Director, Center for German and European Studies
Professor Florence Vatan
Florence Vatan is Professor in the Department of French & Italian and Affiliate of the German Section of German, Nordic and Slavic. She specializes in nineteenth-century poetry and fiction; literature and science (psychology, medicine); literature and philosophy; twentieth-century Austrian literature; and European intellectual and cultural history. She writes and publishes in English, German and French, and received her doctorate in Germanistik at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne) and her doctorate in French at the University of Chicago.
CGES Research Faculty
THEME ONE: GERMAN MUSICOLOGY’S GLOBAL REACH IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES
Ronald Radano is an ethnomusicologist with a special interest in the history of US Black music and its transnational circulation. He approaches his subject through the interpretive mechanisms of social and cultural theory and history, giving particular emphasis to the ideological formation of race. He teaches seminars and courses on a variety of topics, including ethnomusicological history and theory, global jazz, and the cultural study of music.
Pamela M. Potter is a Professor of Musicology who also holds affiliations with the School of Music and the Center for Jewish Studies. Her interests concentrate on relating music, the arts, and the writing of cultural history to ideological, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing on twentieth-century Germany, Jewish music, and the impact of German emigration on American musical life. She currently serves as the Director for German and European Studies.
THEME TWO: GOVERNANCE AND REFORM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Nils Ringe is Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair, and Director of the Center for European Studies. His research and teaching interests are European Union politics (in particular the institutions of the EU), legislatures, political parties, social networks, and elections.
Mark Copelovitch is Professor, Trice Faculty Scholar, and the Goldy Faculty Fellow in the Department of Political Science and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Professor Copelovitch studies international political economy and international organizations, with a focus on the politics of financial crises, global financial governance, and the political economy of international trade and exchange rates.
Elizabeth Covington is Faculty Associate and Executive Director of European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she writes grants for and administers three independent centers funded by the US Department of Education, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the European Commission’s Erasmus + Jean Monnet Program. She currently teaches for the International Studies major at the UW-Madison. Her research focuses on how the 2021-2027 EU Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund and potential incorporation of new rules of governance devised for Western liberal democracies may pit southern and eastern European member states against the West by implying that their use of these funds is not in compliance with Western norms.
THEME THREE: ISSUES AND PROBLEMS OF DATA PROTECTION IN GERMANY
Linda Hogle is Professor of Medical History and Bioethics. Her research interests include Stem cell and tissue engineering policy and ethics; socio-cultural, political and ethical issues in emerging biomedical engineering technologies; and transnational issues in governance of novel technologies.
Alan Rubel is Associate Professor of the Information School and in the Center for Law, Society & Justice at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also member of the Department of Medical History & Bioethics and an affiliate of the UW Law School. In 2012 he served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. His current research concerns the nature and value of privacy, moral issues surrounding public health surveillance, rights to intellectual freedom, and theoretical foundations of the criminal law.
THEME FOUR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE GERMAN REFUGEE CRISIS
Michael Light is Associate Professor of Sociology. His work focuses on the legal and criminological consequences of international migration, the relationship between racial/ethnic stratification and crime, and the health consequences of major social and demographic shifts. Current projects in these areas examine the punishment of non-U.S. citizens before and after 9/11 as well as the relationship between undocumented immigration and violent crime.
Michael Massoglia is Professor of Sociology and served as the Director of the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program from 2013 to 2017. His work focuses on the social consequences of the expansion of the penal system, the relationship between the use of legal controls and demographic change in the United States, and patterns and consequences of criminal behavior over the life course. Current research projects examine historical variation in U.S. criminal deportations as well as the relationship between incarceration and neighborhood attainment and racial composition. He teaches classes on criminology, delinquency, and deviance.
Ralph Grunewald is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies and the Legal Studies Program. He studies the relationship between law and the humanities and literature in particular. His publications include a monograph on the principle of education in in the German Juvenile Court Act and various articles on questions of criminal law and legal narratology. He is currently working on comparative problems of wrongful convictions and on a larger project in which he assesses the legal and literary construction of guilt.
Joseph Conti is Associate Professor of Sociology and Law. He is an expert on international trade disputes, globalization and society, and social implications of technological innovation.
Alexandra Huneeus is Professor of Law and Director, Global Legal Studies Center. Her scholarship focuses on human rights law, with emphasis on Latin America. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science, and sociology.
Sumudu Atapattu is the Director of Research Centers and Senior Lecturer at the Law School. She teaches in the area of International Environmental law and climate change and human rights.
THEME FIVE: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO TRANSNATIONAL HISTORY
Kathryn Ciancia is Associate Professor of History and is a historian of modern Eastern Europe, with a research focus on Poland between the two world wars. Her current book project explores the ways in which Polish national identity was shaped by perceptions of—and encounters with—Poland’s multiethnic eastern borderlands. She is beginning work on a new transnational history of the relationships between the Polish interwar state, Polish citizens abroad, and members of the Polish diaspora.
Francine Hirsch is Vilas Distinguished Professor of History. Her research and teaching interests include Russian and Soviet History, Modern European History, comparative empires, the history of human rights, and Russian-American engagement. She is currently completing a book about the role of the Soviet Union in the Nuremberg Trials and the postwar development of international law: Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A Cold War Story, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Giuliana Chamedes is Associate Professor of History and is a historian of modern European and international history, with a special interest in the late nineteenth and twentieth-century European international order. In her research, she focuses on the entanglements of religion and politics in Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe.
THEME SIX: THE [UN]DOCUMENTED STATE: MINORITIES, MIGRANTS, REFUGEES IN GERMANY AND BEYOND
B. Venkat Mani is Professor of German and his research interests include 19th to 21st Century German literature and culture, world literature in translation, migration in the German and European context, book- and digital cultural histories, and theories of cosmopolitanism, globalization, post-colonialism, and transnationalism. He received grants and awards for the Alexander for Humboldt Foundation’s Fellowship for Senior Researchers [2011-12; 2013; Host institution: Institute of Book Studies, University of Leipzig], and Andrew Mellon Foundation’s, Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultural Studies Grant for the project, “Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere” (2014-16), and UW-Madison’s Kellett Research Award (2017-20). He is also serving as Director, Center for South Asia, UW-Madison.
Weijia Li is Assistant Professor of German and primarily focuses on German-Chinese cultural encounters reflected in literature, press, and art history. In 2010, he published a monograph on Anna Seghers, a famous German writer and her encounter with China. He is currently working on a new book project on German and Yiddish writings on China by European Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. Alongside research and teaching in the field of German Studies, he also serves as the Director of Global Higher Education MS Program at Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. He teaches graduate seminars on globalization and internationalization of higher education, leadership and management in international education programs and services.