Vicki L. Birchfield is an Associate Professor in The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and Director of the study abroad program on the European Union and Transatlantic Relations. She served as Director of the European Union Center of Excellence from 2008 to 2011 and currently co-directs the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies. Dr. Birchfield received a DES from the Graduate Institute of International Studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She is the author of Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies: The Interplay of Values and Institutions(Penn State University Press 2008) 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, theEuropean Journal of Political Research, the Review of International Studies,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 is presently working on a book manuscript entitled The Transatlantic Values Debate and the Quest for Global Leadership and a co-authored project with Giovanna Dell’Orto on the politics of immigration in the EU and the US. She has been a visiting scholar at Sciences Po, Paris and the University of Bordeaux and was recently bestowed the honor of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Knight in the National Order of Merit)by the French government.