Schimmelfennig’s research interests lie in European integration, in particular, integration theory, differentiated integration, EU enlargement and democratisation.
Berlin, 2 July 2020. German political scientist and 2020 Michael Endres Prize winner Frank Schimmelfennig will join the Hertie School at the start of the new Academic Year in September as a visiting professor. Schimmelfennig’s research interests lie in European integration, in particular, integration theory, differentiated integration, EU enlargement and democratisation.
The Michael Endres Prize is a research and teaching award, bestowed annually since 2017 on a distinguished scholar working on topics related to the Hertie School’s research and teaching agenda. Since 2020, the prize is awarded as a 10-month visiting professorship at the school’s Jacques Delors Centre, a research centre and think tank focused on European governance.
“We are happy to host one of the leading scholars on European integration at the Jacques Delors Centre,” says Markus Jachtenfuchs, Director of the Jacques Delors Centre and Professor of European and Global Governance at the Hertie School.
Schimmelfennig comes to the Hertie School from the Center for Comparative and International Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he is Professor and Chair of European Politics. He is also Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, and member of the Board of the Trans-European Policy Studies TEPSA, Brussels. His most recent books are “Ever Looser Union? Differentiated European Integration” (with Thomas Winzen) and “The Rise of International Parliaments. Strategic Legitimation in International Organizations” (with Thomas Winzen, Tobias Lenz et al.), both published by Oxford University Press, 2020.
The Michael Endres Prize is named for the long-time Chairman and current honorary Chairman of the Hertie Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Michael Endres, who was instrumental in founding the school in 2003 and who has helped guide its successful development since. The selection committee is chaired by former German President Horst Köhler. Former winners of the Michael Endres Prize include Adrienne Héritier, Kathleen Thelen (both 2019), Anne-Marie Slaughter (2018) and Theodor Baums (2017).
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