OUR TEAM

Laurie Beaudonnet

Laurie Beaudonnet
Scientific Director, Jean Monnet Centre Montréal (UdeM)

laurie.beaudonnet[at]umontreal.ca
Laurie Beaudonnet (PhD, European University Institute) is Assistant Professor of European politics at the University of Montreal (Department of Political Science). As Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Montreal (2015-2018), she is deeply involved in teaching EU studies and supporting students’ research on the EU (EuroScope Project). Her research focuses on political attitudes, elections, and public opinion in the European Union, using quantitative and qualitative methods. Recent publications include “A Threatening Horizon: The Impact of the Welfare State on Support for Europe” (JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies), “Red Europe versus no Europe? The impact of attitudes towards the EU and the economic crisis on radical-left voting” (West European Politics), and “Preferences for European Social Policy in Times of Crisis” (Politique Européenne). She is currently principal investigator of Autre(s) Europe, a comparative study on the meaning of the European Project for citizens (funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture) and co-principal investigator of MARP (Mapping Anti-Roma Prejudice in the EU-28), a comparative study of media coverage attitudes towards Roma.


Juliet Johnson

Juliet Johnson
Scientific Director, Jean Monnet Centre Montréal (McGill)

juliet.johnson[at]mcgill.ca
Juliet Johnson is Professor of Political Science at McGill University. Her research focuses on money and banking in post-communist Europe and on post-communist memory politics. She is the author of Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell 2016) and A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (Cornell 2000), as well as of articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and Review of International Political Economy (RIPE), among others. She was Lead Editor of RIPE from 2011-14 and Co-Editor from 2007-10, and sits on RIPE’s International Advisory Board. In fall 2014, she designed and taught the first interdisciplinary graduate seminar organized around the EUCE speaker series, the JMCM predecessor. At McGill she has served on the Board of Governors and as Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts, and won the Faculty’s Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching. She received her PhD from Princeton University.


Frédéric Mérand

Frédéric Mérand
Principal Investigator

frederic.merand[at]umontreal.ca
Frédéric Mérand (PhD, Berkeley) is Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CERIUM). He is an expert of European foreign policy and of sociology of international relations. Former advisor of foreign policy, he has been Visiting Professor at Toronto, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Lille, and Guido Carli de Rome. His current work focuses on burden-sharing in international organizations, policy surrounding the purchase of fighter planes, and the decline of the great powers. He is also associate editor of Politique européenne, the only peer-reviewed journal in French devoted to the European Union. His works on european security, political networks, transatlantic relations, and the sociology of the European Union have been published in Security Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Comparative European Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics and Cooperation and Conflict. In 2015, he was elected on the Council of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) at the Boston Conference.

Maria Popova

Maria Popova
Principal Investigator

maria.popova[at]mcgill.ca
Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. Her research focuses on judicial reforms, the politicization of law, political corruption, and the link between rule of law and peaceful protest. Prof. Popova is the author of Politicized Justice in Emerging Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2012). She is currently completing an SSHRC and FRQSC-funded project on the prosecution of high-level political corruption in seven Eastern European states. She writes about the role of the EU in promoting judicial reform and clean government in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her research has won prizes by the American Political Science Association and the American Association for Ukrainian Studies and has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Daedalus, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Demokratizatsiya, and other journals and edited volumes. She is also an occasional contributor to the Monkey Cage Blog at the Washington Post and has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, VoxUkraine, the Globe and Mail and Kyiv Post.

Virginie Lasnier

Virginie Lasnier
Executive Director 

v.lasnier[at]umontreal.ca
Virginie Lasnier is a PhD Candidate in political science at McGill University, Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal, and Co-organizer of the Quebec Network of PostSoviet Studies. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations. Her dissertation, supervised by Professor Juliet Johnson, examines demobilization processes after mass movements in the postsoviet region. Her method combines protest event analysis, for which she gathered an original dataset on the color revolutions, with a process-tracing approach. Her work is forthcoming in Europe Asia Studies. For her MA in political science at UQAM, she conducted an ethnographic study in Russia over more than a year. She was also selected by the ministère des Relations internationales du Québec for an internship at the European Economic and Social Committee. She holds a Certificate in Russian Studies (Université Laval) and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (UQAM).

Capucine Berdah

Capucine Berdah
Coordinator assistant (UdeM)

capucine.berdah[at]umontreal.ca
Capucine Berdah is a master student in political science at Université de Montréal. Her master thesis focuses on the impact of the economic crisis on the european public space in the eurozone countries. As there is no theory without practice, she also the editor of a blog on European politics.

Christopher Chhim

Christopher Chhim
Coordinator assistant (Mcgill)

chris.chhim[at]mail.mcgill.ca