Associate Students

Fréderic Aubé


Frédéric Aubé is currently a Master’s candidate in International Studies at the Université de Montréal. He previously completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages at Université Laval, which he complemented with a study period in Taiwan in 2017. His areas of interest include the rise of China, great power politics and international relations theory in general. His research project focuses specifically on role theory and English foreign policy towards China.

Elissa Balmefrezol


Candidate for the Master’s degree in Communication at the Department of Communication of the Université de Montréal.
Bio coming soon

Tristan Boursier


Tristan Boursier is a PhD student in political science at the Université de Montréal and at Sciences Po Paris (cotutelle). His research focusses on the structuring of social solidarity policies in the midst of cultural diversity. In his PhD project, he deals with theoretical and normative approaches to the concept of non-domination in the constitution of fair multicultural solidarity policies. His supervisors are Charles Blattberg and Réjane Sénac. Tristan obtained a Master’s degree in political science at the University of Geneva. He further studied at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and at Saint Joseph University in Beirut (Lebanon).

Laurent Charbonneau


Laurent Charbonneau is a Master’s student, thesis option, at the University of Montreal. He previously graduated from the University of Ottawa, where he obtained a Bachelor in political science as well as a minor in economics.

Laurent is interested in security issues and defence cooperation in the European context. He is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).

Romain Crouton


Romain Crouton is studying for a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Montreal, a thesis option. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Affairs and Diplomacy option from the Institut Catholique de Vendée, and he is particularly interested in linguistic problematics within international relations. This axis led him to write a thesis on the historical-political relations between Vendée and Québec and to write a research project on the relationship between identities and languages in Bulgaria.

His numerous stays in the Balkans lead him today to question the central issue of the French language and Francophonie in this region. His thesis is about the role and influence of the French-speaking world and the OIF in Eastern Europe, a thesis co-directed by Magdalena Dembinska and Frédéric Mérand.

Juliette Dupont[at]

Juliette Dupont is a doctoral student in political science at the Université de Montréal since September 2016. She holds a master’s degree in international and European affairs from Sciences Po Lille and worked for a year on the Senate Finance Committee.
Her thesis, directed by Frédéric Mérand in co-direction with Sabine Saurugger (Sciences Po Grenoble), is provisionally entitled “Le visa Schengen, verrou ou vitrine?” It compares the differences in the implementation of Schengen visa policy by European actors in China and Algeria, where there are considerable differences in refusal rates. Involving several fields abroad, notably in Algiers, Beijing and Brussels, Juliette’s research is funded by the FRQSC. Since 2017, she has also been coordinator of the Erasmus+ RESTEP (Transatlantic Network on Transatlantic Europe) research network.

Most recent publications.

Dupont Juliette (accepté pour publication), “Entre sécurité et rentabilité : évolutions du cadrage de la politique de visa Schengen de 1995 à 2015”, Politique Européenne, à paraitre.


Calvin Khalesi

Calvin Khalesi


Calvin Khalesi is a PhD student studying political science at the University of Montréal. He is interested in European politics and particularly in the status of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

He holds an MA in Global Politics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a BA in Political Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa. During his BA, he spent a semester abroad on exchange at New Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Furthermore, Calvin is a cofounder of The Critical View, a website where he writes and publishes opinion articles on international affairs.


Michel Khneifes


Michel Khneifes is a transatlantic master’s student in European and International Studies, a partnership between the University of Montreal and the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a specialization in peace and security, at the University of Montreal. He is interested in internal and external issues that destabilize the European Union, including migration issues, relations with Russia, and the integration of member states.

Johannes Müller Gómez


Johannes Müller Gómez is a doctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich and the Université de Montréal (co-tutelle). His research centres on the functioning of multi-level systems and comparative federalism with special focus on EU and Canadian politics, EU institutions German EU policy coordination, matters of democracy and legitimacy and climate action. Johannes Müller Gómez studied political science, Latin American studies and energy economics at the universities of Cologne, Montréal, Guadalajara and Liège as well as at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Sabrina Paillé


Sabrina Paillé is a PhD candidate in Sociology at York University, Toronto, where she is also pursuing a Graduate diploma program in German and European studies. In 2018, she was a Visiting Student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University in Budapest.Her research focuses on nationalism, right-wing populist movements and anti-immigration reactions in contemporary Europe. She is on the governing board of the European Community Studies Association – Canada’s Young Researchers Network. Sabrina was a recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-2018) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018-19).

Julien Robin


Julien Robin is a PhD student in political science at the University of Montreal. He holds a Master’s degree in Law and Public Management from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and Paris Dauphine University. He has worked at the National Commission on Election Campaign Accounts and Political Funding (CNCCFP) and at the General Inspection of Social Affairs (IGAS).
Interested in parliamentary studies in France, Europe and Canada, Julien wrote a first thesis on the interpretation of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly (France) and his thesis will focus on the nature, effectiveness and interpretation of parliamentary rules in Canada.

Imène Torkhani


Imène Torkhani is a P.hD. student in political science at the University of Montréal. Her research focuses on the impact of international organizations on education policies. Her thesis focuses on the role of international institutions and especially the European Union and the OECD regarding the improvement of education policies in Europe. She works under the joint supervision of Jean-Philippe Thérien and Frédéric Mérand. She holds a BA and Master in Anglophone Studies from the University Paris-Denis Diderot. She was an exchange student for her two years of Master in the United States, at Sarah Lawrence College (NY) and at the University of Buffalo (NY).

Yaxin Zhou


Yaxin Zhou is a master’s student in international studies program, European studies option, at the University of Montreal, she also has a master’s degree in law at the Beijing Foreign Languages University. She wrote a thesis on France’s role in improving the relationship between Russia and European Union.She is interested in EU security issues but also in relations between the EU, the US and China.