Our Experts

George Soroka

Dr. Soroka is a Lecturer on Government and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University. He is presently working on several long-term research projects, including a book examining how the politics of history are used by the Kremlin to justify its present-day foreign policy stances toward Ukraine, Poland and the European Union. Research interests: Post-communist politics (focusing on Russia, Poland and Ukraine) Politics of history and moral justifications for political action Religion and politics (esp. comparing United States and […]

Harvard University


Siomonn Pulla

Dr. Siomonn Pulla is a scholar, writer, educator and practitioner at Royal Roads University, Canada. He is committed to innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching, with an emphasis on seeking solutions to real world issues. His primary focus is on participatory and collaborative research, corporate-Indigenous relations and new and emerging learning systems. Before joining Royal Roads in 2013, Pulla was a senior research associate with the Conference Board of Canada – Centre for the North for two years. He was director […]

Royal Roads University


Brigitte Kather

Dr. Brigitte Kather is a long-time employee of the “German Resistance Memorial Center,” working as a lecturer and teacher. A life-long academic and a pedagogue, she has gained a wide range of experience in how memory skills can be taught. She is currently the principal of the Paula-Fürst-Schule in Berlin, Germany.

Paula-Fürst-Schule Berlin

Bernd Scherer

Dr. Bernd Scherer is an author and philosopher. Since 2006 he has served as director of the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany. His curatorial approach consists in the interweaving of art, science, politics and technology, and the examination of transformation processes in contemporary societies and postcolonial structures. Scherer came to the HKW from the Goethe-Institut, as from 1989-1994 he was Director of the Goethe-Institute Karachi and Lahore; from 1999-2000 he directed the Goethe-Institut Mexico City; after this he […]

Humboldt University, The House of World Cultures

Ambassador James Bindenagel

Ambassador James Bindenagel is a retired U.S. career diplomat who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. He also served as Special U.S. Negotiator for “Conflict Diamonds.” More recently, he was Vice-President of DePaul University in Chicago, and from 2014 to 2019, he served as the founding Henry Kissinger Professor for security and governance at Bonn University, Germany. In 2016, he established the International Security Forum at Bonn University, which has […]

University of Bonn


Jacobsen, Henrik

Henrik Jacobsen is a PhD Student in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). He is holding an MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Politics & History from Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany). He is specialising in the study of executive government and urban politics. Henrik’s research in this area is part of a collaborative project with the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. 

University of British Columbia


McLean, Ann-Kathrin

Ann-Kathrin McLean is currently a Doctor of Social Sciences candidate at Royal Roads University (RRU), Victoria, BC, Canada, in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Ann-Kathrin holds a MA degree in Tourism Management from RRU. Ann-Kathrin is an associate faculty member in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and program associate for the MA in Tourism Management at RRU. With a particular focus on interactive and engaging learning activities and challenges, Ann-Kathrin brings a facilitative approach to her teaching. Her […]

Royal Roads University


Hansen, Peo

Peo Hansen´s research interest lies in the contemporary as well as historical development of European integration. He has written extensively on the questions of migration, citizenship and identity as these relate to the current project and political economy of European integration. He has also explored the significance of colonialism and decolonization for the historical development of European integration and the current politics of European identity. Research interests: Migration policy, EU citizenship, colonial history, political economy, European Union

Linköping University


James, Matt

Matt James studies the politics of reparation and transitional justice and also has expertise in the fields of Canadian politics, constitutionalism, and social movement studies. He is the author of Misrecognized Materialists: Social Movements in Canadian Constitutional Politics (University of British Columbia Press) and has published on reparation, memory, and political apology in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Citizenship Studies, Human Rights Review, and International Journal of Transitional Justice. He also produced for the Truth and […]

