George Ross

George Ross

Professor Emeritus of Labor and Social Thought
Chair, Executive Committee, Center for German and European Studies

George Ross joined Brandeis in 1970 and retired in 2009. He taught in the Sociology and Politics departments, and for the International and Global Studies Program.

He is presently ad personam Chaire Jean Monnet at the University of Montreal-McGill Center for Excellence on the European Union, Canada (an appointment granted by the European Union to honor distinguished international contributions to the understanding of European integration). He served as chair of the European Union Studies Association (2003-05), acting director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, executive director of the European Union Center at Harvard University, chair of the Council for European Studies (1990-97), and director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis (1998-2008).

George is an editor of French Politics Culture and Society, Sociologie du Travail, Contemporary European Politics, and the Journal of European Integration. His honors and awards include the title of officier of the French Ordre des Palmes Academiques, a Chaire Francqui from the Belgian Fondation Francqui, two Fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the USA, and two Fulbright research fellowships.

His current research interests include European politics, the political economy of the European Union, changing democracy in advanced industrial societies, and globalization and social structures. His most recent books include "What's Left of the Left?" edited with James Cronin and James Shoch (Duke University Press, 2010) and "The European Union and Its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


  • PhD, Harvard University

Selected Publications

Book Cover: What's Left of the Left"What’s Left of the Left: Democrats and Social Democrats in Challenging Times." Edited with James Cornin, James Shoch. Duke University Press, 2011.

Euros and Europeans book cover"Euros and Europeans: Monetary Integration and the European Model of Society." Edited with Andrew Martin. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
The Brave New World of European Labor book cover"The Brave New World of European Labor," with Andrew Martin, et al, Berghahn, 1999.
Jacques Delors and European Integration book cover"Jacques Delors and European Integration," (Cambridge, England and New York: Polity/Oxford University Press, 1995).
European Politics in Transition"European Politics in Transition," four editions, with Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, Christopher S. Allen, Stephen M. Hellman, and David Ost, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
The European Union and its Crises"The European Union and its Crises. Through the Eyes of the Brussels' Elite."

Selected Articles

  • "Searching for the New France," edited with James Hollifield (New York: Routledge, 1991)

  • "The Mitterrand Experiment," edited with Stanley Hoffmann and Sylvia Malzacher (Cambridge, England and New York: Polity/Oxford University Press, 1987)

  • "The View From Inside: Rank-and-File Communism in France," with Jane Jenson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985)

  • "Unions, Change and Crisis: French and Italian Union Thought and Strategy in the Political Economy Since 1945," with Peter Lange and Maurizio Vannicelli (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1982)

  • "Unions, Change and Crisis, Volume 2: The United Kingdon, West Germany and Sweden," with Peter Gourevitch, Andrew Martin et al (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1984)

  • "Workers and Communities in France," (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982)

  • "History and Justice: Essays in Honor of Barrington Moore Jr." edited with Theda Skocpol, Tony Smith and Judy Vichniac (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming)

  • Ross has also published more than 150 articles.