Visiting Faculty and Scholars


Cherry blossoms at the University of Washington

The Center for West European Studies and the EU Center are pleased to help host 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. The 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. Fullbright) which includes full funding. Neither Center is able to fund post-doctoral or other research/teaching positions.


Current Visitors

Dr. Nektaria Klapaki is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Hellenic Studies through the Onassis Foundation Professorship. Her BA was from the University of Crete, Department of Philology in Classics with distinction, and her MA & PhD (2006) degrees were from the University of London, King’s College, the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Thus her breadth of training and interests coincides with our Hellenic Studies Program in combining Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greece. During her academic study Dr. Klapaki regularly won scholarships and prizes. She has also made a large number of presentations, published in important journals, and currently is revising her doctoral research for publication as a book. She has offered courses, both small and as large as 150 students, at the University of Thessaly and the Hellenic Open University.

EU Fellow

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.


Previous Visiting Faculty and Researchers

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.