Vanessa completed her BA with a double major in Modern European Studies and Creative Writing at UBC in 2008. She was a finalist in the Walrus’ annual fiction contest and her stage work has been produced both in and around Vancouver and Victoria. She works with One Cool Word, a local arts magazine and tutors English, History and French. Her academic and creative pursuits lead her to extended stays in both France and Russia. Currently she is a first year MA student at the Institute of European Studies and is interested in the study of (contested) histories and identities, migration, language, literature and common foreign and security policies.
Robertson earned his bachelor's (Political Science & German) and master's (Library & Information Sciences) degrees from the University of Alabama. Over the years he has studied at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Freie Universität - Berlin. While completing his previous degrees, Robertson held several library and research related positions as well as a political/economics internship at the United States embassy in Chișinău, Moldova. In addition to his activities at IES, he currently maintains and contributes to several blogs related to European current affairs and politics. His areas of interest include EU consumer protection and environmental policy.
Peter was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He completed his BA with a double major in History and Modern European Studies at UBC in 2007. Since graduation, he has traveled extensively, focusing particularly in Europe. Peter is a first year student in the MA program in European Studies program at UBC. His interests include the relationship between the Baltic States and Russia, as well as the various degrees of interaction between the EU and the Scandinavian nations.
Julian obtained his Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. He graduated from the International Studies and Modern Languages program, with distinction, in early 2008. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he lived and studied in Italy for a year, and spent many months traveling throughout Europe. He held several teaching and research positions in his final year, as an Italian T.A. to first year students, and as a research assistant in Anthropology/Sociology. He then participated in a research expedition to French Polynesia for a month in May 2007 with a small group from the University. Upon completion of his undergraduate courses, he worked for a multi-national corporation in Australia and traveled Oceania for 5 months. Julian speaks fluent Italian and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. He is a first year student at the IES and his research interests include EU Environmental policies, citizenship and identity issues, EU-Canada relations and global currency debates.
Originally coming from Romania, Dumitru witnessed and participated in the 1989 last revolution in the Eastern Europe, an a event of major historical significance for Europe and for his personal life. After the last communist regime collapsed he decided to get involved in his country's transition to democracy. He was one of the leaders of the Student's League during some of its most glorious years as a vital factor for change in Romanian society. After the first election victory of the democratic forces in 1996, Dumitru started to work as a parliamentary advisor for an MP and eventually became the chief advisor for a Vice-President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. After getting a scholarship in government at Georgetown University, he obtained an MA in political science at George Mason University. His current interest in European Studies at UBC is closely related to the last wave of EU enlargement, problems of justice, governmental corruption and unaccountability especially in the Balkan region.
After moving to Vancouver from Dallas, Texas where David was studying Economics, he completed his BA at the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2008 with a major in International Relations and a minor in German. David’s research areas of interest at IES include international political economy, transatlantic relations and EU external relations.
Andrew was born in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies and raised in the expanses of Montana. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree (2001) in French Literature and Economics at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He then taught, studied and worked in France for three years. While in France, he obtained a French Maîtrise in International Economics with a focus on European Integration at the Université Lumière Lyon II and served for six months with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Consulate. Back in the U.S., he worked for one year in corporate sales before moving to Seoul, South Korea to teach English and explore East Asia and Siberia. He has also worked two summers in Yellowstone National Park and, while at IES, hopes to examine the role of the EU in international climate change policy. Andrew is bilingual in English and French and speaks Spanish and Mandarin.
Emina Dervisevic completed her Master of Arts Degree with the Institute of European Studies in 2006. Her research interests during her studies ranged from issues related to Turkey’s potential accession to the European Union and security in the Western Balkans to Anthropology of Islam. Emina came to the IES with a background in linguistics and literature and she greatly appreciated the inter-disciplinary nature of the Master’s program, which offered her an opportunity to explore a wide variety of new disciplines (such as anthropology, geography and economics). In addition to that, the Institute provided the students with an opportunity to meet and learn from some leading experts in various fields of study. During her years at the Institute, she was fortunate to receive the scholarship for the summer internship at TASA (Trans-Atlantic Summer Academy) in Germany, participate in the Student Policy Research Program at the Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and volunteer at the Liu Institute’s Human Security Centre. Upon graduation, Emina was offered a permanent position with the Human Security Centre as the Outreach Coordinator. In May 2007, the Human Security Centre became the Human Security Report Project (HSRP) and moved to the Simon Fraser University. Two years after her graduation, Emina is still living in Vancouver and working at the HSRP, now as the Program Coordinator - taking care of the HR issues and drafting proposals and reports for the HSRP’s funders.
Zsuzsanna completed her MA in European Studies in May 2008. Prior to that she finished a J.D. – Law and International Law (equivalent to LL.B.) at the Faculty of Law, Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. She interned at the International Law Department of Hungarian Ministry of Defence in the spring term of 2005, and since living in Vancouver has worked as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ljiljana Biukovic, and as a researcher at the Human Security Report Project at the School for International Studies, SFU.
Her main fields of interest are the relationship between the EU law and the Member States’ domestic legal systems, global and regional security issues, human security and human rights. Zsuzsanna’s mother tongue is Hungarian and she also speaks German, Romanian and basic French.
Sara completed her BA with a double major in Sociology and Modern European Studies at UBC in 2006. She has a background in classical music and has worked for a variety of arts organizations over the past few years. In her last year of undergraduate study she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Wendy Roth in the Sociology Department, focusing on issues related to race and racial inequality. She is a second year MA student at the IES. During her first year, Sara worked as a research assistant at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Her primary research interests include race and ethnic relations, migration, nationalism, identity formation, and EU/ North American policy toward Africa.