Associate Students

Roberto Angrisani


Roberto is a researcher in European Union Law, and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. He is currently a second-year PhD student in the Faculty of Law at the Université Laval (Quebec), under the supervision of Pr. Olivier Delas, who holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration in which he is involved as a research-assistant. He is also an associate member of the Centre de droit international et transnational at the Law Faculty. His research aims at identifying the ways in which the protection of human rights in European criminal proceedings are being harmonized, through a study of the Court of Justice’s case law. Prior to that, he obtained an MA in Law from the University Federico II in Napoli, and he was a trainee lawyer at the Napoli Bar. He also worked as a project manager in the Italian embassy in Dakar in 2011, and he founded a cooperation development organization in Western Africa.

Laurent Borzillo


Laurent Borzillo is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Montreal and the University of Montpellier. He works under the joint supervision of Frédéric Mérand (University of Montreal) and Jean Joana (University of Montpellier). Laurent holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Military History from Sciences Po Aix. He has previously worked at the Bundestag and at the French Ministry of Defence. His research focuses on security studies, contemporary cooperation in the security and defence field, and in particular on the bi/multi-national expeditionary forces in Europe (Franco-German Brigade, EU Battle Groups).

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).

Rachel Bleetman


Rachel Bleetman arrived in Montreal 5 months ago to start her Masters at McGill University. She did her Undergraduate degree in Government at the London School of Economics with a final dissertation on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the protection of minorities. She will be continuing with this subject for her Masters in Political Science where she will be researching the domestic implementation of the rulings of the ECHR in the United Kingdom specifically in a time of rising British Euroscepticism.

Shannon Dinnan


Shannon holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Montreal. She is the recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the CORIM Prize from the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations. Her thesis analyzes how welfare states have modified their active social policies for youth since the financial crisis. As part of her doctoral research, she was a student fellow at the Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée at Science Po Paris, the Department of Business and Politics and the Copenhagen Business School and the Policy Network in London. Her research interests include public and the welfare state.

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

Ahmed Hamila


Ahmed Hamila is a PhD student in political science under a co-supervision agreement between the Université de Montréal and Université libre de Bruxelles. His doctoral thesis focuses on the implementation of European asylum policies related to gender in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. His research interests are the European Union, sociology of administration, gender studies, migration and theories of citizenship.

Daniela Heimpel


Daniela Heimpel is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Montréal and the University of Nantes. Specialized in political theory, her thesis addresses the issue of a European citizenship education. Her broader research interests include European integration, civic education, citizenship, democracy and pluralism. She co-directed (with Saaz Taher) a collective volume on “Challenges of Pluralism”, published in 2018 at the Presses de l’Université de Montréal (original title in French: “Les défis du pluralisme”). In 2017, she published the article “Former le citoyen européen? Réflexions sur le concept d’éducation civique dans le cadre de l’intégration politique transnational de l’Europe” in Eurostudia.


Alix Vuitton

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.

Saulius Mykoliunas


Saulius Mykoliunas is a PhD student in Political Science at Vytautas Magnus University (UVM, Lithuania). In the framework of his Erasmus + doctoral exchange, he is a visiting doctoral student at CERIUM and the Jean Monnet Programme of the Université de Montréal. His doctoral research focuses on the influence of Emmanuel Macron’s new policy in the formation of the EU’s foreign policy, notably on the EU’s relations with Canada, China and Russia. He holds a master’s degree in pharmacology science from the University of Health Sciences of Lithuania and studied international organisations law at the University Paris-1 (Sorbonne-Panthéon, DESS). He is a former UNESCO official, co-founder of the University Center of the Francophonie countries at the UVM, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Hermès (CNRS, Paris). His expertise and research interests focus on the European Union’s political processes, nationalism, foreign interference and cyber attacks, the EU’s Eastern and Southern partnerships, and political communication. He speaks French, English, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian.

Skye Miner

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, McGill University
Bio coming soon

Antoine Mounier

Antoine Mounier is currently doing a Master’s in political science at UdeM. The debates concerning how European integration have reshaped democratic space have interested him for a long time. To address this question, he is working, under the supervision of Laurie Beaudonnet, on the mechanisms of national accountability and how this links to attitudes towards the EU.

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).

Marie-Solenne Percolides


Marie-Solenne Percolides is a MSc student in Political Science at Université de Montréal. As part of her supervised project under Magdalena Dembinska, she studies the construction mechanisms of a European identity within the European Union. She’s also completing a complementary degree in German Studies in the European context at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, as well as the micro-programme for teaching in post-secondary institutions. Her research interests include sociology of religions, collective political identities, European integration and the mechanisms of identity resistance.

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). 

Anthony Weber[at]

Anthony Weber is a PhD student in political science at Laval University. He has a Masters in European Governance of the University of Luxembourg and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Lorraine. His research focuses on the budgetary control of parliaments within the EU. His thesis highlighted the marginalization of national parliaments in the European decision-making system, perceiving phenomenon through gradual confiscation of budgetary prerogatives of parliament by the executive powers.

Mathilde Nouvel


Master’s student, in political science at the University of Montreal.

Bio coming soon

Jeanne-Lise Devaux Pelier

Jeanne-Lise Devaux Pelier is a Master’s student studying Publics and International Affairs at the University of Montreal. She graduated from the University of Geneva, where she obtained a Master of European Studies. Her thesis, supervised by François Saint Ouen, was about the role of cultural actors and their implications in the creation of European cultural policy.

She is interested in migration and language policy, especially the role of La Francophonie in Europe.

Florent Guntz

Florent Guntz is a Master’s student studying Publics and International Affairs at the University of Montreal. He graduated from the University of Montreal, where he obtained a Bachelor in political science.

He is interested in migration and relations between the European Union and post-soviet area.