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Dr. Michael Meimeth

Dr. Michael Meimeth
Academic Director European Semester

Michael Meimeth is CIFE Director for the Overseas University Programs as well as the Academic Director of the European Semester. He has a degree in Political Sciences and received his PhD from the University of Trier, Germany. From 1985 until 1999 he held academic positions as Assistant Professor at the Universities of Trier, Cologne and Saarbrücken. In 1990 he was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University, NY, USA. He has widely published on International Relations Theory, European Security Affairs, French Security Policy and Franco-German Relations. Prior to joining CIFE in 2011 he was Director of the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG in Saarbrücken, Germany.

 

Dr. Frank Baasner

Prof. Dr. Frank Baasner

Frank Baasner is Director of the Franco-German Institute (dfi) in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He obtained his doctorate in Romance philology in 1986 in Paris. After working for the universities in Erlangen and Tübingen, Frank Baasner is professor at the University of Mannheim since 1995. Furthermore, he is teaching in Austria, Spain and Sweden.

 

Dr. Helgard Fröhlich

Dr. Helgard Fröhlich

Helgard Fröhlich has been Program Director of CIFE since 2003. She has a degree in History and received her PhD and the “facultas docendi” from Humboldt University, Germany. She is specialised in European history and was Assistant Chairperson/Assistant Professor for Modern History at the Humboldt-University Berlin from 1980 to 1996. From 1997 onwards she worked for the European Movement Germany, since 1999 as its Deputy General Secretary. She teaches at the University of Vienna, Department of History.

 

Gyöngyvér Gyene

Gyöngyvér Gyene

Gyöngyvér Gyene is a program evaluation specialist. In her present capacity as Head of Unit of the Evaluation and Planning Unit within the Department for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Prime Minister’s Office, she is responsible for evaluating environmental, sustainability and climate issues in Hungary. She was senior advisor in the Cabinet of the Minister for European Integration and worked in the National Development Agency of Hungary, where she coordinated the draft of the first Sustainable Development Strategy. Prior to joining public service she was a business consultant and worked as administrative director for a major international law firm for ten years.

 

Dr. Jaroslaw Janczak

Dr. Jaroslaw Janczak

Since 2004 Jaroslaw Janczak is an Assistant Professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, and at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. He has a degree in Political Science and holds a PhD in European Studies. His research concentrates on European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe and border studies with a special focus on cross-border cooperation. He has been a guest lecturer at several European universities and authored over eighty academic publications. He is the coordinator of the German-Polish joint Master's Program in European Studies/Political Science.

 

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp

Mathias Jopp is Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen. He is teaching at CIFE, where he is also doing part of his research. He is a member of the Presidium of the German section of the European Community Studies Association (ECSA) and accredited reviewer of the European Research Council.

 

Hartmut Marhold

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Marhold

Hartmut Marhold served as Director General of CIFE from 2002 till 2013. Since August 2013, he is Director of Research and Development and also teaches at the Universities of Cologne and Poznan. He is Vice-President of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. He specialises in the history of European Integration and German European politics. He also works on the institutional and constitutional evolution of the European Union and on the issue of federalism. He is an alumnus of the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Enternationales (IEHEI) Master’s programme 1980/81 and was DAAD Visiting Lecturer at CIFE from 1986 to 1991.

 

Prof. Dr. Maria Meng-Papantoni

Prof. Dr. Maria Meng-Papantoni

Maria Meng-Papantoni is Associate Professor of European Business Law at the Panteion University of Athens and Visiting Professor at the University of the Saarland, Germany. She studied law at the University of Athens and the University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), where she was awarded her PhD in 1995. She teaches European (institutional and material) law, international Business law as well as International Corporate Governance. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown Law University (2010) and taught at severlal universities in China. Professor Meng-Papantoni is a member of the Athens Bar Association and legal advisor to the National Bank of Greece.

 

Dr. Michael Oswald

Dr. Michael Oswald

Michael Oswald is a research fellow and political science teacher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Passau and a research associate and lecturer at the Free University Berlin (JFK-Institute). He graduated from the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS) at the University of Passau, where he pursed a PhD and a Master's degree in Governance and Public Policy, finishing as valedictorian in 2012. He wrote his dissertation on the Tea Party Movement. He visited different universities in the US, including Texas A&M University, where he spent a semester as a research scholar.

 

Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild

Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild

Joachim Schild holds a Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Trier since 2003. From 1990-2002, he worked as a researcher at the Franco-German Institute, Ludwigsburg, then from 2002-2003 as a senior research fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). His research focusses on Franco-German relations in the European Union, French European policy and the political economy of European integration. He is the author (with Ulrich Krotz) of Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysée Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, paperback edition 2015).

 

Dr. Peter Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt

Peter Schmidt is honorary professor of the University of Mannheim and Lecturer at the University of Munich. After his time as an assistant professor at the University of Mannheim, Professor Schmidt worked in different functions at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) from 1983 to 2008. Beside his engagement at the University of Mannheim and work for two private companies (until 2014) he served from 2008 to 2010 during the summer and fall term as a visiting professor at Queen's University and as McNaughton-Vanier Visiting Scholar at the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. He organizes crisis management simulation and scenario workshops on a regular basis.

 

Stefan Seidendorf

Dr. Stefan Seidendorf

Stefan Seidendorf is deputy director of the Franco-German Institute in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  He studied History and Political Science and wrote his PhD at Mannheim University on “Europeanization of identity discourses”. After being a lecturer at the University of Mannheim from 2005-2010 (teaching International Relations and European Studies), he took up his position at the Franco-German Institute. He is teaching at the Universities of Strasbourg (Institut d’études politiques) and Stuttgart (Master of Social Science). His current research interest lies in the transformation of societies within the process of regional integration.

 

Dr. Funda Tekin

Dr. Funda Tekin

In 2014, Funda Tekin joined CIFE as research associate where she contributes to the development of CIFE’s research department. Funda Tekin is responsible for the coordination of proposals for research projects and particularly deals with questions of EU-Turkey relations, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice as well as questions of differentiated integration. Since 2013 Funda Tekin is a research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin. Funda Tekin holds a PhD from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.

 

Matthias Waechter

PD Dr. Matthias Waechter
Director General CIFE

Matthias Waechter has been Director General of CIFE since 2013. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Freiburg and teaches international relations at EDHEC Business school. Waechter studied History and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, Paris, and Rochester, NY. He holds a PhD (summa cum laude) and a postdoctoral qualification ("Habilitation") from the University of Freiburg where he was an Assistant  Professor in the Department of History from 1993 to 2000. He was a Research Scholar at the German Historical Institute in Paris and a Fulbright Fellow at New York University and published several award-winning books. He specializes in U.S. history, contemporary France, Franco-German relations and European integration. In his research, he focuses on problems of collective identity, historical consciousness, political myths and transnational intellectuals.

 

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