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Visiting Scholars

Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES

Each of the Centre’s five Research Theme Groups will also invite one or more Visiting Scholars-in-Residence. The scholars, who'll be staying in Amsterdam for a period of up to one month, will be housed in a participating department. Visiting Scholars-in-Residence are expected to give two research seminars or public lectures; many will also give a PhD master class and/or collaborate with ACES affiliates on joint workshops and publication projects.

Nana Osei-Kofi

About Nana Osei-Kofi

Nana Osei-Kofi is Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. A critical feminist scholar, her current research centers on the experiences and conditions faced by people of African descent in Europe generally and Sweden specifically. As a leading scholar in the emerging field of AfroSwedish Studies, Osei-Kofi has published a wide range of articles and book chapters on the AfroSwedish condition and has a forthcoming single-authored book titled Identity and Kinship: AfroSwedish Places of Belonging. Osei-Kofi is also the editor of a forthcoming special issue of Meridians that will be available in early May 2023 and that highlights scholarship on European BIPOC Feminisms and Queer of Color Critiques.

Upcoming events

During her stay in Amsterdam, Nana Osei-Kofi will give a number of lectures and seminars. The final lecture is open to the public to attend. Click on the links below to find out more. 

  • 2023 | Petra Ezzedine

    From 16 Jauary to 16 February 2023, Petra Ezzeddine, Assistant Professor of Deparment of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, is ACES visiting scholar. Her research focuses on gender in migration, transnational care practices, globalization of senior care, ageing in migration and appplied anthropology. She is a member of the editorial board for Gender a Výzkum/Gender and Research. During her visit, Dr. Ezzeddine will undertake a number of assignments, including a public lecture on Care Migration, and a reading seminar on Care Alternatives: description and dates to be announced once finalized. 

    Petra Ezzeddine is starting to work with her team on international research (including UvA team) project CareOg: „Researching the transnational organisation of senior care, labour and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe” (founded by Volskwagen Stiftung). CareOrg will investigate the intersections between Igntra-EU mobility, care drain and care gain within and from CEE countries, foregrounding the meso level of organizing senior care work to offer lessons on how to develop sustainable and decent care work in and across Europe.

  • 2022 | Claudia Aradau, Anna Korteweg, John Borneman and Dora Kostakopoulou

    Claudia Aradau

    Between 9 May-3 June 2022, Claudia Aradau, Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, is ACES visiting scholar.

    During her visit, Professor Aradau will give a public lecture, lead a workshop for PhD students and early career scholars and be part of a public seminar at ACES. Additionally, a reading group session will discuss what intersections between postcolonialism and postsocialism mean for International Relations.

    Anna Korteweg

    From May 30th to June 20th, Anna Korteweg, Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, is the ACES visiting scholar invited by the Theme Group ‘Diverse Europe’. During her stay in Amsterdam, Professor Korteweg will engage in several ACES events. 

    Some European women who joined the Islamic State during the 2010s have had their citizenship revoked, which leaves them in a liminal state in camps at the Syrian border. Others are able to return home, where they face prosecution and potential pathways to “rehabilitation”.

    John Borneman 

    John Borneman is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in Germany, Central Europe, Lebanon, and Syria, and been guest professor in Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, and Syria. He has written widely on issues of intimacy, kinship, law, psychoanalysis, and political form. His current research is a longitudinal study of social incorporation of Syrian refugees in Germany. His most recent publication is an edited volume (with Kelly McKowen) Digesting Difference: Migrant Incorporation and Mutual Belonging in Europe, 2020.

    Dora Kostakopoulou

    Dora Kostakopoulou is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union and a professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at KU Leuven University. An expert on European public and social law, Dora Kostakopoulou works on citizenship as formal practice  with her publications touching on subjects such as human rights and citizenship in the EU. 

  • 2021 | Andrew Reynolds

    From 1–23rd December 2021, Andrew Reynolds, faculty member in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Professor of Political Science (on leave) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an ACES visiting scholar invited by the Theme Group ‘Diverse Europe’.

