CIDEU Jean Monnet Chair

Jean Monnet Chair in Civil Society, Inclusion, and Diversity in the European Union

Welcome to the Jean Monnet Chair in Civil Society, Inclusion, and Diversity in the European Union (CIDEU) resource page!

Jean Monnet Chair Sabine Lang

Photo credit: Alessandra Brescia 2019

Director of the Center for West European Studies and Jackson School Professor Sabine Lang has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies by the European Union Commission in Brussels. Lang will specifically hold the Chair in Civil Society, Inclusion, and Diversity in the EU, or CIDEU, until 2024. The role is based in the Jackson School’s Jean Monnet Center which is housed in the Center for West European Studies.

Sabine Lang is Professor of International and European Studies at JSIS and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She works in comparative politics with a focus on civil society, the public sphere, the nongovernmental sector, and gender politics. Her current research focuses on transnational advocacy and multilevel governance in the European Union.

Read a recent co-authored opinion piece by Professor Lang in The Washington Post titled, “‘The most powerful woman in the world’ is stepping down. What is Merkel’s legacy on gender equality?

About the Jean Monnet Chair

Jean Monnet Chairs are three-year teaching and research posts with a specialization in European Union studies for university professors. Following a global competitive selection process, the European Commission awards the Chair to qualified professors who focus their teaching and research on topics relevant to European integration. Jean Monnet Chairs are named after Jean Monnet, who was one of the main architects of European integration.

The Jean Monnet Chair in CIDEU will promote research and teaching on European integration with a focus on civil society’s role in advancing civic and political inclusion of women and marginalized communities, and combating challenges to social cohesion and inclusive participation. Gender equality and diversity have become core norms in the EU.

Next to political institutions, European civil society has a key role in promoting strategies to advance women, mainstream gender, and include diverse constituencies across policy areas. Civil society is also the main arena for contestations of these norms and strategies, for example, by rightwing populist movements and parties.

CIDEU will generate knowledge on the interaction of EU-level and member state institutions and civil society networks in advancing gender and diversity initiatives. Research will include a focus on how the Conference on the Future of Europe (May 2021 to April 2022) is used by civil society actors to promote inclusion and diversity.

Read the Jackson School’s announcement of the Jean Monnet Chair award: here.


Click on the features below for information about governmental institutions and nongovernmental organizations in the EU that address issues of civil society, inclusion, and diversity. These resources are intended to provide you with virtual ‘go-to’ places for your research or interests.

These resources will help you add EU-level and national perspectives on how social inclusion is being discussed and practiced across Europe and how challenges are debated and addressed. This includes government and NGO reports and studies on social and political equality and diversity to utilize when researching the current state of European democracy.

These resources are a work in progress. Please visit frequently to find added resources and and updates. If you have suggested resources for us, please email