Tanja A. Börzel (born 5 July 1970) is a German Political scientist. Her research and teaching focus on the fields of European Integration, Governance, and Diffusion. She is professor of Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science of Freie Universität Berlin, director of the Center for European Integration, and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration. Currently, she is department chair of the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science.
From 1989 to 1995, Börzel studied Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Subsequently, she obtained her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. Her dissertation (“with distinction”), supervised by Adrienne Héritier, was on “The Domestic Impact of Europe. Institutional Adaption in Germany and Spain”.
From 1999 to 2001, Börzel worked as coordinator for Environmental Studies at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence. Beginning in 1999 she was senior researcher for two years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Common Goods in Bonn. From 2002 to 2003 Börzel directed the junior research group on compliance with European law in member states funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Humboldt University. In 2003, she accepted the position as professor of International Politics and European Integration at the Department of Political Science of the University of Heidelberg, but soon joined the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science of Freie Universität Berlin in December 2004.
From 2006 to 2007, Börzel was visiting professor at the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 2008, she has been together with Thomas Risse co-director of the DFG funded Kolleg-Forschergruppe as well as director of the Berlin Center for European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. Furthermore, she is Project Director of the SFB 700.
Börzel’s research focus and teaching experience lie in the field of European Integration, Governance, and Diffusion research. She concentrates on questions of institutional change as a result of Europeanization as well as on the diffusion of European ideas and policies within and outside the EU. She studies how and under what conditions the EU promotes institutions and policy programs in and outside of Europe, and what mechanisms of diffusion are applied. She researches global processes of diffusion and resulting transformational changes inside the EU and its member states. She writes about institutional effects of political, economic, and cultural processes of diffusion and the factors which promote or constrain processes of diffusion in the EU.
Tanja A. Börzel has published a range of articles, papers, and books including:
- 2012 Business and Governance in South Africa/, co-edited with Christian Thauer, Houndmills: Palgrave.
- 2012 Convergence without Accession? Explaining Policy Change in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood/, Special Issue of Europe-Asia Studies, co-edited with Julia Langbein.
- 2012 From Europeanization to Diffusion/, Special Issue of West European Politics, co-edited with Thomas Risse.
- 2012 Roads to Regionalism. Genesis, Design, and Effects of Regional Organizations/, co-edited with Lukas Goltermann, Mathis Lohaus and Kai Striebinger. Aldershot: Ashgate.
- 2011 Wozu Staat? Governance in Räumen begrenzter und konsolidierter Staatlichkeit/, co-edited with Marianne Beisheim, Philipp Genschel and Bernhard Zangl. Nomos: Baden-Baden.
- 2010 Civil Society on the Rise? EU Enlargement and Societal Mobilization in Central and Eastern Europe/. Special Issue of Acta Politica.
- 2009 Coping with Accession to the European Union. New Modes of Environmental Governance./ Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
- 2006 The Disparity of European Integration. Revisiting Neofunctionalism in Honor of Ernst Haas/. London: Routledge.
- 2003 Environmental Leaders and Laggards in Europe. Why There is (not) a Southern Problem. Aldershot, Burlington, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate.
- 2002 States and Regions in the European Union. Institutional Adaptation in Germany and Spain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.