, London)

Olivier Schmitt was awarded a PhD in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, in May 2014. His research lays at the intersection of Strategic Studies and International Relations Theories. He has a particular interest in coalition warfare operations and European defence, which he studies both in terms of legitimacy and efficiency.

Postdoctoral student 2013

Florent Pouponneau, Doctorate (Université Paris 1)

Project title: L’Union européenne et la non-prolifération nucléaire. Une sociologie du processus d’intégration européenne dans le domaine de la politique étrangère

Florent Pouponneau holds a PhD from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (France). He is a research associate at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Paris). His research interests include the theories of international system, the sociology of public policies and foreign policy, the history of transatlantic relations and the European integration.
During his stay at the EUCE, he will investigate the European non-proliferation policy to explore how specific dynamics of the European Union can shape international politics.

Postdoctoral students 2012

Idil Atak, PhD (Université de Montréal)

Project title: Protection des droits des migrants dans le contexte de la lutte contre la migration irrégulière dans les politiques de l’Union européenne et de ses États membres 

Idil Atak is a postdoctoral researcher at Université du Québec à Montréal’s Chaire de recherche en immigration, ethnicité et citoyenneté (CRIEC) and at Centre de Recherche en Droit Public (CRDP) of the Université de Montréal. She is a research associate at Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University. Idil holds a doctoral degree in international human rights law. She is a seasonal lecturer at the Université de Montréal’s Law Faculty where she teaches international law of migration and refugees, foundation of public law and methodology of law and research. Idil worked for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a legal expert in Ankara , then in Strasbourg as a deputy to the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe.


Laurie Beaudonnet, PhD (European University Institute)

Project title: What political project for the European Union? How solidarity and political responsibility shape attitudes towards Europe.

Laurie Beaudonnet holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her current research focuses on how political values and the perceptions of public policies affect political support in multilevel systems.

During her stay at the EUCE, she will investigate the boundaries of solidarity in Europe: how European integration challenges national definitions of solidarity and redistribution process, and with what consequences for the definition of collective identity and political project. This research encompasses attitudes and identities formation as well as how these are mobilized during electoral campaigns, by voters and political parties.
Her research and teaching interests include public opinion, comparative political behaviour, European integration, European identity, welfare regimes and quantitative methods.

Catherine Hoeffler, Doctorate (Institut d'études politiques, Paris)

Project title: Changing the economic nationalism in industrial markets: redefining the insiders in defense and automobile industries.

Catherine Hoeffler is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and has participated since her doctorate in a research project on elites in US public policy (OPERA project with William Genieys). Her research interests include the sociology of public action, comparative public policy (Europe/USA-Canada), analysis of firms’ strategies, the politics of market regulation (armament, automobile), and the changes in economic nationalism strategies within the globalization process.

During her stay at the CEUE, she will work on the change of economic nationalism in American and European defense and automobile sectors.

Postdoctoral students 2011

Cédric Pellen, Doctorate (Institut d'études politiques, Bordeaux)

Research paper title: Les institutions européennes saisies
par l’élargissement oriental de l’UE. Sociologie de
l’investissement du champ institutionnel européen
par les représentants polonais.

Cédric Pellen is a graduate of the Institut des Science Politiques de Bordeaux (France). He is a research associate at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Bordeaux). His research interests include : collective action, political parties, the structure of political competition in post-communist Central Europe. Cédric Pellen taught political science and sociology at Sciences Po Bordeaux, the University of Warsaw, the Université Paris Dauphine and at the Université Paris Nord.

During his stay at the EUCE, Cédric will study the impact of enlargement to the East on the EU's institutions. More specifically, he will look at how Polands' representatives have invested the European institutions after 2004. He will simultaneously study the process of institutionalization in the EU and the process of Europeanization of Polish politics.

David Selby, PhD (University of California, San Diego)

Research paper title: A dialectic of post-Enlightenment in Europe: Auguste Comte, Joseph de Maistre and the ideological origins of modern radicalism

A specialist in the history of political thought, David Selby has a truly interdisciplinary training and works at the cross section of sociology, political science, philosophy, and history. In his thesis, he used a variety of different philosophical and historical tools to bring to light the influence of French Jansenism on the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville.

As postdoctoral scholar at the EUCE, the historical perspective of his project shows how contemporary liberals can respond to radical objections to the language of human rights, and shows how the rhetorical force and normative power of liberalism is undervalued if we fail to consider it in dialogue with conservative and progressive radicals emerging in the European Union.

