Professors Tiago Moreira Ramalho and Bruno Cardoso Reis will be the next visiting professors at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The two Portuguese academics will have the opportunity to teach for one semester each at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Visiting Professor at Georgetown University program is a joint initiative of FLAD and the Department of Government of Georgetown University, which every year selects one or two Portuguese Professors for the unique opportunity of teaching at one of the most reputed higher education institutions in the United States, and a world reference in Political Science and International Relations. Those selected will be able to benefit from the University’s resources, developing partnerships and its international curriculum.

For the 2024/2025 academic year, the jury composed of the President of FLAD, Rita Faden, Nuno Garoupa, Professor at George Mason University, and Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Professor at NOVA University Lisbon, chose Tiago Moreira Ramalho, Professor and researcher at the Centre d’étude de la vie politique, Université libre de Bruxelles (autumn semester) and Bruno Cardoso Reis, Professor of History and International Relations at ISCTE-IUL, coordinator of the PhD program in History and Defence, in partnership with the Military Academy.

Tiago Moreira Ramalho will teach the course Governing the European Economy, dedicated to the economic governance of the European Union, which aims to give students knowledge about the particularities of European economic governance, its actors and processes. “During a semester at Georgetown University I will teach a course dedicated to European economic integration, both in its internal structures and conflicts, as well as its relationship with the rest of the world”, explains the Professor.

“I have no doubt that it will be a transformative experience thanks to the interactions with students, the collaborations with researchers and the participation in the academic life of an excellent university. This opportunity will be a milestone in my career and it would not be possible without the support of FLAD, whose mobility programs are fundamental in the international projection of Portuguese researchers.” – Tiago Moreira Ramalho

Bruno Cardoso Reis will teach the course Empires at War: global history, geopolitics and grand strategy, which will analyze empires in their different iterations and the role of war in their creation, maintenance and fall, in a journey that goes from the Persian and Greek empires to the wars for decolonization of the twentieth century.

“My goal with this stay in Washington D.C. is to take advantage of the excellence of Georgetown University’s faculty, the rich bibliographic resources available, as well as the ease of access to the National Archives in College Park and the possibility of interviewing relevant American personalities. I will teach a course on Empires at War: global history, geopolitics and strategy which makes a comparative analysis of a very diverse set of cases in terms of chronology and geography, ranging from ancient China to the late colonial wars, naturally with reference to several Portuguese cases. I will also continue my comparative research on Military Coup with a particular focus on civil-military relations in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, but also looking at the concept of military coup, the return of this phenomenon in the last decade and its implications of coups on international relations, namely in terms of global and regional security.” – Bruno Cardoso Reis

The Professor of History and International Relations at ISCTE-IUL also intends to focus on transatlantic relations, in particular in the field of defense and security, “as well as how the US and Europe can cooperate in relations with the Global South, taking into account the result of the November 2024 elections”, and will engage in the development of FLAD’s activities and relations in Washington D.C., with the aim of exploring the “very rich and influential field of think-tanks and universities in the North American capital”, with which Portugal still has a very tenuous relationship, even when compared to other European countries of similar size.