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Poul Duedahl

Poul Duedahl is Professor of History at the Department of Culture & Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is currently working on a major research project on UNESCO's global impact, 1945-75. He specializes in global history and cultural encounters, the history of international organizations, and the history of science, education and culture. He has been visiting scholar at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA, and has had long and short term stays at the United Nations Archives, UNESCO Archives, and – as part of the Global History of UNESCO Project – at national archives, libraries and universities all over the world. In 2013 he received the Danish History Book of the Year Award.

Brigtitte Leucht 

Brigitte Leucht is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen and on 1 September 2015, will be taking up a new position as a senior lecturer in European and German Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on European economic integration from a transatlantic and longterm perspective and blends different aspects of 20th century economic, political, social and cultural history with the goal of conceiving and writing a history beyond the nationstate. Brigitte is currently completing a monograph on the transatlantic origins of the competition policy of the European Union and is working on the role of the case law of the European Court of Justice in the launch of the single market program.

Morten Rasmussen

Morten Rasmussen is associate professor at the Saxo Institute as well as chairman of the Centre of Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen. His research has focused on the history of European integration, including Denmark’s relationship with the European Communities in the post war era and the economic history of European integration. Recently, he has directed a collective research project placed at the University of Copenhagen on the history of European Union law from 1950 to 1993 funded by the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation. He has published extensively on the history of European integration and the history of European law. 

Johan Schot

Prof. Johan Schot joined the University of Sussex as the Director of SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit - in January 2014. He is a Professor in the History of Technology and Sustainability Transitions Studies. His research is wide ranging but has always focused on integrating social science and historical perspectives for a better understanding of the nature and governance of radical socio-technical change. Prior to coming to Sussex, he held academic posts at the Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente, Netherlands. Johan’s current research focuses on the conceptualization and historical interpretation of what he calls the ‘Second Big Transition’. In 2009, Johan Schot was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for the genuine interdisciplinarity of his work. In 2014 the ‘Making Europe’ project, directed by Professor Schot, has been awarded the prestigious Freeman prize by the organising council of the Biennial Conference of the European Association for the study of Science and Technology.

Leonard Laborie

Leonard Laborie is a junior research fellow at the CNRS (UMR Irice, Paris). He holds a PhD in contemporary history from Paris-Sorbonne University and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at George Washington University. He is a member of the management committee of the Tensions of Europe. Technology and the Making of Europe network. His research focusses on the transnational history of communications networks, and the history of so-called international technical organisations more broadly, with a particular interest in their contribution to the construction of Europe. His PhD dissertation dealt with the International Telecommunication Union and Universal Postal Union and their articulation with the idea and project of a united Europe, from the 1850s to the 1950s (L’Europe mise en réseaux. La France et la coopération internationale dans les postes et les télécommunications, années 1850-années 1950, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2010). 

Susan Pedersen

Susan Pedersen is Professor of History and James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, where she was Professor of History and served for a time as Dean for Undergraduate Education before moving to Columbia in 2003.  She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the American Academy Berlin. A historian of British and international politics in the twentieth century, she has written on subjects ranging from the evolution of welfare states, to the impact of women’s movements on politics, to the nature of British imperial rule in Kenya and Hong Kong. Her most recent book, The Guardians:  The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, was published by Oxford University Press in the summer of 2015.

Patricia Clavin

Patricia Clavin is Professor of International History at the University of Oxford, and Zeitlyn Fellow and Tutor in History at Jesus College. She has written widely on the history of the Great Depression in Europe, and in the USA, on the history of the League of Nations, and on modern European and international economic history more generally. Her most recent book is Securing the World Economy. The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 (Oxford, 2013). She has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for 2015-2018 to write a new, transnational history of European security. She is a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Sandrine Kott

Sandrine Kott is professor of Modern European history at the University of Geneva. She has studied History in Paris, the university of Bielefeld, (FRG), Columbia university (New-York). Her principal fields of expertise are the history of social welfare and labor in France and Germany since the end of the nineteenth century and labor relations in those countries of real socialism, in particular in the German Democratic Republic. She has developed the transnational and global dimensions of each of her fields of expertise in utilizing the archives and resources of international organizations and particularly the International Labor Organization. In this vain she is now working on a project on competing social and economic modernities during the Cold War. She has published 90 articles in French, German and American journals and collective volumes; edited 4 volumes (in French, Polish and German) published 7 monographs.

Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, and Research Professor at SOAS, University of London. He was president of the International Studies Association, which gave him the “2016 Distinguished IO Scholar Award.” Along with his edited Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations (2015), his recent authored books relevant for this article are: Governing the World? Addressing “Problems with Passports” (2014); The United Nations and Changing World Politics (2014); Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? (2013); and What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It (2012).

Kiran Patel

Kiran Klaus Patel is professor of European and global history at Maastricht University where he also serves as head of the Department of History. Before joining Maastricht University, he held a professorship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2007-2011), and an assistant professorship at Humboldt University in Berlin (2002-2007). He has been (inter alia) a visiting fellow/professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris, the Free University of Berlin, Freiburg University, Harvard University and the University of Oxford. His most recent publications include: The New Deal: A Global History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016 forthcoming) and European Integration and the Atlantic Community in the 1980s, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (ed. with Kenneth Weisbrode).

Linda Risso

Linda Risso is Associate Professor in Modern History at the University of Reading. Her work focuses on the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during and after the Cold War. Her recent publications include Propaganda and intelligence: the NATO Information Service (Routledge, 2014) and “NATO and the environment: The Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society”, Contemporary European History (forthcoming).


Daniel Maul

Daniel Maul is an Assistant Professor of History at Aarhus University/Denmark. His main research interest is in the history of 20th century humanitarianism, in the history of globalization and international organizations. Since 2010 he has been leading a research project on “Global Aid – American NGOs and the emergence of international relief 1890-2010” funded by the German Volkswagen Foundation.   Maul has widely published on the history of the International Labour Organization. His most important publication in this field is Human Rights, Development and Decolonization: The ILO 1940-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). He is currently working on a book on American Quaker Relief 1890-1950

Sigfrido Ramirez

Sigfrido Ramírez Pérez is post-doc researcher at Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. He obtained a phd at the EUI Florence with a research on the role of multinational corporations in the process of European integration with a focus in the world automobile industry. As a business and economic historian he has been member of the  board of GERPISA, an unique international research network specialised in the automobile industry and based in the Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan (France). He is currently involved in the project new history of EU law in which he is in charge of writing the history of the contribution of the legal service of the European Commission to EU law. Sigfrido has published on transatlantic business networks and international organisations in the framework of European integration and on the history of the external relations of the European Communities. He hold research positions in Italy (Bocconi MIlan) and France ( IEP Bordeaux, Economics department Bordeaux IV) before joining Copenhagen.

Matthias Schmelzer

Matthias Schmelzer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center for Social and Economic History, University of Zurich. He has studied history, political science, economics, and philosophy at the Humboldt-University Berlin and the University of California, Berkeley, he received his PhD at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), and he has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva and a fellow at the DFG Research Group ‘Post-Growth Societies' at the University of Jena. His research focuses on transnational 20th century social and economic history, economic expertise, neoliberalism, social movements, and international organizations. His “The hegemony of growth. The making and remaking of the economic growth paradigm and the OECD, 1948-2010” will be published in 2016 (Cambridge University Press).

Poul Fritz Kjær

Poul F. Kjaer is professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and PI of the project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-legal Approach (www.itepe.eu) finced by the European Research Council. He is autor of Between Governing and Governance: On the Emergence, Function and Form of Europe’s Post-national Constellation (Oxford: 2010) and Constitutionalism in the Global Realm. A Sociological Approach (London: 2014).


Birte Wassenberg

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 européenne. She holds a Jean Monnet Chair and is director of the Master in International Relations. She teaches on International Relations, Border studies, regionalism, the history of European Integration and Franco-German Relations, Her research fields are: border regions, Euro-scepticism and the history of European organizations, especially the Council of Europe. Recent publications: Histoire du Conseil de l’Europe (1949-2009) (Peter Lang, Bruxelles, 2012);  Vivre et penser la coopération transfrontalière (Volume 6) : Vers une cohésion territoriale ? (Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014 (with Joachim Beck)) 

Wolfram Kaiser

Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies, University of Portsmouth, and Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges. At the University of Portsmouth he heads the Transnational Europe research cluster. He works on European integration and the European Union past and present, the role of international organizations and experts in governing cross-border issues in Europe since around 1850 (esp. in the steel and environmental sectors), and on the musealization of European integration. His recent books include (with J. Schot) Writing the Rules for Europe. Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014); (with S. Krankenhagen and K. Poehls), Exhibiting Europe in Museums. Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives, and Representations (New York: Berghahn, 2014); (ed. with J.H. Meyer). Societal Actors in European Integration 1958-92: From Polity-Building to Policy-Making (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013).