University of Toronto
Jeffrey S. Kopstein is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has written on European integration, transatlantic relations, and democratization. His publications include Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order (Cambridge, 2005), and The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany, (Chapel Hill, 1997). Recent articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and The Washington Quarterly. His research has been supported by the SSHRC and The National Science Foundation.
University of Victoria
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, LLB (Aix-en-Provence, 1983), MA, (Paris I – Sorbonne 1985; Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 1988), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, 1999) is Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. His research areas are comparative urban governance (incl. cross-border regions), with focus on comparative decentralization. He is the author/editor of five books, 20 articles and book chapters. His articles appeared in: Journal of Borderland Studies, Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs, Canadian American Public Policy, International Journal of Economic Development. At the University of Victoria, he brings his research and 10 years of public sector work into the classroom.
University of Victoria
Paul Schure is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria since completing his Ph.D. at the European University Institute in 2000. He also held visiting fellowships at the Robert Schuman Centre and the Centre for European Integration Studies in Bonn. Paul works on banking, corporate finance, and EU governance.
Joan DeBardeleben is Professor of European and Russian Studies, and Director of the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University. She is principal investigator for the SSHRCC-funded strategic research cluster “Europe Matters: What Canada Needs to Know.” Her current research addresses EU-Russian relations and Russian federalism. Recent publications: (editor and contributor) Soft or Hard Borders: Managing the Divide in an Enlarged Europe (Ashgate, 2005); (editor, with Achim Hurrelmann) Democratic Dilemmas of Multi-level Governance Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union (Palgrave, forthcoming); and ‘Russia’, in M. Kesselman, J. Krieger and W. Joseph, eds. Introduction to Comparative Politics (Houghton-Mifflin, 2006).
University of Manitoba
Radhika Desai earned her B.A. (Hons.) from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India in 1984 and her M.A. and Ph. D in 1986 and 1991 respectively from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. She is Professor and Head at the Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been teaching at the University of Victoria since 1992. Dr.Desai’s research interests includec comparative politics (advanced industrial and developing), Marxist Theory, capitalist development and underdevelopment; political parties; political economy; theories of culture; South Asia, Asia, Africa, Britain and Europe.
Université de Montréal
After a short career with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Frédéric Merand (PhD, U Cal, Berkeley) joined the Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal in 2005 as Assistant Professor. His PhD dissertation: “Soldiers and Diplomats: The Institutionalization of the European Security and Defense Policy, 1989-2003” (honorary mention for the 2004 Ernst. B. Haas Award for Best Dissertation, APSA’s European Politics and Society). Merand published in Cooperation & Conflict, Canadian Foreign Policy, European Societies, Acta Sociologica and Politique européenne. His current research interests are European defence, security and transatlantic relations; European integration and regional organizations; and the political sociology of international relations.
John L. Pratschke
University of Guelph
John L. Pratschke is an applied economist and holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Guelph. He has held visiting positions in the Czech Republic, Cuba, Germany, Ireland and Wales. He was a founder member of the Irish Association of European Studies (1972) and was Dean of Commerce (National University of Ireland (Galway)) and Dean of Business (Dublin City University). His research interests include Canada-EU (primarily, economic) relations, European Business issues and European Consumer policy. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Cultura Europea conferences (Universidad de Navarra). He is a member of EUSA and UACES.
Bart Paudyn is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Carleton University. He obtained his Bachelors (Honours) degree in Economics and Politics from Queen’s University (Kingston) and then proceeded to complete his Masters at Carleton. His primary research interests lie in the field of European monetary governance, and specifically employing a “governmentality” approach to problematize the management of risk and uncertainty associated with the asymmetric application of Europe’s fiscal framework, the Stability and Growth Pact. Bart has been co-president of YRN since 2006 and assisted in the organization of the 2007 Conference in Florence, Italy. Bart is also involved in EUSA and the ISA.
University of Victoria
Oliver Schmidtke is Associate Professor and the Acting Director of the European Studies at the University of Victoria. He received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence and tought at the Humboldt University Berlin. In 1998 Oliver Schmidtke was a research fellow at Harvard University and came to Victoria first as the DAAD lecturer in European and German Studies. His research interests are in the field of European politics and history and Comparative Politics focusing on identity and ethnicity in modern Europe.