Heather MacRae

York University

Heather MacRae is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, York University (Toronto, Canada). Professor Hartung-MacRae’s research interests are Europeanization and EU gender politics, and she has published on various aspects of gender policy and gender relations in the European Union member states. Professor Hartung-MacRae’s current research addresses the unintentional (re-)construction of gender differences through European policy initiatives.



Lori Thorlakson
University of Alberta

Dr. Lori Thorlakson holds the Jean Monnet chair in the Department of Political Science and is the director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include party competition and democratic development in the postcommunist member states of the European Union.

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Patrick Leblond

University of Ottawa

Patrick Leblond (MPhil and PhD, Columbia University) is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa as well as Research Associate at CIRANO (Montreal). He is also Affiliated Professor of International Business at HEC Montreal and visiting professor at the World Trade Institute (Bern, Switzerland) and the University of Barcelona (IELPO LL.M. program). He is a member of Statistics Canada’s International Trade Advisory Committee and an advisor to the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business. Dr. Leblond has published extensively on financial and monetary integration, banking regulation, international trade and business-government relations, with a particular focus on Europe and North America. Prior to moving to Ottawa, he taught international business at HEC Montreal and worked in accounting and auditing (he holds the title of Chartered Accountant) as well as in corporate finance and strategy consulting for major international accounting and consulting firms.



Joan Debardeleben

Carleton University

Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University, where she also holds Jean Monnet Chair in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood Relations. She is also Director of the Centre for European Studies (Carleton’s European Union Centre of Excellence


Valerie D’Erman

University of Victoria

Dr. D’Erman is a sessional instructor at the department of Political Science. Her work focuses on the impact of single market integration on the industrial relations of EU members and on the political economies of European welfare states, as well as on comparisons between the single market of the EU and the single markets of other large-scale federal governing entities.

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Ruben Zaiotti

Dalhousie University


Ruben Zaiotti is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Jean Monnet European Union Centre for Excellence (EUCE) at Dalhousie University (Canada). He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Bologna. His main areas of interest are international security, border control, migration policy and European Union politics. Recent publications include the monograph “Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers” with University of Chicago Press and articles for Review of International Studies, European Security, Journal of European Integration, International Journal of Refugee Law, Cultures & Conflicts. He is the former editor in chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations.

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Luybov Zhyznomirska

Saint Mary’s University

Lyubov Zhyznomirska is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. She completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in 2012. In 2012-13, she was a Jean Monnet Fellow at Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, in Florence, Italy. Dr. Zhyznomirska joined Saint Mary’s University in 2013.



Johannes Müller Gómez

Université de Montréal (co-tutelle)

Johannes Müller Gómez is a doctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich and the Université de Montréal (co-tutelle). His research centres on the functioning of multi-level systems and comparative federalism with special focus on EU, German and Canadian politics as well as climate action. He further is programme director and board member of the Cologne Monnet Association for EU Studies (COMOS), co-president of the Young Researchers Network within the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C) and director of the Jean Monnet project DAFEUS. Johannes studied political science, Latin American studies and energy economics at the universities of Cologne, Montréal, Guadalajara and Liège as well as at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Sabrina Paillé

York University

Sabrina Paillé is a PhD student in sociology at York University (Toronto, Canada), where she is also pursuing a Graduate Diploma Program in German and European Studies. In 2018, she was a Visiting Student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Her research focuses on nationalism, right-wing populist movements and anti-immigration reactions in contemporary Europe. Sabrina is co-president of the European Community Studies Association – Canada’s Young Researchers Network and an associate student at the Jean Monnet Centre Montreal.