The Europe Center February 2015 Newsletter


The Europe Center Graduate Student Grant Competition Winners

The Europe Center is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2014 Graduate Student Grant Competition. These grants support Ph.D. candidates from across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to prepare for dissertation research, as well as professional students who are interested in conducting Europe-focused internships or research projects. Please join us in congratulating our Fall 2014 winners:
  • Leonardo Barleta, History, “Reading Faraway Domains: Central Authority and Administrative Imagination in Portuguese Empire”
  • Ian Beacock, History, “The Head & the Heart: Liberal Emotions in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933”
  • Nicola Bianchi, Economics, "The Promotion of STEM Education and Its Effect on Innovation" and "The Transmission of Innovation Across Countries and Firms"
  • Adriane Fresh, Political Science, “Essays on Elites, Institutions and Economic Development”
  • Eric Min, Political Science, “A Twitter Evolution? Identifying First-Movers in a Political Uprising”
  • Agustina Paglayan, Political Science, “Comparative Political Economy of Education and Human Capital”
  • Suddhaseel Sen, Musicology, “Intimate Strangers: Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Indian and Western Musicians 1880-1940”
  • Alexander Statman, History, “A Global Enlightenment: History, Science and Sinology in the Late 18th Century”
  • Giulia Vittori, Theater and Performance Studies, “Commedia and Tragedia”
  • Jason Weinreb, Political Science, “Colonialism and Credibility: Revisiting the ‘Empire Effect’”

Please stay attuned for information about the Spring 2015 Grant Competition. Additional details will be advertised on our website.

Open Call:  2015 Undergraduate Internship Program

A key priority of The Europe Center is to provide Stanford’s undergraduate student community with opportunities to develop a deep understanding of contemporary European society and affairs.  By promoting knowledge about the opportunities and challenges facing one of the world’s most economically and politically integrated regions, the Center strives to equip our future leaders with the tools necessary to tackle complex problems related to governance and economic interdependence both in Europe and in the world more broadly.

The Center is sponsoring internships in Brussels this summer where selected students will work for one of two leading international think tanks on European public policy issues – the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Bruegel – or the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament. Applications for the internships are currently being accepted through February 19, 2015. For additional details about the grant program, please visit our website.

Meet our Visiting Scholars:  Irmgard Marboe

In each newsletter, The Europe Center would like to introduce you to a visiting scholar or collaborator at the Center. We welcome you to visit the Center and get to know our guests.

Irmgard Marboe is a visiting scholar at The Europe Center and an Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Vienna. She is the head of the Austrian National Point of Contact for Space Law (NPOC) of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). She was previously the chair of the working group on national space legislation of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space which drafted the most recent UN General Assembly resolution relating to outer space activities. Another research focus is international investment law, where Marboe specializes on the issue of compensation and damages. A second edition of her book Calculation of Compensation and Damages in International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2009) is currently in preparation. In addition, she works on Islamic law in the context of international law. She has been the director of the bi-annual Vienna International Christian-Islamic Summer University since 2008. At Stanford, Marboe is working on a research project comparing US and European policies and legislation on data collected by Earth observation satellites.

Featured Research:  Christophe Crombez

The Europe Center serves as a research hub bringing together Stanford faculty members, students, and researchers conducting cutting-edge research on topics related to Europe.  Our faculty affiliates draw from the humanities, social sciences, and business and legal traditions, and are at the forefront of scholarly debates on Europe-focused themes.  The Center regularly highlights new research by faculty affiliates that is of interest to the broader community.  
Christophe Crombez is a Consulting Professor at The Europe Center and a specialist of European Union politics and business-government relations. Crombez was recently awarded a four year grant for his project, “The Political Economy of the Fiscal and Budgetary Policies of the European Union and its Member States.” The project presents game theoretical models of (1) the EU’s budgetary process, (2) the EU’s monitoring of the member states’ budgetary policies, and (3) the functioning of the recently created stability funds. It then tests the models’ conclusions empirically. The project shows how the procedures in the EU budgetary process, the preferences of the players involved, and the status quo explain the size and make-up of the EU budget. It also analyzes how procedural changes and institutional reform affect the budget. Furthermore, the project studies how the EU’s monitoring of the budgetary policies of its member states affects these policies, and how the procedures used to grant aid affect whether and how much aid is granted.

Meet our Post-Doctoral Fellow:  Duncan Lawrence

The Europe Center recently introduced a new research project entitled, “Immigration and Integration in Europe:  A Public Policy Perspective,” led by Professors David Laitin and Jens Hainmueller. The project is part of the new Policy Implementation Lab at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Duncan Lawrence has recently joined Stanford University to help direct the project. 
Duncan Lawrence holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on immigration, comparative political behavior, political economy and Latin America. His early interest in immigration and immigrant integration developed out of his work as a medical interpreter for a non-profit serving Spanish speaking immigrants in Wyoming. He is a two-time Fulbright recipient, first serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina in 2005 and then more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile investigating how connections to emigrants impact perceptions of immigration. Duncan is the co-founder of the Telluride Research Group, LLC, an innovative data analysis and research firm that assists businesses and organizations in using social science research methods to understand problems and policy, and make better decisions.

Workshop Schedules

The Europe Center invites you to attend the talks of speakers in the following workshop series:

Europe and the Global Economy

Feb 26, 2015
Gerald Schneider, Universität Konstanz, Germany
“In Draghi We Trust: The Euro Crisis, Social Unrest and the European Central Bank”
RSVP by Feb 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015
Christina Schneider, University of California, San Diego
“The Domestic Politics of International Cooperation During the European Debt Crisis”
RSVP by Apr 20, 2015
European Governance
Mar 12, 2015
Cliff Carrubba, Emory University
“Does Judicial Independence Matter for Judicial Influence?”

RSVP by Mar 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015
Michael Becher, Graduate School of Decision Sciences and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz
“Endogenous Credible Commitment and Party Competition Over Redistribution Under Alternative Electoral Institutions

RSVP by Apr 6, 2015

Apr 16, 2015
Massimiliano Onorato, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca
Title to be announced

RSVP by Apr 13, 2015

The Europe Center Sponsored Events

Feb 19, 2015
Ambassador Eric Lebédel
“Why France and the European Union Still Matter for the United States”
CISAC Central Conference Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor
RSVP by Feb 16, 2015

Feb 19, 2015
Musical Dialogue with Jordi Savall
Bechtel Conference Room
Additional Details


Mar 3, 2015
Edgar Illas, Indiana University
“Survival, or, the War Logic of Global Capitalism”
Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 252
Additional Details


Mar 30, 2015
Andrea Vindigni, IMT, Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies
Title to be announced
Encina Hall West, Room 400
Additional Details


Apr 8, 2015
Nicholas Crafts, University of Warwick, UK
“A Vision of the Growth Process in a Technologically progressive Economy: the United States, 1899-1941”
Landau Economics Building, Room 351
RSVP by Apr 7, 2015

Apr 22, 2015
Sascha Becker, University of Warwick, UK
“Religion, Division of Labour and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in German Regions over 700 Years”
Landau Economics Building, Room 351
RSVP by Apr 21, 2015


Save the Date

April 10-11, 2015
Conference on Human Rights Education (Title TBA)
A collaborative effort between the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School, the Research Center for Human Rights at Vienna University, and The Europe Center. The conference will focus on the pedagogy and practice of human rights.


May 11, 2015
Public Lecture with Ambassador Ivo Daalder
Ivo Daalder, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


May 20-22, 2015
TEC Lectureship on Europe and the World
Joel Mokyr
Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University


We welcome you to visit our website for additional details.