Catherine B Guisan

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Catherine Guisan is the author of two books, A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration, Oxford: Routledge, 2011, paperback and e-book: October 2012; and Un sens à l’Europe: Gagner la paix (1950-2003), Paris: Editions Odile Jacob, 2003; and over 20 articles. Her research interests focus on Democratic Theory; European Integration Politics; Transnational Ethics; and Citizens’ Participation in International Relations. She is Visiting Associate Professor and has taught at the University of Minnesota since 2001. She has taught also at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands, Grenoble, France and in the graduate program of European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, as a Fulbright Fellow in 2013. Beside courses on European Integration Politics, Introduction to Political Theory, and Political Development she has developed three new courses in Democratic Theory: The Politics of Reconciliation, Democracy and the Other, and International Democracy: Dangerous Utopia or Realistic Goal? Guisan, "Of Political Resurrection and "Lost Treasures" in Soviet and Russian Politics, Europe-Asia Studies," November 2018 is available in open access at https://doi.org10.1080/09668136.2018.1500525 You can follow Professor Guisan's blog here:

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2000.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • 2001-2020: Nine courses taught (see CV) including Grand Challenge course, 2015, and 3 Honors courses on Democracy and the Other, Politics of Reconciliation and International Democracy and the European Union's Experience
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Council, American Political Science Association (2020-2023):
  • Chair Emerita, Committee on the Status of Contingent Faculty, American Politcial Science Association (2016-2019):


  • Conscience and Religion in European Politics, and the Case of Cyprus:
  • The EU 'culture' of peace-making and the Ukrainian Crisis:
  • Catherine Guisan. "Beyond Exceptionalism in European Studies," in Erik Jones (ed.), European Studies, Past, Present, Future (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Agenda Publishing, 2020). Published in association with the Council of European Studies.
  • Catherine Guisan, "Online learning at he U: It's different and challenging, but the quality can be kept high." Minnpost. September 10, 2020.
  • Catherine Guisan. "The challenge of ifnding a balance in our coronavirus response." Star Tribune, March 13, 2020.
  • Canary in the Coal Mine: Contingent Faculty in the Pro-Diversity Era: Guisan, Catherine, Political Science and Politics, July , 2019. Link
  • Of Political Resurrection and "Lost Treasures" in Soviet and Russian Politics. Guisan, Catherine, Author, 2018. Link
  • Catherine Guisan. "Of Political Resurrection and 'Lost Treasures' in Soviet and Russian Politics," Europe-Asia Studies, 70 (9): 1381-1406 (2018).
  • Catherine Guisan. "Truth-Telling and Right-Speaking in European Integration Politics: From Theory to Practice and Back," in Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux (eds.), Sincerity in Ethics, Politics and International Relations (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2017), 189-204.
  • Catherine Guisan. "How Shall We Live Together? The Eurozone Crisis and Greek Civil Society," Mediterranean Politics, 21 (3): 387-406 (2016).
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  • European Union Research Grant, European University Vradinia, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, June 8-21, 2020. 3740 euros (postponed due to COVID-19)
  • 2017 DAAD grant supporting 2017 public lectures series, U of MN , and panel on memory and the Holocaust at German Studies Association Annual conference, Atanta, October 2017
  • US State Department Speaker's Bureau, Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, 2016
  • Fulbright, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2013