Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, 2018-2021

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois has been awarded its second Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant under the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission, for the years 2018-2021. The project supported by this grant, Re-imagining Identities and Institutions for a Stronger Europe (RIISE), places into conversation two complementary interdisciplinary research and teaching programs to advance transatlantic dialogue on current manifestations of populism, a significant threat to goals of European unity. RIISE conceptualizes populism as a product arising from tensions between the dynamic evolution of institutions and identities. More information about the project is summarized in the press release announcing the new grant.

Visit the 2015-2018 grant page to learn about the EUC’s work with this program in the past. Please direct any questions about this project to Associate Director Jonathan Larson at

Additional information on the activities associated with the 2018-2021 grant will be provided on this page as updates become available. Watch this page for updates, or read the press release announcing the new grant.


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