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Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies

Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies

Engage with faculty experts and policymakers to tackle fundamental problems facing the transatlantic and trans-European world

Natalie Seppi, a 2019 Virginia Tech graduate in national security and foreign affairs, participated in the Diplomacy Lab in the spring of 201, presenting her team’s research on the recruitment and operationalization of women by Boko Haram and the Islamic State to the U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
European Union Flag with text to the right of it reading "With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union"

Center for European Union, Transatlantic,

and Trans-European Space Studies 

A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence


As a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, CEUTTSS promotes excellence in research as well as in teaching and learning in the inter/multi/trans-disciplinary field of European Studies, the more focused study of the European Union, and Transatlantic Studies. We aim to bring together intra-university experts to create links among the various disciplines and resources in European and Transatlantic Studies at Virginia Tech, while cultivating connections with academic institutions both in Europe and the United States.

CEUTTSS also pursues outreach and engagement activities aiming to foster a dialogue between the academic world and policymakers, in particular with the goal of enhancing the EU’s relations with the United States. In addition, CEUTTSS seeks to play a key role in reaching out to students and educators associated with secondary education, students of continuing and professional education, lifelong learning, the institutions of civil society, and the general public at large.

Special Statement on Ukraine:

The Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) condemns Russia’s decision to militarily invade Ukraine, as well as Russia’s illegal and unilateral declaration of independence of the separatist territories of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine, which all constitute clear violations of fundamental principles of international law, the UN Charter, of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and of the Minsk agreement. CEUTTSS calls all members of the international community to respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of all states and condemns any decision that runs counter to these fundamental principles of international law.

Our Research

We bring together distinguished faculty from across the University to explore issues of contemporary, transatlantic relevance such as critical infrastructure, defense and security, equality and diversity in contemporary societies, technology, health, and the environment, and women in leadership. See more on our Research page.


Ralph Buehler, SPIA, examines how biking can fit into transportation systems in Europe and North America.
Sonja Schmid, STS, examines how the technical choices, social hierarchies, economic structures, and political dynamics shaped the Soviet nuclear industry leading up to Chernobyl.
Danna Agmon, History, won the 2020 Sturm Award for her book, which is a "gripping microhistory of...the 'Nayiniyappa Affair' in the French colony of Pondicherry, India."

Opportunities for Students