About the Director

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Oliver Schmidtke joined CFGS in August 2012 as interim director and then as director in July 2013.

He is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Victoria where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European History and Politics. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He taught at the Humboldt University Berlin before joining UVic in 2000 and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Bonn University, the European University Institute, and Hamburg University.

As a ‘UVic European Studies Scholar’ he has been instrumental in building the European Studies Program as its former director (2005-2008) and taken a leading role in promoting European Studies in Canada. From 2004 to 2006 Oliver Schmidtke was the President of the European Community Studies Association Canada and since 2008 he has been the leader of the migration research group for the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue project. From 2007 to 2012 he was also the domain leader for Metropolis BC (‘Citizenship and Social, Cultural and Civic Integration’). During the academic year 2016-17 Oliver Schmidtke served as the Associate Vice President of the University of Victoria. In 2016 he also received the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Excellence Award.

Oliver Schmidtke’s research interests are in the fields of comparative European politics and contemporary history, European integration, the political sociology of migration, integration and ethnic conflict, and the role of identities and collective memory in modern societies. Currently he holds various research grants from the European Union’s Jean Monnet action and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada investigating the governance of migration and borders from a comparative transatlantic perspective.

Complementing his research expertise Oliver Schmidtke is a scholar committed to public outreach and knowledge mobilization. He directs the Europe Canada Network EUCanet project (www.eucanet.org) and appears regularly on national and international media.

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Dr. Oliver Schmidtke: Collective Identity and European Canadian Approaches to Governing the Political Community