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Stella Ghervas

Visiting Scholar 2013-2014 & 2014-2015


Stella Ghervas

Stella Ghervas is a Senior Fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux. Her research interests include European and international history (18th-21st century), the history of ideas, international relations, as well as the history of Russia and Southeastern Europe. She has taught at the University of Chicago, Institut d’Etudes Avancées in Paris, Sciences Po Bordeaux, as well as the Universities of Geneva, St. Petersburg, and Bucharest.

Her book, Réinventer la tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et L’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance, explores the intellectual climate and the political conceptions prevailing in Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna. It was awarded the Guizot Prize of the Académie Française in 2009, the Xenopol Prize of the Romanian Academy in 2010, and shortlisted in 2009 for the Grand Prix d’Histoire Chateaubriand.

During her second year as a Visiting Scholar at CES, Ghervas will work on completing a book entitled Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment to the European Union for Harvard University Press. The book examines how the reflection on war and peace shaped the awareness of Europe, as a continent and as a civilization, and how it crystallized around a legal and political definition over the longue durée. She is also working on a second book tentatively entitled A Transnational History of the Black Sea Region: From the Russian Expansion to the Fall of Empires. It questions the definitions of “Europe”, its confines, and how it blends into Asia.

She received her Ph.D. in Humanities (European Studies) from the University of Geneva and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bucharest. She also holds a Bachelor and Master of Philosophy and Political Science from the University of St. Petersburg.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Russian History, Newcastle University