About Us

The University of Michigan’s Center for European Studies (CES), a constituent of the University of Michigan International Institute and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach program dedicated to improving understanding of modern, integrated Europe at the University of Michigan (U-M). In 2001, CES received a grant from the European Commission to establish a European Union Center (EUC), and from 2005 to 2011 U-M’s EUC was designated a European Union Center of Excellence, one of ten in the United States. In collaboration with academic and research units across U-M, and institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Europe, CES offers an array of public programs, funding opportunities, and innovative curricular outreach on Europe, and sponsors the visits of European scholars, artists, and professionals to U-M and southeastern Michigan.

THE CENTER:

  • Brings together more than 100 tenured or tenure-track faculty in more than 20 departments of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and eight other schools and colleges who teach and conduct research on modern Europe and the European Union;
  • Awards Summer Research and Internship Grants and Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowships;
  • Benefits from the university’s libraries which contain over 800,000 Europe-focused titles in English and more than 700,000 in other languages, including one of the largest research collections on EU law and member countries;
  • Offers an interdisciplinary minor in Modern European Studies for undergraduate students;
  • Offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in European and European Union Studies for graduate students;
  • Organizes over 25 public events per year including lectures, conferences, workshops, and film series;
  • Partners with a broad spectrum of U-M departments as well as other universities and scholarly institutions in the U.S. and Europe;
  • Benefits from over 80 U-M agreements with European institutions of higher learning and research involving student exchange and international collaboration (more than with any other world region);
  • Administers the EUI Visiting Scholar Program in partnership with the European University Institute in Florence;
  • Serves as a regional resource for expertise on Europe and the EU to schools, colleges, and businesses in Michigan and the Midwest.

The University of Michigan has a distinguished European studies faculty, with its traditional strengths in the disciplines of history, languages and literatures, political science, and professional studies, especially law. The current director is Joshua Cole, associate professor of history (French history, modern European history). Past directors include:

  • Kathleen M. Canning, professor of history (modern Germany, European women and gender)
  • Dario Gaggio, associate professor of history (modern European history, history and political economy)
  • Daniel Halberstam, professor of law (European Union law and comparative constitutional law)
  • Michael D. Kennedy, professor of sociology (East Central European social change and cultural politics)
  • Ken Kollman, professor of political science (comparative and American government and politics)
  • Karla Mallette, associate professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies (medieval Mediterranean literature and translation)
  • Steven M. Whiting, associate professor of musicology (18th and 19th century European concert music)