SPP Professor Named Jean Monnet Chair by European Union

Posted: September 10, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Desmond Dinan, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy, is one of four U.S. scholars to be selected as a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Union’s European Commission directorate general for education and culture.

The chair, named after the intellectual and administrative father of the European Union concept, is a full-time teaching post devoted to scholarship on European integration that will help develop policy guidelines for the future of Europe and the European Union. As part of the Jean Monnet Project, which introduces the study of European integration into universities, the chair brings both international recognition and scholarship money to the university.

As a Jean Monnet Chair, Dinan will teach graduate and undergraduate students about issues related to European integration and the political economy of contemporary Europe, including disciplines such as community law, economic and political integration, and the history of the European construction process.

“We will examine the motives behind the European Union, including the force that drives countries to integrate and to coordinate their economic, social, and monetary policies,” says Dinan. Another teaching focus is the challenges and policy implications resulting from the enlargement of the European Union to include members in central and eastern Europe. Dinan also will conduct research on institutional developments within the European Union, focusing on the problems the union faces in terms of legitimacy and credibility.

In addition to being awarded the Jean Monnet Chair, George Mason is part of a consortium of area universities that recently was named a European Union center. Along with Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, American University, and George Washington University, George Mason is now positioned to offer new courses, student seminars, conferences, and a comprehensive research agenda that will further the study of the European Union.

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