Background and activities

Michael J. Geary, FRHistS, is Professor of Modern European History in the Department of Historical and Classical Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in European History from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and is a First Class Honours graduate of the National University of Ireland. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Concurrently, he is also a Global Fellow with the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., one of the world’s leading non-partisan think tanks.

Inter alia, he has held a number of distinguished fellowships including: Global Europe Fellow at the Wilson Center, Fulbright-Schuman Professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., European Parliament-Geremek Research Fellow at the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland, and Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Prior to joining the faculty at NTNU in 2018, Prof Geary was Director of Studies of the MA in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where he was a tenured Assistant Professor in modern European history.

A native of Cork in Ireland, Prof Geary is the author of two books and numerous articles on contemporary EuropeIrish diplomatic historyBritain's European policysupranational history of the European UnionEU enlargement and European-United States relations.


  • Twentieth Century Europe
  • Transatlantic Relations Since 1945
  • Irish Diplomatic History
  • The Process of European Integration
  • Supranational History and Politics of the European Union
  • Contemporary British History
  • The Cold War
  • Decolonisation

His current research projects include:

  • A history of Ireland's foreign policy and European Political Cooperation during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • A history of the European Commission's DG for External Relations/Enlargement Policy from the 1960s to the 1990s (in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Padova).


Prof Geary supervises theses at all levels in Modern and Contemporary History and European Studies and welcomes inquiries from prospective students.

Current Ph.D. supervision (main supervisor): Elisabeth Skaar - The Great Balancing Act: Britain, South Africa and the Namibia Question, 1974-90.


NTNU Faculty of Humanities Lecturer of the Year, 2017-2018


NTNU Department of Historical & Classical Studies Deputy Head of Department & Education Manager, 8/2020 - 12/2020.

NTNU Academic Programme Director & Programme Council Chair | European Studies, 2019 - 2021

NTNU Academic Programme Director | Lektorutdanning i historie/Teacher Education with History, 2018-2020

Maastricht University, Director of the MA in European Studies, 2017.


A frequent media contributor on both sides of the Atlantic, who links his research with contemporary events, his opinion pieces have appeared in The National Interest, Euractiv, The Hill’s Congress Blog, EUObserver and Geary is often quoted in (amongst other publications) the Guardian, Washington Post, New York Times, Associated Press, BBC News, CNN, Fox News, France24 and Reuters.


Bachelor in Arts (Double Honours) in English and History (minor in Biology), National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Master of Literature (M.Litt. Research in History), National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Master of Research (History), European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Ph.D. in History & CivilizationEuropean University Institute, Florence, Italy.

University Teaching Qualification (UTQ); Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO, in Dutch), Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Leading in Leadership (Leadership training course), School of Business, Maastricht University, 2017.

Ph.D.-Supervisor Seminar, NTNU, 2019

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


Part of book/report

  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) Irish Foreign Policy and European Political Cooperation from membership to Maastricht: Navigating Neutrality. European Enlargement across Rounds and Beyond Borders.
  • Geary, Michael J.; Randeraad, Nico. (2014) Information Processes and International Organisations, 1910-1940. The politics of information : the case of the European Union.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2009) A Public Courtship: The European Commission’s relations with the US government, 1958-63. Reform and Renewal: Transatlantic Relations during the 1960s and 1970s.


