Key Staff Members

The 2018-21 JMCE at UNC includes 12 key staff members. These faculty serve in four different departments–Political Science, History, Geography, and German Languages and Literatures. Together the Key Staff bring a wealth of experience and varied perspectives, which will strengthen the dialogue and bring a broader and more diverse audience to the discussion table. Key Staff Members have designed events which will foster collaborative research projects and contribute to the dialogue surrounding key issues facing the EU and the US by producing datasets and publications, among other ways of disseminating research. To view key staff members from the 2015-18 Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, please visit the 2015-18 Key Staff Member page.

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Cemil Aydin

Cemil Aydin is Professor of Global History at UNC. His main interests are comparative and transnational modern world history, with area foci on Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. He is the author of two books, The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007) and The Idea of the Muslim World (Harvard University Press, 2017). He has contributed articles to leading journals in history. In 2018, he and his co-authors published an English edition of a scholarly text on World History, An Emerging Modern World: 1750–1870 (Harvard University Press).


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Banu Gökarıksel

Banu Gökarıksel is Professor of Geography and Global Studies, and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at The Graduate School. Her main interests are the politics of Muslim identities and spaces, with a focus on the intersections of religion and gender. She has been conducting multimethod research in Turkey and Europe since 1996. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. She has published more than twenty five articles and book chapters and edited two special issues of journals. She is currently working on a book about how a heightened sense of sectarian divisions are affecting everyday life and relations between neighbours in urban Turkey. She is also co-editing a book on feminist geography and a special issue on Muslim women’s geographies for the journal Political Geography.


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Liesbet Hooghe

Liesbet Hooghe is the W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC, and Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. She is the past Chair of the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association and of the EU Studies Association. Her interests lie in European integration, multilevel governance, decentralization, international organization, and political parties. Recent books include Measuring International Authority (Oxford University Press, 2017, multi-authored), Community, Scale and Regional Governance (OUP, 2016 with Gary Marks), Measuring Regional Authority (OUP, 2016, multi-authored), and The European Commission in the 21st Century (OUP, 2013, multi-authored). She is the co-editor of a series on Transformations in Governance with OUP.


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Evelyne Huber

Evelyne Huber is the Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science. She is the author and co-author of five books, including Capitalist Development and Democracy (with Dietrich Rueschemeyer and John D. Stephens, 1992); Development and Crisis of the Welfare State (with John D. Stephens, 2001); and Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America (with John. D. Stephens, 2012), all winners of book awards. She has also contributed articles on social policy and political economy in the EU and Latin America to leading journals in political science and sociology. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bern in 2010.


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Konrad Jarausch

Konrad H. Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the Department of History. He has written or edited over 40 books in modern German and European history. Most recently, he wrote Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2015) focusing on the theme “Taming Modernity.” He has been concerned with the problem of interpreting twentieth-century German and European history, the learning processes after 1945, the issue of cultural democratization, and the cultural history of the Cold War. He has been involved in discussions about quantitative methods in history, problems of postmodernism, and questions of European memory culture as well as the US-EU partnership. Jarausch recently published: “The European Project: A Critical Reconsideration” in a new volume on EU Foreign Policy edited by Kiran Klaus Patel. He co-founded the UNC Center for European Studies and co-directed a new research institute on contemporary history, the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany.


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Priscilla Layne

Priscilla Layne is Associate Professor of German, Adjunct Assistant Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, and affiliated with the Global Cinema Studies Program. She has guest lectured at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen and at Universität Bremen. Layne focuses on sci-fi, cinema, and Black culture in Germany and Europe. Her first book, White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture, is forthcoming 2018 from the University of Michigan Press. She is also the co-editor of the volume Rebellion and Revolution: Defiance in German Language, History and Art (2008). She is working on a monograph, Out of this World: Afro-German Afrofuturism. She will hold a Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in fall 2018. She has published articles on German film, literature, translation and music in German Studies Review, the Women in German Yearbook and Colloquia Germanica.


