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Kevin Orr
Senior Fellow / Professor of Leadership and Governance, University of St Andrews, UK
Kevin Orr is a Senior Fellow in the Institute for European Studies. He is Professor of Leadership and Governance at the University of St Andrews, UK. Orr is a Fulbright Scholar and was hosted by the IES and the Center for British Studies at UC Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar in 2017-2018. During that time he led collaborative projects on political leadership and governance, austerity and crisis, and on several public policy areas. Orr is a recipient of the Louis Brownlow Prize from the American Society for Public Administration for work on academic-practitioner collaborative research.

Senior Fellow
Dr. Spero Simeon Z. Paravantes is a Senior Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Institute of European Studies. He also holds posts as a Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg - Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economic History, at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. In 2017-18 he was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies.

Senior Fellow
Azita Raji is an American diplomat, banker, and philanthropist. She was nominated by President Obama in 2014 to serve as the United States ambassador to Sweden. She was the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and the first Iranian-born American to serve as a U.S. ambassador. In 2016, Ambassador Raji was nominated for State Department’s highest award for a non-career ambassador, the Sue M. Cobb Prize for Exemplary Diplomatic Service. She has published articles on diplomacy and foreign policy, including in Newsweek and Foreign Policy.

Andreas Raspotnik
Senior Fellow
Andreas Raspotnik is a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) and a Senior Fellow at The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies (Washington, DC). He received his jointly-awarded PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. His research interests include the European Union’s Arctic interests and policies, international law of the sea and general Arctic politics.

Senior Fellow
Dana T. Redford, PhD, Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, UC-Berkeley
Prof. Redford is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and public policy. He has worked as an expert for the US Department of Commerce, the European Commission, the OECD, the UN and various European and African governments.

Senior Fellow
Marianne Riddervold is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Inland School of Economics and Social Sciences at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, NUPI. She is also a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies. Riddervold holds a PhD in Political Science from ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, where she previously was employed as a postdoctoral fellow and a researcher.

Lecturer, Berkeley School of Law / Senior Fellow
Carla Shapreau is a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she teaches art and cultural property law.  She also is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of European Studies, where she is conducting cultural property research. In the Department of Music, she is Curator of the Ansley K. Salz Collection. While earning her Juris Doctor, Carla Shapreau was a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham, U.S. District Court, San Francisco, before becoming an intellectual property and art law practitioner.

Senior Fellow
Gilad Sharvit holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of theories of history, politics, and religion in modern German-Jewish thought and literature. Sharvit’s current book project, provisionally entitled “History and Repetition: Modern German Jewish Thought and the Negation of Time,” aims to uncover the fundamental importance of repetition, cyclicality, and return for theories of history and messianism in the works of Franz Rosenzweig, Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, and Franz Kafka.

Senior Fellow
Edith Sheffer is a historian of twentieth-century German Europe and a prize-winning author. Her current book, Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna was published in May 2018 with W. W. Norton.

Senior Fellow
Zachary Shore is Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He earned his doctorate in modern history at Oxford, performed postdoctoral research at Harvard, and held a fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.


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