Alasdair Young

Alasdair Young

Associate Professor of International Affairs
Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS)

Specialization: European Union, international political economy, technology regulation, trade policy, transatlantic economic relations

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
781 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

Office: Ivan Allen College (Habersham) 212B

Office Hours: M 12pm-1pm or by appointment

Phone: 404-385-8570


DPhil, Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex
MIA, International Affairs, Columbia University
BA, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Research Focus

Alasdair Young is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is co-director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.  He is Chair of the European Union Studies Association (2015-17).  Before joining Georgia Tech he taught at the University of Glasgow for 10 years and held research posts at the European University Institute and the University of Sussex. His research focuses on the interaction between trade and regulatory policies and politics, particularly with respect to protecting public health and the environment.  His current research has three focal points: European Union trade policy and politics; EU compliance with international trade law; and the EU’s ability to influence global regulatory standards.   These research strands intertwine acutely in the context of transatlantic trade relations, particularly in the on-going negotiation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).   

Young has written three books, including Parochial Global Europe: 21st Century Trade Politics with John Peterson (Edinburgh), Oxford University Press, 2014.  He has edited seven others, including the seventh edition of Policy-Making in the European Union with Mark Pollack (Temple) and Helen Wallace (British Academy), Oxford University Press, 2015.  He has published more than a dozen articles -- including in Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Review of International Political Economy, and World Politics -- and written more than 30 book chapters.  He was editor of the British Political Studies Association journal POLITICS (2006-11) and the JCMS Annual Review of the European Union (2006-8).   He has performed consultancy work for the British government (Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Her Majesty’s Treasury) and the European Commission (Directorates General for External Relations, Internal Market, and Trade). 

Young is available to supervise PhD dissertations on European regulation of new technologies and on the role of science in the EU’s regulatory politics, as well as on the EU’s impact on regulations beyond its borders.





  • INTA4803-AY1/8803-AY1 - Global Politics of Technology Regulation
  • INTA4803-AY2/8803-AY2 - Transatlantic Relations


  • INTA 3301 - International Political Economy
  • INTA 4803/8803 - Transatlantic Economic Relations
  • INTA 3301 - International Political Economy


  • INTA 4740 - Senior Seminar: International Political Economy