Karen Anderson, Project Leader for the DEEPEN-project, is the new Chair of the Council for European Studies (CES). Karen, who works as an Associate Professor of Social Policy at University College Dublin, will serve as Chair of the Executive Committee from July 2021 until June 2023.

The Council for European Studies

CES supports research on Europe in the social sciences and humanities, particularly  research focusing on how the lessons of European history and European integration can help us respond to contemporary challenges such as global security, sustainability, environmental stewardship, and threats to democracy. CES offers a variety of programs and initiatives to support European Studies research, such as fellowships, awards, meetings, conferences and panels. Members of the DEEPEN presented their first results at the June 2021 online conference.

Karen Anderson

Karen has a PhD in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle. Before joining UCD, she held positions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Karen’s research focuses on comparative social policy development, financialization, non-state social policy, and the impact that Europeanization has on national welfare states.

She is the author of Social Policy in the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and the editor (with Ellen M. Immergut, Camilla Devitt, and Tamara Popic) of the Handbook of Health Politics in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2021). She also edited (with Ellen M. Immergut and Isabelle Schulze) the Handbook of West European Pension Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, West European Politics, Canadian Journal of SociologyJournal for Labour Market Research, and the Journal of Public Policy.

Karen was active in several international scholary organsaions, such as member of the International Committee for the American Political Science Association, member of the Executive Committee of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association and division co-chair for the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

We are very proud of Karen and wish her all the good luck as Chair of the CES.

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