Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels


Professor, Jean Monnet Chair, Department of Political Science and European Studies

University of Cologne


Expertise areas

The political system of the European Union: Institutions and Procedures; Stages and trends of integration history; Evolution of the European Union; Development of national and European administrations; Theories of European Integration; The European Union and Germany; The European Union in the international system; Enlargement of the European Union; Governance in the EU - analysis of key areas; The political system of the city of Cologne.


Short biography

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels holds a Master Degree in Economic and Political Science (1973), a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Cologne (1979) and he received the Venia legendi in Political Science of the University of Bonn in 1990. Since summer 1994, he is chairholder and since 2011, is honored ad personam of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne. In 2011 he was awarded for 'Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies' by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). In 2015 he was awarded with the “Universitätspreis Forschung“ by the University of Cologne for his excellence in research. Prof. Wessels is co-editor of the “Jahrbuch der Europäischen Union” (34th Edition) and the “Europa von A-Z, Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration” (14th Edition) and has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes. He is involved in several research and teaching networks such as THESEUS, PADEMIA and OPAL. He is the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) and of the Executive Board of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA, Brussels). Since 2010 he is Vice-President of the German consortium for the foundation of the Turkish-German University, Istanbul. Since 1981 he is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin.