Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration
Department of Political Science
(BA, UBC; Doctoraal, Leiden; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale)
Willem Maas holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and teaches political science and public & international affairs at the bilingual liberal arts campus of York University in Toronto, Canada, with joint appointment in York’s graduate programs in Political Science and Social & Political Thought. He is executive member of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies and the Centre for Public Policy and Law and member of the Centre for Refugee Studies.
Maas’s first book, Creating European Citizens, explains the development of supranational rights culminating in EU citizenship. It suggests that integration has always been about much more than economics, that free movement of persons is central to integration, and that the political project of transcending borders and building a European community of people has implications for the global rise of rights.
Professor Maas is currently researching theoretical and empirical questions on citizenship, integration policies, the limits of tolerance and multiculturalism, and the intersection of migration and law.