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  Vicki L. Birchfield
Associate Professor
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Co-director, Center for European and Transatlantic Studies
Director, Study Abroad Program on The European Union and Transatlantic Relations

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Political Science
Joined faculty in 2000

Research areas/interests
Comparative politics, International Political Economy, European integration, EU-US relations, social movements and the politics of globalization, European Union, transatlantic relations, and income inequality

Hesburgh Award, 2013 Teaching Fellow
“Chevalier dans Ordre national du Mérite” (Knight in the National Order of Merit) bestowed by the French government, 2011
Appointed Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, European Research Network
Finalist, Governor's International Award 2011
2009 Nomination for the Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies
INTAGO Faculty of the Year Award (Spring 2008)
Visiting Scholar, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, France (2007)

Outstanding Presentation Award, CIBER national conference, April 2006 (with Dr.Nora Cottille-Foley)
Roe Stamps Teaching Excellence Award in 2003.

$3000, Georgia Tech Foundation
$2500, Ivan Allen College Research Grant
$475,000 European Commission, awarded to fund and direct The European Union Center of Excellence, 2008-2011 (Fall 2008)
$2,500, ISERF Ivan Allen College (Spring 2008)
Frances Ford Wilson (2000)
Georgia Tech Foundation (2002, 2004, 2007)
European Union Center (2001)
Department of Education (2003)
PURA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
ISERF (2007)

Current and recent projects  
Dr. Birchfield's current book project explores the evolution of the European Union and its relationship with the United States and is titled "In Search of a Transatlantic Agora: The Values Debate in EU-US Relations and the Quest for Global Leadership." She is also working on a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project comparing the role of the media in shaping immigration debates in Europe and the United States.

Research collaborators  
Dr. Michelle Dion, McMaster University
Dr. Annette Freyberg-Inan, The University of Amsterdam
Dr. John S. Duffield, Georgia State University
Dr. Giovanna Dell'Orto,The University of Minnesota
Halley Espey, Fulbright Fellow to Germany, former PURA student
Timothy Gallagher, Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering, former PURA
Dr. Jarrod Hayes, Georgia Institute of Technology

Recent and selected publications  
Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the US and EU, co-edited with Giovanna Dell’Orto. Routledge ( September 2013)

"La contestation de l’hégémonie de l’idéologie du marché : le « bon sens » de Gramsci et le « double mouvement » de Polanyi in Isabelle Hillenkamp and Jean-Louis Laville, eds., Socioéconomie et démocratie. L’actualité de Karl Polanyi, Erès (2013)

“Income Inequality in Advanced Democracies” Oxford Bibliographies (Forthcoming 2013)

“A Normative Power Europe Framework of Transnational Policy Formation” Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 20 (6), 907-922, 2013

Toward a Common EU Energy Policy: Problems, Progress, and Prospects (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) co-edited with John S. Duffield http://us.macmillan.com/towardacommoneuropeanunionenergypolicy

Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies: The Interplay of Values and Institutions published by The Pennsylvania State University Press (2008) http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-03440-9.html

The Role of EU Institutions in Energy Policy Formation” in Toward A Common European Union Energy Policy: Problems, Progress, and Prospects. Co-edited by Vicki L.Birchfield John S. Duffield. Palgrave Macmillan, (July 2011)

"The EU's Development Policy: Empirical Evidence of Normative Power Europe?" in Normative Power Europe: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives, by Richard G. Whitman (ed.) (2010) Palgrave Macmillan

Economic development, income inequality and preferences for redistribution Co-authored with Dr. Michelle Dion, International Studies Quarterly (2010)

“Dueling Imperialism? A Comparative Analysis of European and American Approaches to Trade and Development” published in NORTH AND SOUTH IN THE WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY, Rafael Reuveny and William R. Thompson, (eds.) Blackwell, 2009

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Professional associations
International Studies Association
American Political Science Association
European Union Studies Association
Council for European Studies
Society for Women in International Political Economy