Interim Codirectors 2020-21

Jane Jenson


Jane Jenson is a professor emerita in the Political Science department of the Université de Montréal. She was the founding director of the Université de Montréal-McGill University Institute of European Studies (2000 – 2005) and has written extensively on social policy and on the politics of gender in the European Union as well as elsewhere in the world. Recently, with George Ross, she published “Reconsidering Jacques Delors’ Leadership of the European Union.” Journal of European Integration, 39: 2, 2017 and “The Difficulties of Combatting Inequalities in Time.” Dædalus, 148: 3, 2019, with Francesca Poletta and Paige Raibmon.

George Ross


George Ross holds the Jean Monnet Chair ad personamat the Université de Montréal since 2008, is an Affiliate of the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus of Labor and Social Thought, Brandeis University.  He was Chair of the European Union Studies Association – EUSA (2003-05) as well as the Council for European Studies (1990-97). He is the author of Jacques Delors and European Integration(1995), The European Union and its Crises. Through the eyes of the Brussels elite (2011) and numerous academic articles on the European Union. In 2017, he received the Award for Lifetime Achievement in European Studiesat the biannual EUSA Conference.  In 1996 he was named an Officierin the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, the French award of merit.

Laurie Beaudonnet

Laurie Beaudonnet
Scientific director (UdeM) – on sabbatical leave 2020-21


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). She held the Jean Monnet EuroScope Chair from 2015 to 2019. 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)


Office: 3438, rue McTavish, room: 301

Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. She holds the Europe and the Rule of Law Chair (EUROL) since 2017. 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)


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)


Office: 3744, rue Jean-Brillant, room: 581-13

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.

Luna Vives
Associated researcher (UdeM)


Office: 520 Chemin de la côte Sainte Catherine, room: 332-3

Luna Vives is a specialist in international migration. She studies the strengthening of European and North American borders to stop unwanted migration and its impact on vulnerable migrant populations. Her current work focuses on the violation of the rights of unaccompanied minors and the militarization of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the western Mediterranean. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a postdoctoral fellowship from McGill University.

Pascale Devette
Associated researcher (UdeM)


Office: 3200, Jean-Brillant, room: C3124

Pascale Devette is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal in the Department of Political Science. She did her thesis at the University of Ottawa (political theory) and the Université Paris-Diderot (political philosophy) on the thoughts of Albert Camus, Simone Weil and Hannah Arendt. Her research focuses on the question of tragedy, disproportion, violence, the stories of survivors of borderline experiences and work philosophy. Her current work is part of the field of critical and feminist thinking, questioning the notions of vulnerability, precariousness, gender and materiality.

Alix Vuitton


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

Alix Vuitton is a Master’s student, thesis option, in political science at the University of Montreal. She is interested in the assistance provided by the European Union in the democratisation processes in Africa. From 2017 to 2019 she was involved in the Simulation of the Council of the European Union as a delegate for internal affairs (2017-2018) and then as President (2018-2019).

Aïssatou Baldé


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

Aïssatou is originally from Guinea, Conakry and currently holds the position of Assistant Coordinator at the Jean Monnet Centre. She is passionate about politics, social advocacy, community engagement and human rights. She believes it is essential to gain a better understanding of the world around us by getting involved our communities, which she does through her role as a young leader. She is currently pursuing an honours bachelor’s degree in political science at the Université de Montréal in the hope that one day she will be able to pass on her passion for civic engagement and politics to young people.