PTESC is an initiative of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.  We convene faculty and students with a common interest in the study of Europe across the Delaware Valley. PTESC organizes seminars, work-in-progress presentations, and special events on topics of interest to Europeanists. PTESC aims to foster learning and dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, though primary emphasis is on the study of contemporary politics, political economy, and history in Europe.

PTESC is YOU! If you are in the Delaware Valley or nearby and have an interest in the study of Europe, please send an email to ptesc@ssc.upenn.edu letting us know of your specific expertise/interests. All PTESC events are open to the public. To receive email announcements of upcoming events, contact us at:



PTESC Leadership:


Julia Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in government from Harvard University.  Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States.  At Penn, Lynch co-directs the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, and is a faculty affiliate with the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Lauder Institute and the Italian Studies Program.  Professor Lynch is also active in the profession more broadly, serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Lynch has received major grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She is also an editor of Socioeconomic Review, and on the editorial boards of Polity and Perspectives on Politics


Richard Deeg is Professor of Political Science and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. He received his BA degree from Macalester College and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, as well as the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin.  From 2010 to 2015 he served as chair of the Department of Political Science at Temple.  His responsibilities as Senior Associate Dean include faculty affairs, research promotion and strategic budget management. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including Fulbright and Jacob K. Javits Fellowships.  He is a co-winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award (2003) presented by the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha.  From 2011 to 2014 he served as Treasurer and executive officer of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics


Orfeo Fioretos is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University with a primary research and teaching focus in international relations and political economy. He received his BA from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Fioretos’ research examines the role of international organizations in national strategies of economic modernization and the historical origins of international market regulation. He is the author of Creative Reconstructions: Multilateralism and European Varieties of Capitalism After 1950 (Cornell University Press, 2011), which examines the impact of international cooperation on economic institutions and structural reform in Europe’s largest economies. His work is published or forthcoming in International Organization, Review of International Political Economy,Comparative Political StudiesJournal of European Public PolicyReview of International Studies, and numerous edited volumes. Fioretos is completing a book on the origins and evolution of global regulatory gaps, and editing a project on historical institutionalism in political science.


Mitchell Orenstein is a Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-director of PTESC. He is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform. His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. Orenstein’s first book, Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001), won the 1997 Gabriel A. Almond Award of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in comparative politics. He has also received the 2009 Charles Levine Prize of the International Political Association for the best book in comparative public policy and administration and the he 2004 World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity. His latest book is From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reforms in Postcommunist Countries (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press 2018).

Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University, where he also serves as Director of Temple’s new Global Studies Program and major. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995-2004) and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2000-2002) before coming to Temple. His research agenda focuses on the role of international institutions and international law in regional and global governance. His past research has examined the delegation of powers to the supranational organizations in the European Union, governance of the transatlantic relationship, the global regulation of genetically modified foods, and the “mainstreaming” of gender and environmental issues in international organizations. His current research includes a research project (with Jeffrey Dunoff) on international judicial practices, as well as a forthcoming symposium (in the International Journal of Constitutional Law) and a book project on the United States’ ambivalent support for international law.


Dawn Teele is the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-Director of PTESC. Her focus is on women and politics specifically related the causes and consequences of voting rights reform; candidate socialization, recruitment, and election; incumbency and gender; democratization and economic development; methodology and field experiments in Western Europe and the United States. Dr. Teele holds a B.A. in Economics from Reed College, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn she was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. She is the recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for the study of women in politics and was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her research has been funded by the World Bank, the Sloane Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Her previous publications include “Ordinary Democratization: the Electoral Strategy that Won British Women the Vote” in Politics & Society ( 2014) and “Are You My Mentor? A Field Experiment on Gender, Ethnicity, and Political Self Starters” (with Joshua Kalla and Frances Rosenbluth) in Journal of Politics (2018). Teele’s book, Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women’s Vote” is forthcoming with Princeton University Press




PTESC Sponsors:


The University of Pennsylvania
School of Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department




     Temple University
     College of Liberal Arts
     Political Science Department