I hold the Generali Endowed Chair in European Policies and am a Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University. At Bocconi, I also serve the Dean of International Affairs and co-chair the International Advisory Council (together with Vittorio Colao). I also hold an Honorary Professorship at Queen’s University Belfast.

In the past, I held professorships at the University of Oxford, VU University Amsterdam and visiting posts at UCLA. Next to my academic activities, I serve as a member of European Integration Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and on the boards of several European universities. In 2013, I was selected a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum for her service to society.

My research aims to understand the interplay between domestic and international politics, with a geographical focus on the European continent and the European Union. In my work, I study the key global challenges, such as opposition towards international cooperation, the rise of populism and the far right, political fragmentation, migration and corruption. Check out my Financial Times Master Class for more insight on my research about European politics:

My current research, funded through a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council, examines the political consequences of domestic and international shocks. Based on my research expertise, I regularly provide commentary on current affairs, in popular outlets such a the Financial Times, Politico or Foreign Affairs.

Throughout my career, I have published several books in addition to a large set of research articles. My first book Euroscepticism and the Future of European integration (Oxford University Press) received the European Union Studies Association Best Book in EU Studies Award, and was listed in the Financial Times top-5 books to read about Europe’s future. My second book Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, co-authored with Sara Hobolt, was published with Princeton University Press in 2020. It was featured in the Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog and Politico. My third book Foundations of European Politics: A Comparative Approach (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Sara Hobolt, Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan Slapin, is an unique textbook presenting students with a coherent analytic approach that can be used to understand both national and EU-level policy-making in Europe. My fourth book, Money Flows: The Political Consequences of Migrant Remittances (Oxford University Press, 2024), with David Doyle, Katerina Tertytchnaya and Hector Solaz highlights the unintended, and even unexpected political consequences of remittance flows in Central Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.


Professor Catherine E. De Vries (she/her)

Department of Social and Political Sciences
Bocconi University
Via Roentgen 1
20136 Milan
Email: catherine.devries[at]unibocconi.it