    Three events are organized during Reynolds’ stay:

    • ACES lecture ‘The Right Gays' 7 December 2021, 15:30-17:00
    • Student event ‘Challenging Heteronormativity at the UvA’ 8 December 2021, 15:00-17:00
    • Public event in collaboration with SPUI25 ‘LGBT Politics and Representation' 9 December, 20:00 – 21:00

    Andrew Reynolds  received his B.A.(Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a M.A. (Dist.) from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

    His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems. He has also served as a consultant on issues of electoral and constitutional design for Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Egypt, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. He has received research awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation.

    Among his books are: The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford, 2015) with Jason Brownlee and Tarek Masoud, Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World (Oxford, 2011), The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (Oxford, 2002), Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa (Oxford, 1999), Election 99 South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki (St. Martin’s, 1999), Election 94 South Africa: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects (David Philip, 1994), Elections and Conflict Management in Africa (USIP, 1998), co-edited with T. Sisk, and The International IDEA Handbook of Electoral System Design (IDEA, 1997, 2nd. 1997, 3rd. 2005) wth Ben Reilly and Andrew Ellis.

    The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (Oxford, 2018) has been lauded as a groundbreaking study of the impact of out queer elected officials. Reynolds is the founder of QueerPolitics and a faculty member in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2017 he was shortlisted to be the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.

  • 2020 | Tammy Hervey

    From 10 through 22 February Tammy Hervey was an ACES / ACELG visiting Scholar. During her visit three events were organised.


    • PhD Masterclass

    18 Februari 13:00 - 15:00 

    Tammy Hervey is co-authors of the book: Cryer, Hervey and Sokhi-Bulley's Research Methodologies in EU and International Law. The PhD masterclass will be based on the exercises on p 114-117 of this book but it will be appropriate for all law PhD students, whatever their topic.

    • Health ‘Brexternalities’: The Brexit effect on health and health care outside the UK

    18 Februari 15:30-17:00 

    In her lecture she talked about the external effects of Brexit for health and health care, with a particular focus on the European Union.

    Tamara K Hervey, called-name Tammy, (LLB (Hons) (Glasgow), PhD (Sheffield), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health) is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at the University of Sheffield, UK.  Before joining Sheffield, she worked in the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Durham.

    She researches, teaches, and writes on European Union health law; on comparative health law and policy; on equality law; on interfaces between biosciences and (European) law; on social rights; on legal research methodologies; and on legal pedagogy. She’s author of 18 books and over 100 other publications.

    One of the first to the field, Tammy has been writing on EU health law since the 1990s. Recent publications include the Research Handbook in European Union Health Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, 2017). She works with a large network of academics across Europe and in North America.

    Tammy served as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee’s Brexit Inquiries; and the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee Inquiry into Brexit and crossborder healthcare.  She is currently working on a large project on the health implications of Brexit, with the NHS Confederation, regulators in England and Northern Ireland, health charities and MPs with medical expertise. The project compares what ‘elites’ think and know about the NHS, health and Brexit, with what people in the street have to say on the subject. 

    She has also worked closely with colleagues and students to co-produce learning materials to help them understand the nature of the legal profession, its (lack of) diversity, and to challenge conceptions of ‘merit’ that hide unconscious bias against people in various disadvantaged groups.

  • 2019 | Emily Gilbert, Antoine Vauchez, Pinar Bilgin, Waltraud Schelkle and Takkis Pappas

    Pinar Bilgin

    Prof. Pinar Bilgin was an ACES Visiting Scholar in June 2019

    Pınar Bilgin is Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University. She specialises in critical approaches to International Relations and security. She is the author of Regional Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective (2005; 2nded. 2019), The International in Security, Security in the International (2016) and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology (With Xavier Guillaume, 2017), Asia in International Relations: Unthinking Imperial Power Relations (with L.H.M. Ling, 2017). Prof. Bilgin is currently Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly. Pinar Bilgin is ACES Visiting Scholar for the Europe in the World Theme Group in June 2019.

