Costanza Hermanin is a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Global Governance Programme) and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe-Bruges and SciencesPo Paris. Her academic and teaching work focuses on the politics and decision-making of the European Union, with a special focus on inter-institutional relations, and policies in the field of justice and home affairs, non-discrimination and foreign policy. She has presented her work several times at the European Parliament and in other international organizations, and she is also a frequent media contributor.
At the College of Europe, for the last 10 years, Costanza has been in charge of the core curriculum on negotiations and decision-making in the European Union, with Pierpaolo Settembri, and of executive trainings focused on EU asylum and migration policy. At the Schuman Centre, Costanza leads work on gender and politics, gender budgeting, and impact assessment, in collaboration with the EUI School of Transnational Governance. Costanza is a founding member of the Berkeley Centre for Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law, a member of the advisory board of the Guarini Institute of Public Affairs and a board member of the Migration Policy Group. She is also an alternate member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe (ECRI) for Italy.
Costanza has been active politically in Italy and is a frequent media commentator as well as the President of EquALL, an NGO promoting inclusiveness and parity in politics. She has worked in the cabinet of Italy’s Minister of Justice (2016-2018), and held positions with the Open Society Foundations in Brussels, the European Commission, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has worked with the World Bank Institute. She is among the founders of Women in International Security – Italy, and Progetto RENA.
Costanza obtained a MA and MPhil in Political Science and Comparative European Studies at Sciences Po Paris as well as a MA in International and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Florence. She was awarded her PhD in Political and Social Science at the European University Institute in Florence, and has spent research periods at the Centre d’Etudes Internationales of Sciences Po in Paris and at the Wissentschaft Zentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung in Berlin. As a Fulbright Schuman Research Scholar, she worked one year at Columbia University in New York and UC Berekeley. She currently serves in the selection committee for the Fulbright Schuman scholarships.