Visiting Scholars

As an essential part of the center’s mission to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the public to learn about Europe, European integration, and the European Union, the Center for European Studies welcomes scholars from around the world to participate in its Visiting Scholar Program. The Visiting Scholar Program targets three distinct types of visiting scholars whose research dovetails with that of leading faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

  • EU Fellows
  • CES Visiting Scholars in Residence
  • German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Professors

The Visiting Scholars Program at the Center for European Studies mutually enriches its participants by expanding research networks, allowing for collaborative projects, and broadening the international visibility and impact of their work.



European Union Fellows

European Union Fellows are EU officials based at universities across the United States for up to one year. The Fellows conduct research, teach courses on EU themes at their host university, and give frequent outreach talks at other universities and community organizations throughout their region.

Currently no visiting European Union fellows

CES Visiting Scholars

The Center for European Studies Visiting Scholars in Residence program affords scholars at various stages in their academic career the opportunity to spend extended periods of time at UNC-Chapel Hill. This opportunity allows for research and professional development for visiting scholars, strengthening ties between CES and departments with similar goals in the US and abroad. Visitors will benefit from UNC-Chapel Hill’s world class library system, working with the center’s TransAtlantic Masters students and affiliated doctoral students, and partnering with leading faculty in various EU fields. CES Visiting Scholars in Resident are fully integrated in the activities of the center’s activities, participating in working groups, giving guest lectures and public talks, and teaching courses, when appropriate.

Christiane Lemke is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Relations and European Studies in the Institute of Political Science at Leibniz University Hannover. From 2010-14, she held the Max Weber Chair at New York University. Professor Lemke received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation Venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution. Professor Lemke has been a visiting scholar at a number of US institutions over the years as she has maintained her permanent faculty positions in Germany. She has taught courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Suffolk University. In addition while on a leave from the University of Hannover from 2006 to 2007, Professor Lemke served as the Director of State Parliament, Lower Saxony. Professor Lemke’s academic areas of expertise include: European Politics, Democracy and Governance in the EU, Transatlantic Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory, and American Politics. She is the author/editor of numerous books and articles, including: Internationale Beziehungen: Grundkonzepte, Theorien und Problemfelder, 3rd ed. (International Relations: Concepts, Theories, and Key Issues, 2012); Richtungswechsel. Politik der Obama-Administration (Change: Reform Politics of the Obama-Administration, 2011); Europäische Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (European Foreign and Security Policy, 2010), Menschenrechte und Migration (Human Rights and Migration, 2009). In fall 2017, Professor Lemke taught one of the required TransAtlantic Masters courses: European Integration – Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (POLI 733). This seminar introduces students to key concepts and developments of European integration politics. She has offered this course to students at UNC-Chapel Hill in the past, and we were delighted and honored to have her back again last fall. View Professor Lemke’s CV.

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Professors

DAAD professors are German academics who teach at North American universities for up to five years in a wide variety of fields such as political science, history, anthropology and philosophy. The Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill is pleased to host DAAD professors on a regular basis. More about DAAD Visiting Professorships.

Dominic Nyhuis is DAAD Professor at the Center for European Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim, Germany, for a project on the link between district preferences and candidate communication in German elections. In his research on European and German politics, he focuses on party politics, legislatures, and subnational politics. With a background in quantitative methods, he is particularly interested in how the digital transformation impacts upon research in the social sciences. To this end, he has worked on the automated collection of large-scale web data, as well as tools for the analysis of text and video data. Funded by the German Research Foundation, he currently runs a project in collaboration with researchers at the University of Mannheim and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, to investigate how computer vision can inform research on legislative politics. He is also part of a research group that builds a syntax-aware text analysis system to improve the study of legislative text.

Become a Fellow

Visiting Scholars hosted by the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill are funded through a variety of means. Below we provide a list of external grants and fellowships for academics and practitioners that would allow for an extended research period at the UNC-Chapel Hill.