Postdoctoral students 2010

Ece Ozlem Atikcan, PhD (McGill University)

Research paper title: Explaining the Double European Union Referenda: Framing or Resources?

Ece Atikcan is a graduate of the Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Sussex University (UK) and McGill University (Canada). Her research interests include: international organizations, electoral behavior, political parties, transnational social movements and nationalism. During her stay at the EUCE, she will study the 'double referenda' phenomena in the European Union.

Claire Dupuy, Doctorate (Institut d'études politiques of Paris and University of Milan-Bicocca)

Research paper title: Les politiques régionales remettent-elles en cause les frontières nationales ? Les politiques d’éducation et la restructuration territoriale en Europe

Claire Dupuy is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and of the École normale supérieure of Cachan. She teaches at the Institut d'études politiques of Toulouse where she is a research associate at the Laboratoire des Sciences Sociales du Politique (LaSSP). Her research interests include the sociology of public action, comparative public policy, multi-level governance issues, education policy and the sociology of social movements. During her stay at the EUCE, she will develop her doctoral research, Politiques publiques, territoires et inégalités. Les politiques régionales d'éducation en France et en Allemagne (1969-2004).

Postdoctoral students 2009

Mathias Delori, Doctorate (Institut d'études politiques, Grenoble)

Research paper title: Le poids de l'histoire sur la politique étrangère. Comparaison des doctrines militaires françaises, allemandes, britanniques, espagnoles et polonaises

Mathias Delori is a French political scientist and historian. He holds a doctorate from the Université Pierre-Mendès in Grenoble, France. Since 2008, he has been a research associate in several universities: the F. W. Universität de Bonn, the Marc Bloch Centre in Berlin (Germany) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

His research interests include the history of French-German relations, international relations, public policy and the epistemology of social sciences.

Mathias Delori has published scientific articles in the Revue Française de Science Politique, Politique Européenne and Les Cahiers d'Histoire. Revue d'Histoire Critique. In 2009, he published a book on rational choice theory at the Presses Universitaires de Rennes (2009). For more information: www.mwpweb.eu/MathiasDelori/

Niels Lachmann, Doctorate (Institut d'études politiques, Bordeaux)

Research paper title : Émergence d'une culture stratégique européenne: les impacts sur la relation de sécurité transatlantique

Niels Lachmann holds a doctorate in political science and a master/DEA in comparative politics and international relations from the Institut d'études politiques, Bordeaux. He is also a graduate of the Albert-Ludwig University in Fribourg-en-Brisgau (Magister Atrium in Modern History and Political Science). His research interests include security cooperation and multilateralism as well as Spain's political system and foreign affairs. Using a constructivist approach, Niels Lachmann examines the possibility of developping a European alternative to NATO.

Alicia Hinarejos, PhD (University of Oxford)

Dr Hinarejos specializes in EU law, particularly, the constitutional law of the EU. Her research interests include comparative public law, public international law and human rights. Her book, Judicial Control in the European Union: Reforming Jurisdiction in the Intergovernmental Pillars, was published in December 2009.

She was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, a Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law and a William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College. During the past academic year, she was also a Visiting Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. She completed her graduate studies at Oxford (MJur, MPhil, DPhil) and has taught EU law, constitutional law and public international law at Oxford and EU law and Government Control of Business at McGill. She is currently Boulton Fellow and Assistant Professor at McGill University.

Boursiers 2008

Sylvain Lefèvre, Doctorate (Université de Lille)
Research paper title: Le pilotage discret de l'action humanitaire; ECHO et le financement des ONG.

Andrej Zaslove, PhD (York University)
Research paper title : The Dynamics of European Immigration Policy: beyond national models?

Postdoctoral students 2007

Isabella Eiselt, Doctorate (University of Salzburg)
Research paper title: The role of central governmental budgets in political integration in Canada and the EU.

Elena Aoun, Doctorate (Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris)
Research paper title: Les préférences normatives européennes à l'épreuve de la justice pénale internationale.

Postdoctoral students 2006

Theodor Tudoroiu, PhD (Université de Montréal)
Research paper title : Entre l'Europe à géométrie variable et le cheval de Troie américain : la «nouvelle Europe» et l'équilibre transatlantique.

Helge Dedeck, Doctorate (University of Bonn)
Research interests: Private European law, history of law, comparative law, roman law, theory of law.

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