Executive Committee Elections 2018

CES is conducting elections to replace four outgoing members of its governing Executive Committee. We sincerely thank Sheri BermanJulie Lynch, Erik Bleich, and Deborah Reed-Danahay for their service. Please click here to vote between January 31st and February 26th.

Amel Ahmed (website)

Amel Ahmed is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her main area of specialization is democratic studies, looking particularly at historical processes of democratization and institutional development. She is author of Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her work has also appeared in various journals including: Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Politics. She also has a special interest in research methods and has written about mixed-method research, historical analysis, and the epistemological foundations of social science research.

Amel has been an active member of the CES, having served on the executive committee of the Network for the Historical Study of States and Regimes, as well as panel coordinator for the network. She is also a co-convener of the Graduate Workshop on Comparative Historical Analysis. Through these activities, she has worked to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and international collaboration. She is committed to building on this in future years both by connecting the CES to new groups and organizations, and by forging new connections within the CES.


Anna Grzymala-Busse (website)

Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Her research interests focus on political parties, state development, and religion and politics. She is the author of three books on the transformation of communist rulers into democratic competitors in East Central Europe, state development and its politicization in post-communist countries, and the role of churches in influencing policy across Catholic Europe and North America. 

Bart Bonikowski (website)

Bart Bonikowski is Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, Resident Faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where he co-directs (with Dani Rodrik) the Research Cluster on Global Populism. Relying on survey methods, computational text analysis, and experimental research, his work applies insights from cultural sociology to the study of politics in the United States and Europe, with a particular focus on nationalism and populism. His research has demonstrated that meanings attached to the nation constitute politically salient cultural cleavages that drive support for radical politics, that the nation and the state evoke distinct affectively-loaded cognitive constructs, and that national identification fluctuates in patterned ways within national communities. In studying populism, Bonikowski has reframed the phenomenon as a dynamic feature of speech acts rather than a stable ideological property of political actors, revealing that variation in populist claims-making, on both the left and the right, is a function of political actors’ shifting positions within and across political fields. More recently, he has theorized the relationship between nationalism, populism, and authoritarianism, and proposed a structural resonance account for the rise of radical politics. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, the British Journal of Sociology, the Brown Journal of World Affairs, the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and a number of other journals and edited volumes. He has been an active participant in the Council for European Studies, as presider and discussant at annual meetings, a member of the Pre-Dissertation Grant Committee, and Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2018 Conference of Europeanists in Chicago. 

Carl J. Strikwerda (website)

Carl J. Strikwerda is the 14th president of Elizabethtown College, having served previously as dean of arts and sciences at the College of William and Mary and associate dean at the University of Kansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He regularly teaches a course on “Peace and War in a Global World.”

President Strikwerda has published articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed, as well as three books. He has also published numerous articles on European and global history and a book with Anne-Marie McCartan, “Deans and Development: Making the Case for the Liberal Arts.”

President Strikwerda has served as a historical consultant to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and serves on boards for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Council for European Studies, the Lancaster County Economic Development Company and public radio and TV station with, Harrisburg.

Dorothee Bohle (website)

Dorothee Bohle holds a chair in social and political change at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute, Florence. Her research is at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy with a special focus on East Central Europe. She is the author of Capitalist Diversity on Europe's Periphery (Cornell University Press 2012, together with Béla Greskovits), and of Europe’s New Periphery: Poland’s Transformation and Transnational Integration (in German, Münster 2002). Her publications have also appeared in in Comparative Politics, Studies inComparative International Development, West European Politics, Journal of Democracy, European Journal of Sociology, and Review of International Political Economy, among others.Her current work looks at the policy responses to the Great Recession in a number of European peripheral countries. She has been involved in CES activities for a number of years, and most recently finished her term as a board member of the CES Network on the Historical Study of States and Regimes.

