CES Executive Committee 2022 Election

Dear CES Members,

Every two years, the CES membership votes to elect candidates for our Executive Committee. This year, we are electing six members who will serve from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026. Each of the seven members listed below has agreed to stand and to serve. Candidates marked with an asterisk on the ballot were nominated and have been endorsed by current members of the Executive Committee.

Klaus Petersen is Professor of History and of Political Science at University of Southern Denmark. He holds a Chair in Humanities at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and is director of Danish Centre for Welfare Studies. His research is cross-disciplinary and focuses on the development of the welfare state including topics such as the broad political history of the Danish and Nordic welfare states, the links between warfare and social reforms, family policy, Social Democracy and the welfare state, the history of welfare concepts and semantics, transnational social policy, pensions and aging, the experienced welfare state, and religion and the welfare state. He has held visiting appointments at University of Bremen, University of Stellenbosch, University of Helsinki, University of Stockholm, was 2019-2021 part-time professor at University of Oslo, and holds in 2022-2023 a Mercator Fellowship at the University of Bremen. 2017-2020 he was the editor of Scandinavian Journal of History. He has published monographs and edited volumes in Danish, English, Japanese and Chinese including a 7-volume history of the Danish Welfare (Dansk Velfærdshistorie, University of Southern Denmark Press, 2010-2014) and War and Welfare. Military Conflict and Welfare Development in Western Countries (Oxford University Press 2018, co-edited with Herbert Obinger and Peter Starke). He has also published chapters in books and articles in journals such as British Journal of Political ScienceContemporary European HistoryScandinavian Journal of HistoryChurch History, and Journal of European Social Policy.

Sarah Elise Wiliarty is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She also teaches in the interdisciplinary College of Social Studies. She received her B.A. from Harvard and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on European politics, women in politics, political parties, energy policy in Europe, and political leadership. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as German Politics, German Politics and Society, and Politics and Gender as well as numerous edited volumes. She is the author of The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party (Cambridge University Press). She is currently working on a project on Angela Merkel’s leadership in comparative perspective. 

Jennifer Elrick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University. From 2016 to 2020 she served as co-chair of the Immigration Research Network at CES. Her work explores the relationship between migration governance, diversity, and social stratification in Canada, Germany, and the UK. The results of this work have been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration, International Migration Review, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, Sociological Forum and Sociology. Her first book, Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism: Immigration Bureaucrats and Policymaking in Postwar Canada, was published by University of Toronto Press in late 2021.

Pepper Culpepper is Blavatnik Professor of Government and Public Policy and Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is a longstanding member of the Council for European Studies and served as the conference program co-chair in 2011. His research focuses on the intersection between capitalism and democracy, both in politics and in public policy. He is the holder of a five-year Advanced Grant from the European Research Council – Banklash – which seeks to understand how banks and the rules that govern them have once again become objects of democratic contestation since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-8. His 2011 book Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the 2012 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. In addition to numerous journal articles, he is the author of Creating Cooperation (Cornell University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Changing France (with Peter Hall and Bruno Palier, Palgrave 2006) and of The German Skills Machine (with David Finegold, Berghahn Books 1999). He is a member of the editorial boards ofComparative Political Studies, Journal of Public Policy, and Business and Politics.

Randall Halle is the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He directs the Critical European Culture Studies PhD Program and is incoming director of the European Union Center of Excellence at Pitt. His essays have appeared in journals such as EuropeNow, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, and New German Critique. He is the author of among others German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational Aesthetic (U Illinois, 2008), The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities (U Illinois, 2014), and Visual Alterity: Seeing Difference in Cinema. His research is focused now on The Images of Europe. Halle has received grants from the NEH, the DAAD, and the SSRC. For the academic year 2004-5 he was a Senior Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University. Academic year 2009-2010 he was a Senior Fulbright Researcher in Berlin. In 2019-2020 he was Visiting Fellow at the European University Viadrina.

John Torpey is Presidential Professor of Sociology and History and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy (1995); The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (2000; 2nd ed. 2018); Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (edited with Jane Caplan; Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001); Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (2004); Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (2005), Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (2006); The Post-Secular in Question (2012); Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison (with Christian Joppke, 2013); Transformations of Warfare in the Contemporary World (edited with David Jacobson, 2017); and The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental. He is on the editorial board of Theory and Society and edits a series for Temple University Press titled “Politics, History, and Social Change.” He is a long-standing member of the Council for European Studies and has organized and spoken on numerous panels at CES annual meetings.

Mark Salopek is Professor of History and Strategic Management at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning Division (Canada), and former member of the Thompson Rivers Senate and Senate Steering Committee, and presently is the President of the Thompson Rivers University Open Learning Faculty Association.  He is a graduate of Cambridge University, Cambridge England, and his research interests include Modern European History, with specialization in Imperialism, Terrorism, and the Political and Social development of the European Union. Over the course of his career he pioneered distance and online learning methodologies and technologies, and in other capacities led the research commercialization initiatives of the GRAND NCE – Graphics and Digital Media  – Network Centre of Excellence, a consortium of 26 Canadian research universities, and engaged with national and international agencies, including the Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, World Bank, WHO and other UN agencies.

You will find a check box next to each candidate’s name and may also “write in” a candidate by checking the box for “Other.” Voting is open as of today and will be closed by Friday, April 29, 2022. Results will be announced in May. You must have a CES Membership to vote.

Thank you for taking a few moments to vote.


Nicole Shea, CES Director