Catherine Guisan is a US citizen, raised in a French-speaking Swiss family with Greek Ottoman roots. After 25 years of non-profit work on 3 continents, she got her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where she is Visiting Associate Professor. She is the author of Un sens à l’Europe: Gagner la Paix (1950-2003) (Odile Jacob, 2003) and A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: Memory and policies (Routledge, 2011), and many articles. She is writing a new book, Making and Unmaking Peace in Europe (Agenda, 2025). She has taught at the University of Minnesota, in French, and Dutch universities, and as a Fulbright scholar at European University, St Petersburg, 2013. She returned to Russia for lectures on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s Speaker Program in 2016. She served as the first chair of the American Political Science Association(APSA)’s Status Committee on contingent faculty in the profession  (2016-2019) and on the APSA’s Council where she successfully advocated for the first policy text on minimum standards for contingent faculty  (2020-2023). For more information on APSA policies on contingent faculty, see below Recent and topical publications.

Beside courses on European Integration Politics, Introduction to Political Theory, and Political Development Catherine Guisan has developed three new courses in Democratic Theory: The Politics of Reconciliation, Democracy and the Other, and International Democracy: Dangerous Utopia or Realistic Goal?

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APSA policy texts and article on contingent faculty:

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Educational Background

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