Dr Emmanuel Comte is a historian of contemporary Europe and international relations, with a focus on international migration.

He is the author of The History of the European Migration Regime (Routledge, 2018), a work that has transformed the understanding of how European countries developed a regime of relative freedom of movement within the continent. He has also published numerous scholarly contributions in English, French, German, and Spanish in leading journals, including The International Spectator, Afers internacionals, Cold War History, Labor History, Le Mouvement social, Relations internationales, and the Journal of European Integration History. These articles have contributed to ongoing debates across a range of disciplines, including the beginnings of the Cold War and European integration, the external relations of the European Union, labour conflicts involving immigrants and native workers, differentiated integration in the European Union, and migration policies in the recent pandemic.

An alumnus of the École normale supérieure in Paris, where he earned the French agrégation in History in 2007 and a graduate degree in History and International Relations in 2009, Dr Comte received a European PhD summa cum laude in the History of Europe and International Relations from Sorbonne University in 2014. His prize-winning dissertation was titled ‘The Formation of the European Migration Regime, 1947–1992.’

Dr Comte has held positions at leading academic and research institutions, including the European University Institute in Florence, the University of California, Berkeley, the Vienna School of International Studies, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens (ELIAMEP). His research has been supported by the French National Research Agency, the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK).

Dr Comte is currently affiliated as a senior research fellow of the European Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens (ELIAMEP). He teaches as a professorial lecturer at the Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatische Akademie Wien) and is also a research associate of the research centre on the history of contemporary international relations at Sorbonne University in Paris (Sirice).

Proficient in five major European languages – English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish – Dr Comte also has some competence in Dutch and Greek.

‘The French historian, who has taught and worked since his doctorate at Berkeley, the EUI in Florence and … the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, … [has produced a] ground-breaking [book] in a very relevant field of European integration’.Prof. Philipp Ther, University of Vienna.

‘Comte is an accomplished research historian with unusual gifts for comparative history; students at UC Berkeley also praised him as a concerned, enlightened, and effective teacher.’ – Prof. John Connelly, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Emmanuel Comte

PhD, History of Europe and International Relations
Sorbonne University, Paris

Graduate Degree, History and International Relations
École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Agrégation, History
École Normale Supérieure, Paris