Emmanuel Comte

Visiting Lecturer
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
3217 Dwinelle
(510) 642-2457
Ph.D., History of Europe and of International Relations, Université Paris-Sorbonne, May 2014
M.A., History and International Relations, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, July 2009
Aggregation, History, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, July 2007
Research Interests: 
Emmanuel Comte's book The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony will be published later this year (Routledge Studies in Modern European History). This book explains why the international migration regime in Europe has taken after the Second World War a course different from both the global migration regime and the migration regimes in other regions of the world. The free movement of people within the European Union, European citizenship, the Schengen agreements in their internal and external dimensions are unique at the global level both for the openness they create within Europe and for the closure they produce toward migrants from outside Europe. This book explains how German geopolitical and geo-economic strategies during the Cold War shaped the openness of that original regime. This regime resulted from the necessity for Germany after the Second World War to create in Western Europe a stable international order, conducive to German reunification, the roll back of Russian influence from Central Europe, and German economic expansion. 

After completing my Ph.D., I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (Sept. 2014-Aug. 2016), affiliated with the Department of History and Civilization.

Representative Publications: 
The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony. London: Routledge, 2017 (Routledge Studies in Modern European History). Under contract, out in September.
Journal articles
  • “La rupture de 1955 dans la formation du régime européen de migrations.” Relations internationales 166 (July 2016).
  • “Migration and Regional Interdependence in the Mediterranean, from the Early 1980s to the Mid 1990s.” Journal of European Integration History 41 (June 2015): 109-23.
Book chapters
  • “The Narrowing-Down of the OEEC/OECD Migration Functions, 1947-1986,” with Simone Paoli. In: Warden of the West? The OECD and the International Political Economy Since 1948. Edited by Matthieu Leimgruber and Matthias Schmelzer. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (Transnational History Series).
  • “Les origines de la citoyenneté européenne, de 1974 à 1992.” In L’Europe des citoyens et la citoyenneté européenne. Évolutions, limites et perspectives, edited by Michel Catala, Stanislas Jeannesson, Anne-Sophie Lamblin-Gourdin, 69-87. Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.