    Emily Gilbert

    In November 2019 Emily Gilbert, Professor at the University of Toronto cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program and Department of Geography & Planning, will be a visiting scholar to the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) and research project FOLLOW (

    Biography Emily Gilbert

    Emily Gilbert is a Professor at the University of Toronto cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program and Department of Geography & Planning. She has two main research projects which each address issues relating to territory, borders, security, and militaries. She is an associate editor of Security Dialogue, co-editor of the book ‘War, citizenship, territory’, and has published in several journals including Political Geography, Security Dialogue, and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

    Antoine Vauchez

    Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Ehess - Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) and a Permanent Visiting professor at iCourts Research centre (Univ. of Copenhagen).

    His research engages with the field of historical sociology, political sociology and critical sociology of law, researching extensively the interactions between forms of expertise, transnational knowledge communities and transnational politics with a particular emphasis on law, economics and European Union polity. He also focuses on issues connecting « law and politics », processes of « judicialization » and the transformation of Western States.

    Recently, he has brought to an end a series of four books on law, politics and democracy in the European Union, a monograph providing a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (Brokering Europe. Euro-lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity, Cambridge University Press, 2015, an edited volume on the transnational field of European law (with Bruno de Witte, Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013), an essay Democratizing Europe (Seuil, 2014 ; Palgrave, 2015, Hamburger Verlag, 2016) and an intervention book with Thomas Piketty, Stéphanie Hennette and Guillaume Sacriste : Pour un traité de démocratisation de l’Europe (Seuil, 2017) which has been translated in nine languages. This resulted in a online manifesto T-Dem and a project campaigning for the T-Dem plan to be implemented by the national states. 

    Over the years, he has been a visiting scholar in a variety of universities : he has been a Post-doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Northwestern University, 2000), a Marie Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center (EUI, 2007-2009), a Senior Emile Noël fellow at New York University (2014), and a Visiting professor in a variety of universities (Bocconi University, Copenhagen University, Columbia University, the Luiss in Rome, Cairo University and the International institute for the sociology of law in Spain).

    Waltraud Schelkle

    Waltraud Schelkle is ACES Visiting Scholar from 15-25 April

    Dr. Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School for Economics and Political Science (LSE), will visit the department of Political Science between 15-25 April, as a Visiting Scholar of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies. She is invited by the Theme Group European Political Economy and Governance.

    Waltraud Schelkle is an Associate Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute and has been at LSE since autumn 2001, teaching courses on the political economy of European integration at MSc and PhD level. She has previously worked as a development economist, from 1989-2002 as a staff member of the German Institute of Development in Berlin with a research focus on the financial system in development and doing her first PhD on India's development as a monetary economy since Independence (London 1994). Her research interests are the evolving economic governance of EMU and social policy reforms directed at financial markets. 

    Takis Pappas

    Takis Pappas was ACES visiting scholar in January 2019. On January 15 he gave a lecture on populism for ACES researchers. 

    Takis S. Pappas (PhD Yale ΄96) is recurring Visiting Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. In the past, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Macedonia (Greece), European University Institute, Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Strasbourg, the University of Oslo, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and the University of Luxembourg. His work has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Comparative Political Studies, Constellations, Government and Opposition, Journal of Democracy, Party Politics, West European Politics, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia among others. He has authored Making Party Democracy in Greece (Macmillan 1999), The Charismatic Party: PASOK, Papandreou, Power (Patakis, 2009, in Greek), Populism and Crisis Politics in Greece (Palgrave 2014; also translated in Greek), On the Tightrope: National Crises and Political Acrobatics from Trikoupis to Tsipras (Ikaros 2017, in Greek), and co-edited European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession (ECPR Press, 2015. He is currently finishing a new book under the title Democratic Illiberalism: How Populism Grows to Menace Democracy.