Erik Jones (website)

Erik Jones is Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy and Director of European and Eurasian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.  He is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014).  He is also co-editor of, among others, The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015).  He is co-editor of Government & Opposition and contributing editor of Survival.
Erik is committed to nurturing the study of Europe and to bringing the study of Europe into the classroom on both sides of the Atlantic.  He has co-edited multiple editions of Developments in European Politics (Palgrave MacMillan) and Europe Today (Rowman & Littlefield).  He has held leadership positions in the European Union Studies Association and the Standing Group on the European Union of the European Consortium for Political Research.  He is currently co-chair of the CES Research Network on European Integration and the Global Political Economy and chair of the European Politics and Society interest section of the APSA.
Erik is also committed to making the study of Europe relevant to the policy community.  He is a frequent commentator on current affairs and policy initiatives, and his work has been published in major national newspapers and policy journals across Europe and North America.

Julia Moses (website)

Julia Moses is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in History at the University of Sheffield (UK) and Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Göttingen (Germany). She is also co-founder and has served as co-chair of the CES Political Economy and Welfare Research Network since 2011. Julia works at the intersection of history, politics, sociology and law. Her research to date has focused on the history of modern European welfare states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of risk and tort law, and marriage and family law within global and imperial contexts.

Key publications include The First Modern Risk: Workplace Accidents and the Origins of European Social States (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories (Bloomsbury, 2017) and The Impact of Ideas on Legal Development (Cambridge University Press, 2012; with Michael Lobban). She is currently completing a book titled Civilizing Marriage: Family, Nation and State in the German Empire and continuing work on an intellectual biography of a key theorist of the welfare state, the British sociologist T. H. Marshall.

Julia aims to draw on her years of experience as a CES research network co-chair when joining the Executive Committee. As a network co-chair, she has dealt with key issues related to the kinds of interdisciplinary work in European Studies to which the CES is committed: questions about working across disciplinary boundaries and about making the CES attractive to scholars working in a wide array of fields; issues related to geographical representation and spread within the organization; and, ongoing questions about funding, especially for junior scholars and graduate students. She also aims to continue fostering strong links between the research networks and the CES.

Kate McNamara 

Kathleen (Kate) McNamara is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. A longtime member of CES, she served as the Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2014 International Conference of Europeanists. Her work focuses on the evolution of the European Union as a political entity, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and the interaction between economic circumstances and identity in shaping populism. She is the author of “The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union” (Oxford University Press, 2016), “The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union” (Cornell University Press, 1998) and co-editor of “Making History: European Integration and Institution Change at Fifty” (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her public commentaries have appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and she has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and other news programs. At Georgetown, Dr. McNamara served as Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies from 2010-2016. She also has taught at Princeton University and Sciences Po (Paris), and has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a Fulbright Fellow. She is also the recipient of the International Studies Association IPE Distinguished Scholar Award for 2018. McNamara received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.

Kimberly J. Morgan (website)

Kimberly J. Morgan is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her work examines the politics shaping public policies in Western Europe and the United States, with particular interests in immigration and social welfare policy. She is the author of two books. Working Mothers and the Welfare State: Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policy in Western Europe and the United States (Stanford 2006) and The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of American Social Policy (Oxford 2011), and co-editor of two volumes, the Oxford Handbook of US Social Policy (Oxford 2015) and The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control (Cambridge 2017). Professor Morgan received her Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University. She has been a visiting researcher at New York University, Yale University. the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), the Free University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and the Institut d’Études Politiques (Paris, France).

Mark Vail (website)

Mark I. Vail (
PhD, UC Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University. His research focuses on the comparative political economy of advanced industrial countries, with a particular focus on social and economic policy in Western Europe.  His first book, Recasting Welfare Capitalism, was published by Temple University Press in 2010, and his second book, Liberalism in Illiberal States: Ideas and Economic Adjustment in Contemporary Europe, was published in early 2018 by Oxford University Press. He has published other work in the European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Comparative Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and West European Politics, among other venues. He has served as the faculty liaison for CES at Tulane University since 2007 and was responsible for making Tulane an institutional member of the Council. He has also evaluated paper and panel proposals for the 23rd and 24th CES international conferences. He is committed to the institutional development of CES and to extending its salience and influence as the leading international organization of European studies.