University of Victoria


Bartha, Diána

Diána Bartha has a degree in Sociology from Eötvös Loránd Science University of Budapest. Her thesis examines the identity of Hungarian minority in Romania with qualitative and quantitative methodology. The territory was detached from the former Kingdom of Hungary in 1920. The minority has a special and constantly shifting role in the Hungarian and Romanian social system. Due to the minority’s history, their identity and collective remembrance is complex. Diána Bartha has research background in the themes of Holocaust, Second […]

Eötvös Loránd University


Soupault, Jules

Jules Soupault (he/him) is a PhD student and currently co-supervised by Pr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (UVic, School of Public Administration) and Pr. Birte Wassenberg (University of Strasbourg). For his dissertation topic, he is working on a comparison between the socio-historical construction of “smart borders” in North American and European borderlands, more precisely in Akwesasne and Derry/Londonderry. As a former student of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Toulouse (France) and the Linnaeus University in Växjö (Sweden), Jules Soupault has a background in […]

University of Strasbourg


Tortorella, Francesca

Dr. Francesca Tortorella works at the Université Catholique de Lille. She has a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Strasbourg (2019). Her thesis, directed by Pr. Sylvain Schirmann, examines the relation between Europeanism and antifascism and is titled: “From the birth of Giustizia e Libertà to the dissolution of the Partito d’Azione (1929-1947): a Europeanist antifascism”. Francesca Tortorella has an international and multidisciplinary background and studied Political Science and European Studies at the University of Siena and at […]

University of Strasbourg


Oleksy, Piotr

Dr Piotr Oleksy is an associate professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (History Department) and publicist collaborating with leading Polish journals. Scholarly expertise focuses on collective identity dynamics and identity policies in Central and Eastern Europe after collapse of Soviet Union and on international relations in the region. Author of two monographies on unrecognized Transdniestria and participant of international forums working on solving Transdniestrian conflict. Co-author of the report for European Parliament “Association agreements between the EU and […]

Adam Mickiewicz University


Schirmann, Sylvain

Dr. Sylvain Schirmann is a professor of contemporary history at Sciences Po Strasbourg, where he was Director from 2006 to 2015. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair on the History of European Construction and has also taught at the College of Europe. He is now the Coordinator of the Jean-Monnet Centre, which was launched on 6 November and is part of Sciences Po Strasbourg. The centre is made up of French and German researchers, and fulfils a threefold role of […]

University of Strasbourg


Aquatias, Christine

Institute for Political Studies (IEP) at the University of Strasbourg (France), Maître de conférences habilité à diriger des recherches en études germaniques, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, Membre de l’UMR 7367 Dynamiques Européennes, Membre associé du CEGIL.

University of Strasbourg


Wassenberg, Birte

Dr. Birte Wassenberg is Professor in Contemporary History at the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) of the University of Strasbourg and member of the Research Institute for History Raymond Poidevin at the UMR Dynamiques européennes. She holds a Jean Monnet Chair and is director of the Master in International Relations. From 1993 to 2006 she was responsible for cross-border cooperation at the Région Alsace. She is also a former student from the College of Europe, promotion Charles IV, (1992-1993). Research […]

University of Strasbourg

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Network on Democracy

This group of scholars reflects the collaboration of the “Canada Europe Dialogue on Democracy” project and the “Populism and its Effects on Liberal Democracy: Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech” project. We connect scholars with wider public audiences through public events, webinars, video interviews, media outreach, blogs, mentorship of policy memos, and an open access database

Migration Experts

The project Canada Europe Dialogue on Migration: Cross-Border Mobility and the European Union Refugee Crisis – CEDoM” brought together a multi-disciplinary expert group in the field of the governance of borders and migration. It promoted exchange between Canada and the EU in scholarly and broader public debates with the aim to expand the knowledge of European integration through the lens of migration and border studies in Canada.

Memory Politics Group

This Network reflects the collaboration between the Jean Monnet Network “European Memory Politics:  Populism, Nationalism and the Challenges to a European Memory Culture 2019-2023” . The Network is a partnership between the Center for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria and the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) at the University of Strasbourg  (France), the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań  (Poland) and the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest (Hungary).