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Michael J. Geary

Global Fellow


September 1, 2013 — December 31, 2020

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Modern Europe and the European Union, Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Full Biography

Dr. Michael J. Geary is a Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program and an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. A native of Ireland, he has held distinguished residential fellowships at the Wilson Center, the College of Europe, and the University of Basel. Geary has also held a visiting Fulbright-Schuman professorship at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He is the author of two books and numerous articles on the European Union, EU integration, and Europe-U.S. relations. He has lectured widely in Europe, North America, and South-East Asia on contemporary European issues. A first-class graduate of the National University of Ireland, he holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. After his doctorate, Geary was an intern at the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels.

His research interests include the European Union, BREXIT, transatlantic relations, British-Irish relations and comparative European politics and government. His op-eds have appeared in The National Interest, Euractiv, The Hill’s Congress Blog,  and the EUObserver, and he is frequently quoted in TheGuardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC News, CNN, and Reuters.

Major Publications

Geary, Michael J. and K. A. Lees, ‘Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce’, The National Interest, 23 June 2016.

Geary, Michael J., Enlarging the European Union: The Commission Seeking Influence, 1961-1973 (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Geary, Michael J., An Inconvenient Wait: Ireland’s Quest for Membership of the EEC, 1957-73 (Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2009).

Geary, Michael J., ‘Irish Foreign Policy and European Political Cooperation from membership to Maastricht: Navigating Neutrality’ in Haakon Ikonomou (ed.), European enlargement across rounds and beyond borders (London: Routledge, 2017), chapter 5.

Geary, Michael J., ‘The process of European integration from The Hague to Maastricht: An irreversible advance?’ in Journal Debater a Europa, 6 (2012), pp. 6-23.

Geary, Michael J. and Kevin Lees, ‘The growing EU-UK gulf’, The National Interest, 28 January 2013.

Previous Terms

Fellow “Integration or Disintegration? Why the European Union Needs a Post-Enlargement Policy” Jan 7, 2013 - Sep 21, 2013