Vicki L. Birchfield is Professor in The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently in residence at the European campus, Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France. She is director of the study abroad program on the European Union and Transatlantic Relations and co-directs the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. Dr. Birchfield received a DES from the Graduate Institute of International Studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She is the author of Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies: The Interplay of Values and Institutions; Toward a Common EU Energy Policy: Problems, Progress, and Prospects co-edited with John S. Duffield and Reporting at the Southern Borders: Immigration and Public Debates in the US and the EU co-edited with Giovanna Dell’Orto. Her current book project, The Transatlantic Values Debate and the Quest for Global Leadership, examines the evolving nature of EU-US relations in an increasingly globalized and unstable world. She has published articles in International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of Political Research, the Review of International Studies, Globalizations, the Journal of European Public Policy and the Review of International Political Economy. She has been a visiting scholar at Sciences Po, Paris and the University of Bordeaux. In 2013, she was bestowed the honor of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Knight in the National Order of Merit) by the French government.