Sam Cherribi 

Sam Cherribi (PhD, University of Amsterdam) directs the Emory Development Initiative (EDI), which promotes development in low-income countries and works with faculty in Emory's Institute of Human Rights. He also teaches in the Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESAS) and in the Department of Economics.

Prior to moving to Emory in 2003, Dr. Cherribi served as a Member of Parliament in The Netherlands for two consecutive four-year terms (1994-2002), during which time he also represented The Netherlands in the Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the West European Union. He speaks five languages fluently.

With three decades of experience working in the public and private sectors, Dr. Cherribi is often interviewed by news organizations on developments in European and Middle East and North African (MENA) regions, and is an often-invited public speaker. Dr. Cherribi also has extensive experience in the fields of journalism, translation, and management consulting.

Dr. Cherribi’s most recent book is Fridays of Rage: Aljazeera and the Arab Spring, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. His first book, In the House of War: Dutch Islam Observed was published in paperback in 2013, and hardback in 2010 by Oxford University Press.

He is currently working on two book projects. The first project is on the political doctrine of Jihad, drawing own his fieldwork in Europe and North America. The second project focuses on Muslim politics in a number of Muslim countries.

Sofia Perez 

Sofia Perez is a political economist whose work focuses on the politics of economic regulation and the links among different areas of policy and regulation. Her work has explored the relationship between financial sector regulation and the macro-economic policy strategies of political elites in Europe during different historical periods, the significance of wage-bargaining and pension reform to these goals, the role of social pacts and the relationship of immigration policy to pension policy and labour market reforms, and the role of economic ideas in Europe’s response to the Eurocrisis. Her current research compares different narratives of the Eurozone crisis and explores how they helped shape economic reform across a number of EU states.  Recent research with Manos Matsaganis also explores the effects of fiscal and labor market reforms carried out following the crisis in Southern Europe on distributive outcomes such as poverty and income inequality.  Perez also remains engaged in research on immigration policy in Europe and the United States, on which she teaches a course.
Professor Perez’ work has appeared in the International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Journal of European Public Policy; Governance, New Political Economy, among others, as well a as some Spanish language journals. She is a member of the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University, and a Local Faculty Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard, where she co-chairs the study group on “Center-Periphery Europe.” She has held fellowships from the German Marshall Fund, the Social Science Research Council and the European University Institute and has been a long-time member of the Council for European Studies in whose work she has participated actively.  She served as the chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the CES Annual Conference in Boston in 2012 and has chaired both prize and fellowship committees for CES in the past.

Stanley Tweyman 

Stanley Tweyman is a University Professor, as well as a Full Professor, in Humanities and Graduate Philosophy at York University in Toronto.

His areas of special interest include Early Modern Philosophy; the Renaissance; Philosophy of Religion; Epistemology; Moral Philosophy; the Philosophy of Descartes, David Hume, William Wollaston, Samuel Clarke, and Bishop George Berkeley; the Rationalist-Sentimentalist Controversy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and British Moral Philosophy.

He has written and/or edited 34 volumes, including: Reason and Conduct in Hume and his Predecessors, Scepticism and Belief in Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and an edition of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. He is also the Senior Editor of the Philosophy in Focus Series (Routledge), and the Founder and Senior Editor of Studies in early Modern Philosopy, a journal devoted to articles covering the periodfrom Francis Bacon to Immanuel Kant (Caravan Books).

He has widely published on Rene Descartes, David Hume, William Wollaston, and George Berkeley and presented papers at numerous conferences over the years. Further, he has been invited to present papers at various World Congresses of Philsophy, among them the upcoming in Beijing, China August in 2018.

He has been invited to serve as a juror on various Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Selection Committees, 3 year terms respectively: Killam Selection Committee (1995-98), Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI)  2001-2004), and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (2013-16). 


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