Oliver Schmidtke is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Victoria where he also serves as the director of the Centre for Global Studies since 2012. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has been a JF Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin, a F. Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University. His research interests are in the fields of the European integration, migration, democracy, citizenship, and nationalism from a comparative transatlantic perspective. Oliver Schmidtke is a regular contributor to national and international media. He has published 15 authored & edited volumes and over 80 journal articles/ chapters.