Founded in 1948, the European Institute (EI) is Columbia’s interdisciplinary center for teaching and research on Europe. It takes a continent-wide perspective on the region and its relations with the world. The EI organizes events on and off campus, supports faculty and student research, and manages an MA program in European History, Politics, and Society.
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
The European Institute at Columbia University is joining forces with the European Legal Studies Center at Columbia Law School to launch a new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Columbia University.
This initiative receives funding from the European Union for the years 2018 to 2021. The Centre of Excellence conducts a range of activities including three research projects, a new full-semester course on EU diplomacy, and a series of events.
Pierre Vimont's course, “Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World”, was one of the “Top Five” at the School of International and Public Affairs during Fall 2019. Based on student teaching evaluations, Prof. Vimont's course and teaching ranked in the top five – out of nearly 200 courses taught in the fall semester last year.
"The Perfect Fascist" (Harvard University Press, 2020) tells the story of Attilio Teruzzi, an Italian army officer who became a commander of the Blackshirts and a colonial administrator under Mussolini. The book analyzes, through Teruzzi's career and personal history, the inner workings of Italian fascism. It also explores the issues of ultra-nationalism, strong men, and racial conflict, which remain sadly relevant in today's political discourse.