COMTE, Emmanuel

Postdoctoral Fellow


Academic Career

I was educated at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where I earned the French Agrégation in History (2007) and a Graduate Degree in History and International Relations (2009). I then received the European PhD in the History of Europe and of International Relations from Sorbonne University (2014).

After my studies, I held academic positions as a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institue, Florence (2014-2016), as a Lecturer in Late Modern European History at the Department of History of the University of California, Berkeley (2016-2017), before joining the Vienna School of International Studies as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in October 2017.

Research Interests

I specialise in the history of European Integration and the history of international migration in Europe since 1945. The thread of my research has to do with the conflicts generated by international migration movements in Europe since 1945 and the attempts to resolve those conflicts in governments’ policies and international agreements. I have recently published The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony (Routledge, 2018).


At the Vienna School of International Studies, I teach a graduate seminar on the history of the restrictions to immigration in Western countries since 1965. I also supervise Master’s theses. I can supervise theses in international history, especially with a focus on the international economy or the organisation of the European state system in the twentieth century, including European Integration history. I can also contribute to projects in migration studies, especially regarding admission policies in Western countries and the integration of immigrants in the labour markets of host countries.