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Who We Are

The Center of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of faculty from many different schools at American University, including: the School of International Service, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Education, the Washington College of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kogod Business School.

Co-Directors

Dr. Michelle Egan

Michelle Egan is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the School of International Service, American University where she focuses on comparative politics and political economy in relation to Europe, US and Canada. Her current work focuses on European trade,  governance, transatlantic relations, Brexit, subnational politics, and rule of law issues. She has published two single authored monographs with Oxford University Press as well as three edited volumes. She is currently working on two books about federalism and trade and the European response to the changing global order. Michelle has been the recipient of a number of fellowships including: Council of Foreign Relations, Woodrow Wilson, Bosch, Jean Monnet, and German Marshall Fund for her research. She is also a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center. She has been on various media including BBC, CNN International, NPR Marketplace, NPR The World, as well as Canadian Public television among others.

Dr. Garret Martin

Dr. Garret J. Martin is a Senior Professorial Lecturer in the School of International Service. He has written widely on transatlantic relations and Europe, both in the field of history and contemporary affairs, and focuses in particular on security, US foreign policy, NATO, European politics, European foreign policy and defense, Europe, the European Union, France and the UK. He is a frequent media commentator, providing analysis and interviews, among others, to NPR, the BBC, CNN, Voice of America, USA Today, WUSA, ABC News Australia and France 24.

Affiliated Faculty

David Barker Professor SPA - Government

David C. Barker is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Co-Founder of the Program on Legislative Negotiation at American University. He st

  dbarker@american.edu

  (202) 885-1118

Laura Beers Professor CAS - History

Professor Beers's research focuses on modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics both influences and is shaped by cultural and social life, and in the role of the mas

  beers@american.edu

  (202) 885-6379

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers Assistant Professor SPA - Government

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is Assistant Professor of Government and affiliated faculty with the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Her work focuses on how representative democracy function

  kcowell@american.edu

  (202) 885-6223

Bill Davies Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Lia Epperson Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs WCL - Academic Affairs

Lia Epperson, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy, her scholarsh

  epperson@american.edu

  (202) 274-4431

Doga Eralp Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Dr Eralp is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution with more than a decade of experience in international dialogue facilitation. His work focuses on social media and peace process

  ueralp@american.edu

Carolyn Gallaher Senior Associate Dean SIS - School of International Service

I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patter

  caroleg@american.edu

Karin Johnston Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Karin L. Johnston is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service specializing in international politics, US-European relations, and German foreign and security policy. She has work

  klj@american.edu

David Lublin Professor and Department Chair, Government SPA - Government

David Lublin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He serves as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association and Co-

  dlublin@american.edu

  (202) 885-2913

Robin Lumsdaine Professor KSB - Finance and Real Estate

Robin Lumsdaine joined the Kogod School of Business at American University as the Crown Prince of Bahrain Chair in International Finance. She was previously an Associate Director in the Division of Ba

  lumsdain@american.edu

  (202) 885-1964

Saul Newman Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education SPA - Government

Saul Newman is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Pri

  snewman@american.edu

  (202) 885-6240

Tazreena Sajjad Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in W

  sajjad@american.edu

  (202) 885-6572

Cathy Lisa Schneider Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Schneider teaches and writes on democracy, dictatorship and resistance; comparative social movements; collective violence; racial profiling, police violence and racial and ethnic discriminat

  cschnei@american.edu

  (202) 885-1666

Jerome Sheridan Adjunct Professor AU Abroad

Dr. Jerome (Jerry ) Sheridan is the Director of American University’s Brussels Center and a Professor of International Relations. Since coming to Brussels in 1991, he has developed, directed, and taug

  sheridn@american.edu

Stephen Silvia Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Stephen Silvia teaches international economics, international relations and comparative politics. He researches comparative labor employment relations, and comparative economic policy, with a focu

  ssilvia@american.edu

  (202) 885-2462

Earl Anthony Wayne Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Diplomat in Residence SIS - School of International Service

In addition to his role at AU, Wayne is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Co-Chair of its Mexico Institute Advisory Board. He is a Senior Non-Resident

  eawayne@american.edu

Elizabeth A. Worden Associate Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Worden is a comparative and international education scholar who examines how governments foster identities and belonging through education during social and political transition

  eaworden@american.edu

  (202) 885-3723

External Affiliates

Dr. Federiga Bindi

Prof. Federiga Bindi holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she also was the founding director of the European Center of Excellence, and is the Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative at the Institute for Women Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC. At IWPR, she leads an EU-funded research network on Women Leadership and one on Internationalization of Higher Education.

Prof. Bindi holds a Ph.D. for the European University Institute and has published eight books including Europe and America: The End of Transatlantic Relations? (2019) The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (2010 & 2012); The Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem? (2011); Italy and the EU (2011), Analyzing European Union Politics (2012).

 

Martin Caudron

Martin Caudron currently serves as Communications Officer in the Global Partnerships Division of the International Monetary Fund, focusing on capacity development and partnerships communications. He joined the IMF in December 2020 from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington DC, which he had joined in April 2015 as Senior Communications Officer. Prior to that, he worked for the French General Secretariat for European Affairs (Prime minister’s office dealing with the EU and the OECD) in Paris, France from 2011 to 2015. He helped coordinate the French interagency dialogue on the annual EU budget, the multiannual financial framework, investment plans, and several other EU-funding issues. He was involved in several EU negotiations.

Martin started his career in Brussels, Belgium as a consultant in EU affairs. He holds two Masters of Art, one from the College of Europe (European Political and Administrative Studies) in Bruges, Belgium, and one from the Lille Institute of Political Studies in France (Public Administration). 

Dr. Kolja Raube

Dr. Kolja Raube is Assistant Professor for European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven and Senior Researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at KU Leuven. He is programme coordinator at KU Leuven’s “Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives”. He is adjunct professor at American University.

Kolja Raube has published widely on European Union external policies, the European Parliament, interparliamentary cooperation in the European Union and global governance, as well as European Union security policies, legitimacy and coherence. His articles and chapters have appeared with the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Global Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of European Integration, Politique Européenne, European Foreign Affairs Review, Hague Journal of Diplomacy, International Spectator, Asia-Europe Journal as well as with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, E. Elgar, Springer, Hart, Campus and Nomos.

Tim Rivera

Tim Rivera was previously Program Manager at the EU Delegation to the US, overseeing a portfolio of public diplomacy and policy outreach initiatives spanning the transatlantic agenda, including trade, security, climate change, the digital economy, gender equality, and educational exchange. He previously worked for the British Council, contributing to programs on religion and international affairs, intercultural dialogue, and common European cultural relations initiatives. He received his master's degree in international relations from King's College London and a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University.