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.


Current Visitors


 Dr. Niko Switek is 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 a European Union Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies of University of Washington in Seattle. In his home organisation, the European Commission, Max is a civil servant and manager in the Directorate General CONNECT. As Head of Unit for “Digitising Industry” for the last 9 years, he had a leading role in developing and coordinating the European Strategy for Digitising Industry. Further, Max was involved in developing the European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the preparation of the new research and innovation programmes 2021 – 27 (Horizon Europe and Digital Europe). Particular areas of his activity include Industrie 4.0, smart autonomous systems, cloud and edge computing, industrial Public Private Partnerships, investment and innovation programmes for Small and Medium Size Enterprises, digital industrial value chains and sovereignty, and the platform economy. Max has a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics from University of Düsseldorf in Germany. Upon his return in summer 2020, he will take on a new assignment in DG CONNECT as Head of Unit for “Internet of Things”.

Max is well connected and aware of the European Union policies in general and in particular of the plans of the new Commission for Europe to get greener, digitised and more competitive. Max is happy to discuss these EU policies with interested parties.

As a visiting scholar at UW, Max is conducting a study on “The digital industrial ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest and its stimulation through industrial policies and innovation programmes”. His focus is on the transformation of industry across all sectors as caused by the revolution in digital technologies and their new opportunities for value creation. During his stay at UW, Max is keen to meet with representatives of successful companies form start-up to large and from traditional to digital, as well as faculty and managers of investment and innovation programmes and incubators.

In Spring term 2020, in collaboration with Professor Jane Winn of the UW Law School, Max will give a course at Jackson School of International Studies which will explore the geopolitics of innovation in US, Europe and China by comparing how industrial innovation ecosystems in each are responding to digital transformation. The focal point of the course will be the EU as an economic world region with strong and innovative manufacturing and automotive sectors that is being squeezed between the ambitions of America and China as global digital players.


Previous Visiting Faculty and Researchers

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.