Laurie Beaudonnet
Scientific director (UdeM)


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

Laurie Beaudonnet (PhD, European University Institute) is Associate Professor of European Politics at the University of Montreal (Department of Political Science). She held the Jean Monnet EuroScope Chair from 2015 to 2019 and was co-director of RESTEP, an academic network on politicization processes in the EU, from 2017 to 2021. She is a member of the editorial board of Politique Européenne. Her research focuses on political attitudes, elections and political parties in the European Union, using quantitative and qualitative methods. She is currently working on the dynamics of politicisation of the European issue among citizens and in political parties. Her work on attitudes towards European integration, politicisation, radical left and green parties has been published in Journal of Common Market Studies, Politique Européenne, West European politics, Party Politics.


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
Associated reseacher (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
Associated reseacher (UdeM)

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


Frédéric Mérand (PhD, Berkeley) is Scientific Director of CÉRIUM and Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He is a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, a former member of the executive committee of the European Union Studies Association, and a visiting professor at McGill University, the University of Toronto, LUISS, and Sciences Po Paris. He is a specialist in the sociology of international relations, global security, and the European political economy. His work has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Government and Public Policy, European Politics, Comparative European Politics, Cooperation and Conflict and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. His recent publications include Coping with Geopolitical Decline (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020), L’analyse du risque politique (with Adib Bencherif, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2021) and Un sociologue à la Commission européenne (Presses de Sciences Po, 2021).


Luna Vives
Associated reseacher (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.


Florent Guntz

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

Biography coming soon.