Vicki Birchfield

Professor and Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • Center for European and Transatlantic Studies
  • Development Studies Program
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 to 11 and by appointment
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Vicki L. Birchfield is a Professor in The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and Director of the study abroad program on the European Union and Transatlantic Relations. Dr. Birchfield received a DES from the Graduate Institute of International Studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1993) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia (2000). She is the author of Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies: The Interplay of Values and Institutions(Penn State University Press 2008), Triangular Diplomacy among the United States, The European Union, and The Russian Federation: Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) co-edited with Alsadair Young,  Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates in the US and the EU co-edited with Giovanna Dell'Orto (Routledge 2014) and Toward a Common EU Energy Policy: Problems, Progress, and Prospects(Palgrave Macmillan 2011) co-edited with John S. Duffield.  She has published articles in International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, the Review of International Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Globalizations, and the Review of International Political Economy.  Her research and teaching specializations are European politics, the European Union, comparative politics, and international political economy.  Other research and intellectual interests include the interplay of capitalism and democracy, social movements and the politics of globalization, and transatlantic relations.  She has been a visiting scholar at Sciences Po, Paris and the University of Bordeaux and in 2012 was bestowed the honor of  “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Knight in the National Order of Merit) by the French government.

Areas of
  • European Integration
  • European Politics
  • Transatlantic Relations


Research Fields:
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Communication
  • Comparative Politics: Regional Studies
  • Cultural and Ethical Awareness
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • Global Energy Security
  • Globalization: Political Economy and Governance
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Regulations and Standards
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Environment
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Citizenship Studies
  • European Union Studies
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Political Economy
  • Politics


  • INTA-1200: American Government
  • INTA-2030: Ethics in Int'l Affairs
  • INTA-2220: Govt& Pol-Western Europe
  • INTA-2221: Politics of the EU
  • INTA-2698: Research Assistantship
  • INTA-3050: Global Citizenship
  • INTA-3223: Transatlantic Relations
  • INTA-3321: Pol Econ-Europe Integrat
  • INTA-4121: Sem Europe-Euro Security
  • INTA-4230: Sem in Europe-Euro Union
  • INTA-4500: INTA Pro-Seminar
  • INTA-6121: Sem in Europe: Euro Sec
  • INTA-6202: Comparative Politics
  • INTA-6302: Intl Political Economy
  • INTA-6320: Sem in Europe-Euro Union
  • INTA-8813: Special Topics
  • INTA-8833: Special Topics

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