Copelovitch named Jean Monnet Chair

Profile photo of Mark Copelovitch.

This fall, the European Commission named Professor Mark Copelovitch a Jean Monnet Chair in the European Union (EU) and the Global Economy.

The Jean Monnet Chair is a globally competitive teaching post intended to deepen education in EU studies. Currently, there are only ten chairs in the United States. Copelovitch, who serves as director of European Studies at UW–Madison, was awarded the chair because of his outstanding teaching, research, and outreach activities.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the European Union and delighted to continue the Jean Monnet Chair legacy at UW–Madison,” said Copelovitch in an article from European Studies announcing the award.

Copelovitch, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the La Follette School, studies the political economy of international trade, global financial governance and monetary institutions, and the politics of international organizations, including the EU. He is the author of the book “Banks on the Brink: Global Capital, Securities Markets, and the Political Roots of Financial Crises” with David Andrew Singer.

In spring 2022, Copelovitch served as chair of the La Follette Forum: American Power, Prosperity & Democracy, which convened prominent journalists and international policy experts in Madison.

During his three-year term as Jean Monet Chair, Copelovitch will continue to study and teach about the political economy of the EU, including the EU’s role in the global economy and conflict between its member states.

“The Jean Monnet Chair in the EU and the Global Economy comes at a crucial time, with both the EU and the global economy facing serious challenges, including the war in Ukraine, high inflation, authoritarian threats to democracy, climate change, and the rise of China. I look forward to involving my students and colleagues in exploring all aspects of these challenges and issues,” shared Copelovitch.

The Jean Monet Chair is funded in part by the EU’s Erasmus + Programme.

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