  • Geary, Michael J.. (2019) Continental Divides? The Future of the European Union Post-Election. The Wilson Center [Radio]. 2019-05-31.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2019) Exploring the Negotiators: EU Enlargement Policy and the Role of RELEX from Dublin to Vienna. Telephone Number of Europe: The General Directorate for External Relations in European Integration: actors, cultures, political and institutional dynamics, 1958-2010 . Università di Padova; Padau. 2019-11-28 - 2019-11-28.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2019) The History of the Maastricht Treaty: Past and Present. Radio Sputnik [Radio]. 2019-02-04.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2019) The Irish Perspective on Britain's Exit from the European Union. Jean Monnet Lecture . NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-11-08 - 2019-11-08.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2019) Was the Cold War an ideological conflict?. ISFiT Student Conference . ISFiT; Trondheim. 2019-02-09 - 2019-02-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) German teen's murder sparks national discussion of migrant crime. FOX News [Internett]. 2018-02-13.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Over 700 arrested in Paris amid violent fuel protests. Shanaplan Debate [Internett]. 2018-12-13.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Paris might have championed the climate agreement, but the ‘yellow vest’ unrest is growing. NPR - National Public Radio (USA) [Radio]. 2018-12-06.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Poland defies EU as law forcing judges to retire comes into force. France24 [Internett]. 2018-07-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Problem Of Refugees In EU Requires Coordinated Approach Of All European States – Analysis. Eurasia Review [Internett]. 2018-08-21.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) The Italian elections and the rise of populism in Europe. KCBS Radio [Radio]. 2018-03-05.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) The N. Ireland Backstop Is Still A Sticking Point In May's Brexit Deal. The Denver 7 / ABC News [Internett]. 2018-11-16.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Trump takes aim at Paris protests to comment on climate change agreement. New York Post [Avis]. 2018-12-08.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2018) Western Sanctions Against Russia Cannot Replace Real Diplomacy. Eurasia Review [Internett]. 2018-09-21.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) May Hangs on After Tortuous UK Election. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2017-06-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) Prime Minister Theresa May vows to stay after Conservatives lose majority. KTCB News [Internett]. 2017-06-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) Prime Minister Theresa May vows to stay after Conservatives lose majority. USA Today [Avis]. 2017-07-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) Theresa May’s Political Future In Danger After Stunning Election Defeat. Huffington Post [Internett]. 2017-07-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) UK elections: May holding on to lead as British voters weigh terror, Brexit and immigration. FOX News [Internett]. 2017-06-08.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2017) Vojna slov o brexit už zúri (The War of Words about Brexit). Spravy Pravda [Avis]. 2017-05-05.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) After Brexit: A New World Order?. The Wilson Center [Radio]. 2016-06-27.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Brexit Vote Looms: What Will it Mean for the EU and the U.S.?. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2016-06-21.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Britain votes to leave the European Union. C-SPAN TV [TV]. 2016-06-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Europe's Trump moment: Countries see rise of populist leaders amid anger over economy, migrant crisis. FOX News [Internett]. 2016-11-30.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Renzi's Italy referendum loss heightens tensions in euro zone politics. CNBC [TV]. 2016-12-04.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) The Brexit Referendum. CNN International [TV]. 2016-06-23.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) The hidden fallout of Brexit. Marketplace [Internett]. 2016-06-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Trump’s policies may not be all that foreign. Are his ideas really all that nutty? Maybe, maybe not. McClatchy Washington Bureau [Internett]. 2016-04-10.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) UK Votes on EU Brexit: What Happens Next?. Pacific Council International [Internett]. 2016-06-23.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2016) Where Does the UK Go From Here?. The Wilson Center [TV]. 2016-06-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2015) Britain's stunning election result. CNN Opinion [Internett]. 2015-05-08.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2015) The British General Election – Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Government. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2015-05-12.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2015) UK Elections 2015: David Cameron’s Big Win. The Wilson Center [TV]. 2015-05-15.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) La Maison Blanche loupe son passage en douce. Libération [Avis]. 2014-05-18.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Luxembourg Tax Evasion Scandal Embarrassing to New EC President. Russia Today [Internett]. 2014-11-07.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) MORGAN STANLEY: Russia Could Cut Off Gas To Europe. International Business Times [Internett]. 2014-07-31.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2014-03-19.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Obama and Allies Seek Firm, United Response as Russia Grips Crimea. The New York Times [Avis]. 2014-03-23.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Putin On Crimea Incursion: I Have No Intention Of Invading Other Regions Of Ukraine. The Huffington Post [Internett]. 2014-03-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Rapprochement with EU in Ukraine's best interests, politics left for talks. Russia Today [Internett]. 2014-06-27.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Russia dominates, but Obama trip broadens outreach. The Associated Press [Internett]. 2014-03-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Scottish Independence Vote. Kojo Nnamdi Radio Show [Radio]. 2014-06-30.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) Scottish independence may have lost, but Britain may be changed forever. Public Radio International [Radio]. 2014-09-19.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) The End of the Union? London, Edinburgh, and the Battle for Scottish Independence. The Wilson Center [TV]. 2014-04-01.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) The Far Right Parties in Europe Aren't Exactly Getting Along. VICE News [Internett]. 2014-06-25.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) The Pros and Cons of Scottish Independence. Mashable [Internett]. 2014-09-09.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2014-03-26.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) U.S. Commitment and Obama’s Stature on the Line This Week in Overseas Trip. The National Journal [Internett]. 2014-03-23.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2014) US thinktank ponders: how about annexing Canada, eh?. The Guardian [Avis]. 2014-03-19.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) A painful birth: Economic and Monetary Union and the Origins of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis. Wilson Lecture . The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Washington, D.C.. 2013-04-11 - 2013-04-11.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) Anti-EU parties plan strategy to woo Europe's voters. BBC News [Internett]. 2013-11-13.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) Enlarging the European Union - Book Launch. The Wilson Center [TV]. 2013-09-18.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) First Agreement Between Serbia and Kosovo of Principles Governing Normalization of Relations. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2013-04-24.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) G8 Meeting in Northern Ireland - media briefing. The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2013-06-13.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) Secretary Kerry's First International Trip (media briefing). The Wilson Center [Internett]. 2013-02-22.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2013) The Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Rules for a New Era. The Wilson Center [TV]. 2013-06-19.
  • Geary, Michael J.. (2012) Future of the EU. CQ Researcher (Sage Publications) [Fagblad]. 2012-04-17.