FASoS welcomes Prof. Mathieu Segers

Following the end of his mandate as dean of University College Maastricht, Prof. Mathieu Segers, chair in contemporary European history and European integration, will be joining the History Department of FASoS as from 1 October 2019. As a well-known scholar on the history and pre-history of European integration, his research perfectly fits into the work of the faculty’s research programme ‘Politics and Culture in Europe’.

Focusing on the historical roots of the present day EU, Segers is currently researching the ‘Maastricht order’ and the origins of the Maastricht Treaty, with a special focus on Economic and Monetary Union, the European social market economy, and the EU’s position in international politics.

Segers’ scholarly approach is multidisciplinary. He has published in peer reviewed journals in different disciplines, such as Journal of Common Market Studies, The International History Review, Journal of Cold War Studies, and Contemporary European History. Recently he published a co-edited interdisciplinary special issue of JCMS (2019/1) on the topic of ‘social market Europe’. Segers is the author of several monographs, amongst which the prize winning book Reis naar het continent (2013), which will appear in English translation under the title The Netherlands and European integration,1950 to present later this year with AUP. Moreover, Segers is general editor of the Cambridge History of the European Union, a major new reference work (planned to be published in 2022). He was a senior research fellow at CES Harvard (2010/11) and the department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford. He is co-leader of the interdisciplinary research project Blueprints of Hope, on the pre-history and early years of European integration and trans-Atlantic cooperation, funded by a free competition grant (2016-21) from NWO.

Next to his chair in contemporary European history, Segers holds the UM EuropaChair. In this capacity he chairs the Academic Board of the ‘Maastricht, Working on Europe’ project (MWoE) and is responsible for the academic profile of this project. He will continue to work for this knowledge and debate centre on Europe and European integration, initiated by the City of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University for two days a week.

In different capacities Segers advises the Dutch government. He is the chair of the Archival Committee of the ministry of Foreign Relations, he is a member of the Committee on European Integration of the Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV), and co-authored the advise Variation in the EU (2018/19) for the Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (WRR). Segers is columnist for De Groene Amsterdammer and Het Financieele Dagblad, and together with Anke Truijen he makes the podcast Café Europa (on current European affairs). He appears regularly as an expert commentator on Dutch television and radio, but also provides expert-input in international media such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, EastWest Magazine, The Economist and The Financial Times.

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