Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

About the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

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In 2015, the European Union has named the University of Illinois’ European Union Center a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. With this designation came a 100,000 euro (approximately $112,000) award which will fund a new tripartite multidisciplinary project hosted by the European Union Center entitled, “Strengthening Transatlantic Trust


In a global competition, the EU Center at UI was one of only seven US universities to gain the prestigious designation of “Jean Monnet Center of Excellence” by the European Commission.


The Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence programme is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme and aims to stimulate teaching, research and reflection on European integration in higher education institutions worldwide.

“Strengthening Transatlantic Trust” is an exciting interdisciplinary project that will fund research and outreach events in three work projects. The first project, “Transatlantic Trust in Agriculture and Food Trade” leverages the UI’s extensive agricultural expertise to explore food standards in both the EU and the US, particularly with a focus on trade treaties like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The second project, “Transatlantic Trust in Economic Practices and Capital Flows” examines the increased financial interconnectivity of the world, with a special emphasis on the consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis on the transatlantic relationship. The final project, “Transatlantic Trust in Migration and Movement of People” tackles a contemporary policy challenge and focuses on what the EU and US can learn from each-other’s political responses. The project is expected to reach broader audience, with each work project holding high profile academic conferences meant to showcase EUC-funded research and gather subject field experts. These conferences will be recorded and published online, allowing their content to be accessible to lifelong learners and secondary school teachers globally.


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The project will be coordinated by Anna Westerståhl Stenport (Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies) and will be carried out by a diverse team of faculty members from departments throughout campus. Our agriculture and food oriented projects will be enriched by faculty from the Departments of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Law, Sociology, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences including Drs. David Bullock, Bryan Endres, Jody Endres, and Zsusa Gille. Our economics and finance oriented projects will be informed by expertise from faculty in the departments of Political Science and Economics, including Drs. William Bernhard, Konstantinos Kourtikakis, David Cleeton. And our migration and culture oriented projects will be strengthened by the talents of faculty in the Political Science, Linguistics, and Scandinavian Studies departments. Professors Carol Leff, Anna Stenport, Zsuzsanna Fagyal, and Joyce Mushaben will lend their expertise towards this research.


Affiliated Faculty

LastFirstSchoolDepartmentProfile LinkEmail
AhnEliseKazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic ResearchElise S. Ahn
Van Der BeekGregorRhine-Waal University of Applied SciencesInstitute of EconomicsGregor van der
BukowskiBukowskiBradley UniversityInternational StudiesJeanie
CleetonDavidIllinois State UniversityEconomicsDavid
IrelandPatrickIllinois Institute of TechnologyPolitical SciencePatrick
SteffensonRebeccaIllinois Institute of TechnologySocial SciencesRebecca


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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