Our Global Reach: Europe

Study Abroad

In Europe, the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs has approved Study Abroad programs in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Visiting Students International Program (VISP)

Barnard participates in Visiting International Students Program (VISP) Partnerships with the Collegio Nuovo at the Universitá di Pavia and the University of Trento in Italy and the University of Copenhagen, in partnership with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Denmark. Barnard also has full year visiting student exchange programs with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in France and University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Faculty Research

Barnard faculty have lived, studied, researched, and taught all over the world, and they contribute constantly to our contemporary knowledge of cultures and countries around the globe. Below are highlighted only some of the many remarkable faculty at Barnard who are pursuing an international research agenda:

Professor of History

Professor Coen's research centers on the history of the physical and earth sciences and the cultural history of central Europe. Her current book project, Climate in Word and Image: Science and the Austrian Idea, explores how climate came to be understood in terms of the exchange of energy among systems at a spectrum of scales, from the molecular to the hemispheric.

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Professor Connor's research interests include twentieth-century French literature, literary theory, contemporary French philosophy, translation, and psychoanalysis. He is the director of Barnard’s Center for Translation Studies, which provides a space for the study of the modes and methodologies of translation, as well as a space for exploration of the major political, ethical, and theoretical issues in translation studies today.

Assistant Professor of Sociology 

Professor Kesler's research focuses on cross-national comparisons of social inequality, and particularly on the experiences of international migrants in European societies. She has recently completed a project that compares immigrant socioeconomic incorporation and exclusion in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Tow Associate Professor of Classics

Professor Milnor's research interests include Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire (especially epic, elegy, and the ancient novel), Roman history, and feminist theory and gender studies. Her first book, Gender, Domesticity, and the Age of Augustus: Inventing Private Life, won the 2006 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association, and she is currently at work on a book about literary graffiti from the ancient city of Pompeii.

Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures 

Professor Ríos-Font's academic specialization is Spanish literature and culture from 1800 to the present. She is currently engaged in two major research projects: the first involves the relationship between different cultural fields in nineteenth-century Spain, with topics on the semiotics of the construction of criminality and the early juridical system and on the connection between literature and economics in the Bourbon Restoration; and the second looks at historical, political, economic, and cultural/literary exchanges between Spain and Puerto Rico during the late Spanish Empire (1815-1898), examining their bearing on early formulations of national identity in colonial Puerto Rico.

Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Creative Writing

Professor Szell's scholarly and pedagogical interests include Animal Studies (in particular the interdisciplinary investigation of theoretical, political and material boundaries between species), medieval literature and culture, with a focus on hagiography, gender, and symbolically weighted liminal figures like animals, and she is currently editing a collection of essays on the role of animals in human lives. Another significant project underway is the translation of her father's memoirs from Hungarian into English.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance

Professor Thomas's teaching at Barnard includes advanced modern-dance technique, introductory ballet technique, contact improvisation, and advanced composition/collaboration and the creative process. Her choreographic works have been performed in Brazil, Estonia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Venezuela, among others, and she is also the director of the Barnard Dance in Paris program.

Tow Professor of Anthropology

Professor West’s general research interest is the relationship between society and the environment. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Australia, Germany, England, and the United States, in order to consider the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood and produced, the aesthetics and poetics of human social relations with nature, and the creation of commodities and practices of consumption.

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies

Professor Worthen's research focuses on performative cultures and totalitarianisms, nationalist rhetoric and the Holocaust, European drama, theatre and performance studies, censorship and the arts, and dramaturgy. She is currently working on a new book project, tentatively entitled Theatre of Humanisms.

Student Research

As a result of an international fellowship or scholarship, students have researched in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.


Additionally, our global Alumnae Network includes graduates in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.