Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ophelia Eglène holds a License and a Maîtrise en Langues Etrangères Appliquées from the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon; a D.E.A. in Relations Internationales et Intégration Européenne from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes at the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg; and a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Her teaching interests include French politics, French history (twentieth-century), Franco-American relations, and France and European integration. Her research is on European integration, intergovernmental cooperation, and transatlantic relations.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 0350 / PSCI 0350 - Franco-American Relations
In this course we will examine the complexity of Franco-American relations by focusing on recent as well as past issues of contention between the two partners. We will examine the impact of history, political culture, and national interest in defining clashing world visions. We will also reflect on the future of Franco-American relations based on the role of France in an enlarged and more closely integrated European Union. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
FREN 0351 / PSCI 0351 - Presidents of Fifth Republic ▹
Presidents of the Fifth Republic
In this course we will examine presidential power in France's Fifth Republic, introduced in 1958. We will study the six presidents of the Fifth Republic - Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, and the current president Nicolas Sarkozy - through memoirs, speeches, research monographs, journal articles, and biographies. We will focus on the content of their domestic and foreign policies as well as their leadership strategies and visions for France in a comparative perspective. (This course will be taught in French; FREN 0230 or by waiver). 3 hrs. lect./disc. and film screenings.
Spring 2010, Spring 2014
FREN 0353 / PSCI 0353 - French Foreign Policy
French Foreign Policy
In this course we will focus on the foreign policy of Fifth Republic France (1958-Present). In the first part, we will study the role of Charles de Gaulle in defining the place of France in the world after the liberation and in establishing the major tenets of French foreign policy. In the second part, we will examine the evolution of French foreign policy by focusing on three main themes: (1) the relationship of France with its former colonies; (2) transatlantic relations; and (3) European integration. (FREN 0230 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
FREN 0450 - Franco-American Relations
Senior Seminar: Franco-American Relations
In this course we will examine the complexity of Franco-American relations by focusing on recent, as well as past, issues of contention between the two partners. We will examine the impact of history, political culture, and national interest in defining clashing world visions. We will also reflect on the future of Franco-American relations based on the role of France in an enlarged and more closely integrated European Union. This seminar will include an important research component. (Senior French majors only; others by waiver). 3 hrs. lect./disc.
FYSE 1348 - The EU, A Global Actor
The EU: A Global Actor
With 27 members and 498 million citizens, the European Union (EU) has become a global actor that is hard to ignore. In this course, we will focus on the historical development of this unique economic and political entity and on its increasing importance in the world. We will reflect on both the opportunities and the limitations of the EU to solve global issues. We will study the inner workings of the EU as well as its role in several policy areas such as trade, development, security, and environmental policy. We will also address the EU’s impact on neighboring countries and the bilateral relations of the EU with key players in the world, notably the United States, Russia, and China. 3 hrs sem.
INTL 0505 - EUS Independent Research
European Studies Independent Project
INTL 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis
European Studies Senior Thesis
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012
IPEC 0500 - Independent Project ▲ ▹
Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014
IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis ▲ ▹
Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014
PSCI 0109 - International Politics
What causes conflict or cooperation among states? What can states and other international entities do to preserve global peace? These are among the issues addressed by the study of international politics. This course examines the forces that shape relations among states, and between states and international regimes. Key concepts include: the international system, power and the balance of power, international institutions, foreign policy, diplomacy, deterrence, war, and global economic issues. Both the fall and spring sections of this course emphasize rigorous analysis and set theoretical concepts against historical and contemporary case studies. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
PSCI 0229 - US and the New Europe
The United States and the New Europe
This course explores the economic and political relationship between the United States and Europe, beginning with the first attempts at European integration after world War II and including the current controversies over the war in Iraq. We will study the history and evolution of this relationship while also addressing intergovernmental dynamics within the European Union. We will analyze recent developments in the EU such as the enlargement from 15 to 27 member states, the drafting of a constitution, and policy differences over Iraq, and examine their implications for European integration and for U.S.-European relations. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
PSCI 0304 - Internatl Political Economy ▹
International Political Economy
This course examines the politics of global economic relations, focusing principally on the advanced industrial states. How do governments and firms deal with the forces of globalization and interdependence? And what are the causes and consequences of their actions for the international system in turn? The course exposes students to both classic and contemporary thinking on free trade and protectionism, exchange rates and monetary systems, foreign direct investment and capital movements, regional integration, and the role of international institutions like the WTO. Readings will be drawn mainly from political science, as well as law and economics. (PSCI 0109) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
(International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
PSCI 0500 - Independent Project ▲ ▹
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)
Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis ▲ ▹
Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Evaluating the Euro: Past Problems and Future Concerns." Harvard International Review, Vol. 30, Issue 4, Winter 2008, pp. 82-83.
"British Business and the Euro." ACES 2008 Working Paper Series: Cases on European Economic Issues. Washington, D.C.: American Consortium on European Union Studies.
"New Models of Collaboration for Delivering Government Services: A Dynamic Model Drawn from Multi-National Research" in Bhattacharya, Moonmoon (ed.), E-Collaboration, Andhra Pradesh, India: ICFAI University Press (co-authored with Dawes, Sharon
"Leadership and Authority Patterns in Public Sector Knowledge Networks." The American Review of Public Administration, Vol. 37, No 1, March 2007, pp. 91-113. (co-authored with Dawes, Sharon and Schneider Carrie)
"Challenges and Strategies for Conducting International Public Management Research." Administration & Society, Vol. 38, No 5, November 2006, pp. 596-622 (co-authored with Dawes, Sharon).