Michelle Egan is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam in the School of International Service, American University. She is the author of the recently published book Single Markets : Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford, 2015) see and

She is past Chair of EUSA, the European Union Studies Association, the largest professional association focusing on European integration and has received a number of fellowships from Bosch Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Howard Foundation, and European University Institute for her research activities. She is a member of Transworld, a multi- institution project on Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance. Her work focuses on comparative regionalism, trade politics, and global governance.

Project Summary

With the negotiations underway for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the US and EU have embarked on a major trade initiative that has significant implications for global governance. How can the US and EU foster and enforce a credible trade agreement? The dynamics of market competition has pushed the US and Europe to promote their own rules and norms, sometimes successfully, in international institutions. But when these regulatory rules and standards differ, the US and EU have often found that this hampers their trade and investment flows in goods and services. While transatlantic differences in rules and requirements can segment markets, stifle innovation, and increase costs, both sides have separately pushed for stronger market-opening commitments from third countries as bilateral and regional trade agreements have become their preferred trade strategy. What adjustment costs are they willing to make when negotiating together? Whose standards will prevail? More broadly, how are markets integrated?

Major Publications

Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford University Press, 2015)

‘Compliance in the Single Market’ with Helena Guimaries Business and Politics, April 2013 Volume 14, Issue 4: 1–28

Research Agendas in EU Studies: Stalking the elephant with Neill Nuen and William Patterson Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Previous Terms

Sept 2015 - July 31 2016 Fellow: "An Atlantic Pivot: From Competitive Liberalization to Coordinated Market Integration", "TTIP as Transatlantic Pivot: Strategic and Domestic Sources of Legitimacy, Credibility, and Compliance"