Visiting Faculty and Scholars

The Center for West European Studies and the EU Center are pleased to feature a number of UW visiting scholars and faculty. These visitors enrich the European Studies program and the UW’s academic environment through their teaching, research, and outreach. The centers also regularly host European Union Fellows, EU officials based at the UW for up to one year. These EU Fellows teach UW undergraduate courses on EU themes, and give frequent outreach talks at other universities and community organizations throughout our region. The Centers can host a limited number of visiting scholars at any time. We only accept applications from scholars whose research overlaps with UW and Center resources, and who would be coming under the auspices of a major research grant program (e.g. Fulbright) which includes full funding. We regret that neither Center is able to fund post-doctoral or other research/teaching positions.

Previous Visiting Faculty and Researchers

Dr. Niko Switek was DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research interests focus on political parties and party systems as well as on coalition politics. He wrote extensively about the German green party ‘Bündnis 90/Die Grünen’ and the green party family in Western Europe. In addition he worked on parties on European level (‘Europarties’) and just recently compiled a volume on fictional TV series about politics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Duisburg Essen (Germany) in 2015.

Dr. Max Lemke is the Head of Internet of Things (IoT) unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. He is responsible for Horizon 2020 programmes on the digital transformation of key industrial sectors, including in particular in agri-food, smart energy and mobility. In the new Horizon Europe and DIGITAL programmes, he coordinates the developments on the next generation IoT as well as on data spaces and digital industrial platforms for the above sectors.

In his previous roles at the Commission, Max Lemke had a leading role in developing and coordinating the Digitising European Industry strategy, and was involved in the development of the European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. He was responsible for embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing (Industry 4.0). He was co-responsible for the joint technology initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the public-private partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context, he has gradually built the I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) initiative.

Max has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, high-performance computing, and software engineering. He holds diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as a Doctorate in Natural Sciences. In 2020, he conducted a study on “The digital industrial ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest” and taught a course on “Geopolitics of innovation: The US, the EU and China” as a European Union Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jürgen Salay is an expert on European climate policy with close to 20 years of professional experience in preparing, negotiating and implementing climate legislation on national and European Union (EU) level.  He has worked extensively in the field of international and EU climate policy, including on EU policies and measures, the European Emissions Trading Scheme and climate co-operation with Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1999 to 2009, Salay represented the EU in international climate negotiations.

Dr. Frank Wendler was the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the UW Department of Political Science and the Jackson School of International Studies. His primary research interest is the study of European integration, with a particular focus on the evolution of parliamentary democracy, party politics, and public debate in the context of governance in the European Union. In his current research he compares parliamentary debates on European integration in Austria, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Wendler published a monograph on the evolution of participatory modes of governance in the field of EU Social Policy entitled “Soziales Europa und demokratische Legitimität” (2005, Nomos) and has edited the volume Food Safety Regulation in Europe (2007, Intersentia, with Ellen Vos). Further he has published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of European Integration, European Integration Online Papers and German Politics. At UW, Frank Wendler teaches courses on the European Union, the Europeanisation of political systems, and parliamentary politics in the EU.

Professor Stefano Sacchi joined the EU Center as a visiting scholar in June 2016. Professor Sacchi currently holds an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Milan in Italy, he is also affiliated with Collegio Carlo Alberto at the Univerity of Torino. Professor Sacchi is an expert in the areas of comparative political economy, European political development, European and comparative social policy, empirical democratic theory, methodology of the social sciences and hold a PhD in political science from the University of Pavia.

Ernesto Peñas Lado joined the EU Center as a visiting EU Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Mr. Peñas Lado has been Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries since 16 July 2010. From 2009 to 2010 he was Director for Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States.