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Gary Marks

Gary Marks is Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at UNC and a visiting Robert Schuman Fellow at European University Institute in Florence. In 2010 he was awarded a Humboldt Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Prize) for his contributions to political science. He co-founded the UNC Center for European Studies and EU Center of Excellence in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and served as Director until 2006. He has co-led the Chapel Hill Expert Survey of European political parties since 1999. Marks has published widely in the leading journals of political science and sociology. His (co-) authored books include Measuring international Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory, Vol. III (OUP, 2017, multi-authored); Scale and Regional Governance (OUP, 2016 with Liesbet Hooghe); and Multi-Level Governance and European Integration (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 with Liesbet Hooghe).


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Rahsaan Maxwell

Rahsaan Maxwell is Associate Professor of Political Science. He specializes in the politics of immigration and racial, ethnic and religious conflict in the European Union. In particular, he focuses on the determinants of successful (or unsuccessful) integration of immigrant, racial, ethnic and religious minorities into the EU. His book Ethnic Minority Migrants in Britain and France: Integration Trade-Offs was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. His subsequent work has broadened to include a wider range of EU member states and has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, and think tank policy reports. He has received several external grants and fellowships and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010-2016.


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Layna Mosley

Layna Mosley is Professor of Political Science. She is an expert on the politics of the global economy. Her research and teaching examine the relationship between global capital markets and national governments’ policy choices. Her research focuses on EU states, where financial market-government relations have changed profoundly over time. In the 1990s, investors focused on the Maastricht Treaty criteria for EMU. In her work, she argues that, with the advent of the Eurozone, investors largely abandoned their worries about default risk. By 2009, economic and fiscal crises in various EU member states called into question the ways in which professional investors evaluated government debt, and the implications of these assessments for policymaking. Mosley has employed various types of statistical analyses in her research. She also draws on interviews with professional investors and government officials. In her historical work, Mosley has also drawn on archival materials from various European financial institutions. She recently published “Workers’ Rights in Global Value Chains: Possibilities for Protection and Peril,” in New Political Economy (2017).


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Susan Dabney Pennybacker

Susan Pennybacker is the Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History. She is a modern British historian whose work is on the long British twentieth century in a global context. She is completing a monograph on London refuge and political exile from 1945 to 1994, which considers the lives of individuals moving in and out of the metropolis, three crucial points of activist engagement amongst the former imperial and colonial intelligentsia, and their circles. She works extensively in archives in the UK, New Delhi, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Port of Spain. She has connections with key groups at UNC, who are concerned with the EU and its critics: Modern British historians in the Triangle as well as those in related disciplines; graduate students who work on Europe and non-European areas that interface with the UK and Europe, emphasizing global and transnational scholarship, and PhD work that applies those methodologies and crossing extra-European boundaries.


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John D. Stephens

John D. Stephens is the Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Director of the Center for European Studies, Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, TransAtlantic Masters program, and Chair of the Contemporary European Studies Major. His main interests are comparative social policy and political economy, with area foci on Europe, North America, and the Antipodes. He is the author or co-author of five books including Capitalist Development and Democracy (with Evelyne Huber and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, 1992) and Development and Crisis of the Welfare State (with Evelyne Huber, 2001). He has also contributed articles to leading journals in political science and sociology such as “Postindustrial Social Policy,” with Evelyne Huber in The Politics of Advanced Capitalism (Cambridge University Press 2015). He and Evelyne Huber are currently working on a book on inequality, social investment, and employment in post-industrial, knowledge economies.


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Milada Vachudova

Milada Vachudova is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Global Studies. She publishes on EU enlargement and political change in post-communist Europe. Her expertise includes European security, economic reform, corruption and rule of law. Her book, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration After Communism was awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. She is working on a book on EU leverage in the Western Balkans. She helps lead the Chapel Hill Expert Survey on the positions of political parties on EU-related issues, having added the post-communist EU countries and candidates to the survey. Vachudova was a British Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford and has held fellowships from several institutions including the European University Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and the Center of International Studies at Princeton University.