OUR TEAM

Laurie Beaudonnet

Laurie Beaudonnet
Scientific director (UdeM)

laurie.beaudonnet[at]umontreal.ca

Office: 3744, rue Jean-Brillant, room: 515-52

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 (2015-2019), she is deeply involved in teaching EU studies and supporting students’ research on the EU (EuroScope Project). She further serves as co-director of the academic network RESTEP, which focusses on politicisation processes in the EU. 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.

Maria Popova

Maria Popova
Scientific director (McGill)

maria.popova[at]mcgill.ca

Office: 3438, rue McTavish, room: 301

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.

Juliet Johnson

Juliet Johnson
Associated researcher (McGill)

juliet.johnson[at]mcgill.ca

Office: 855, rue Sherbrooke, room: Leacock 509

Juliet Johnson is Professor of Political Science at McGill University and director of the academic network BEAR. 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
Associated researcher (UdeM)

frederic.merand[at]umontreal.ca

Office: 3438, rue McTavish, room: 302

Frédéric Mérand (PhD, Berkeley) is Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, Director of the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM) and co-Director of the academic network RESTEP. 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.

Virginie Lasnier

Virginie Lasnier
Executive director

v.lasnier[at]umontreal.ca

Office: 3744, rue Jean-Brillant, room: 515-60

Virginie Lasnier (PhD, McGill) is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for international studies (CÉRIUM, Université de Montréal). She studies social movements, political opposition, civil society, and pro-regime movements in the post-Soviet region. Her book (manuscript in preparation) examines demobilization processes after mass movements in Russia and Ukraine. She spent almost two years in Russia, where she conducted an ethnographic study on the pro-Putin youth group Nashi (Ours). Her work has been published in Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and in Russian Politics. She is also the Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal, and the co-organizer of the Réseau québécois d’études postsoviétiques.

Johannes Müller Gómez

Johannes Müller Gómez
Coordinator

johannes.muller.gomez[at]umontreal.ca

Office: 3744, rue Jean-Brillant, room: 515-60

Johannes Müller Gómez (M.A.) is a doctoral researcher at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich and the Université de Montréal (co-tutelle). In his PhD project, he analyses the capacity of federal systems to accomplish their international commitments. From 2014 to 2017, he was a research associate and lecturer at the Jean Monnet chair and the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne. Currently, he is programme director and board member of the Cologne Monnet Association for EU Studies (COMOS), co-president of the Young Researchers Network within the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C) and director of the Jean Monnet project DAFEUS. In his research, he focusses on the functioning of multi-level systems and comparative federalism, European and Canadian politics, EU institutions, matters of democracy and legitimacy and climate action.