Our Experts

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


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


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


Barna, Ildikó

Dr. Ildikó Barna is Associate Professor of Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest where she also serves as a Head of the Department of Social Research Methodology. She received a PhD in Sociology from ELTE in 2009. Dr Barna has written a number of publications, including Political Justice in Budapest after World War II, co-authored with Andrea Pető (CEU Press, 2015). Her presentations include: “Hungarian Postwar Justice through the People’s Tribunal of Budapest: Quantitative […]

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)


Halicka, Beata

Dr. Beata Halicka is a professor of contemporary history at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She lectured at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) between 2006 and 2014 and was a visiting professor at the universities in Calgary (2014), Chicago (2015) und in 2016 in El Paso (USA). She is author or editor of eight books and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. For the study Polish Wild West. Forced Migration and Cultural Appropriation […]

Adam Mickiewicz University


Mat, Fazila

Fazıla Mat is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria in the faculty of Political Science under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Schmidtke. Fazıla holds an MA degree in Humanities from the University of Milan and she has worked for over ten years as a journalist and commentator for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa and other Italian and Swiss media, covering Turkish politics, EU-Turkey relations, issues concerning migration and civil society.  For OBC Transeuropa she also carried out […]

University of Victoria


Verovšek, Peter J.

Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is Assistant Professor in Politics/International relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations of The University of Sheffield. He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He then conducted research on the continuing effects of the memories of World War II in the politics of the former Yugoslavia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in […]

University of Sheffield


Semmens, Kristin

Kristin Semmens specialises in the history of tourism and leisure under Hitler. Currently she is also working on a book project for Bloomsbury Press, a short introduction to the Third Reich. Research Interests: The Holocaust, German history, Modern European history, History of tourism and leisure, and Public history

University of Victoria


Schallié, Charlotte

Charlotte Schallié is an Associate Professor and current Department Chair in the department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Her research interested include post-1945 diasporic and transcultural writing/filmmaking, memory studies, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse, transcultural studies, and Holocaust education. Her current SSHRC-funded research project —“Narrative Art and Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education,” develops a new dialogical-reflective pedagogy in Holocaust and Human Rights education fostering broad and deep collaborations and intercultural exchange between researchers, […]

University of Victoria


Stanger-Ross, Jordan

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross is an Associate Professor at the Department of History (Humanities) at the University of Victoria. In his research and teaching Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross focuses on immigration, race, and inequality in twentieth century North America, with an emphasis on urban politics and experience. He has written on the experience of Italian immigrants in post-war North America. From 2010 to 2013, he was the chair of the urban studies committee at the University of Victoria. Comprised of faculty members in departments across […]

University of Victoria


Thorson, Helga

Dr. Helga Thorson is an an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. Thorson’s research interests lie in modernist German and Austrian literature, Scandinavian studies, gender studies, history of medicine, foreign language pedagogy, and Holocaust studies. She also teaches the I-Witness field school; a four week course examining Holocaust memoralization in Central Europe. Research Interests: German and Austrian literature, Scandinavian Studies, Gender Studies, History of Medicine, and Holocaust Studies

University of Victoria


Schmidtke, Oliver

Oliver Schmidtke is Director of the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) and Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics and History at the University of Victoria. Dr. Schmidtke, a former director of European Studies and president of the European Community Studies Association in Canada (ECSA-C), holds appointments in the departments of Political Science and History. Currently his research focuses on issues of democracy, populism, memory politics, the labour market inclusion of highly skilled immigrants as well as processes of political advocacy […]

University of Victoria

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).