Ophelia Eglène

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

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 Fall 2015: Mon & Wed 10:30-12:00 and by appointment
 Munroe Hall 316

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.




Course List: 

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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 seven presidents of the Fifth Republic - Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the current president François Hollande - 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. EUR LNG SOC

Spring 2014

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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. EUR LNG SOC

Spring 2012, Fall 2015

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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. CW EUR SOC

Fall 2011

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INTL 0505 - EUS Independent Research      

European Studies Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012

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INTL 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012

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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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PSCI 0226 - European Union      

The European Union
The European integration project was launched in the aftermath of World War II as a means of making war between European states impossible. By the 1970s, this romantic aspiration for an ever closer union of Europeans gave way to a project focused on enhancing the global competitiveness of Europe's economies. This course investigates the tension between these two visions of an integrated Europe by focusing on the historical evolution of the European Community and its institutions, practical and conceptual problems encountered in the integration process, current problems of economic and monetary union and the recent enlargement to Eastern Europe. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ EUR SOC

Fall 2015

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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)/ SOC

Spring 2014

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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Recent Publications

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).


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