In her political biography of Jean Monnet, Sherrill Wells explains how this visionary and entrepreneurial internationalist who never held an elective office, never joined a political party, and never developed any significant popular following in his native France, became one of the most influential European statesmen in the 20th century. In this seminar talk she will cast further light on how Monnet worked with European and American leaders after World War II in establishing peace in war-ravaged Europe through economic integration.

Sherrill Brown Wells, who earned her B.A. from Vassar and her M.Sc. degree and Ph.D from the London School of Economics, has been a Professorial Lecturer in History and International Affairs at George Washington University since 1992. She has taught history at Rutgers and North Carolina State University, has been a senior historian at the Department of State, a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, and has authored Pioneers of European Integration and Peace, 1945-1963 (2007) and Jean Monnet: Unconventional  Statesman (2011).


Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166


  • Sherrill Brown Wells

    Professorial Lecturer, The George Washington University
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project