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Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom; ISSN 2327-2791) is a research-based, online forum of critical review, informed commentary, and public discussion. The site focuses on topics in European history, society and politics, and is aimed at an educated, interdisciplinary audience interested in European affairs. The goal of the forum is to facilitate the dissemination and assessment of high-quality research on Europe, as well as to provide a suitable space for the discussion of that research and its importance.


Using this Site

To get the most out of CritCom, take advantage of the following aspects of the site:

  • Vote — Help the Editors decide which new books should be reviewed on CritCom by casting your vote for preferred titles in our Book News section. Just click on the green “thumbs up” icon beside any Book News title to register your vote. If you don’t see the book you’re interested in, nominate it for review.
  • Comment — Add your voice to the conversation by commenting on articles of interest. The “Comments” box appears at the foot of each article page and only requires you to enter your name (or handle), email and comment. (Note: Your email address will not be posted. We just ask for it as part of the process of tracking and moderating comments.)
  • Submit —  If you have an article that has not been published (or is not currently being considered elsewhere), submit it for possible publication in CritCom.  We are interested in research-based articles and critical commentary that helps sharpen and expand our understanding of Europe and European affairs.
  • Search — Take advantage of the “Search” box in the top right hand corner to better navigate this site. It is a whole text search and will help you locate (in conjunction with the navigation menus) the content of most interest to you.
  • VolunteerVolunteer to serve as a reviewer and contribute your expertise to our ongoing conversation and exchange of ideas.



Reviews & Critical Commentary is an online publication of the Council for European Studies (CES), the leading international organization for the study of Europe.  For more information about the Council and its work, visit:

CritCom Editorial Committee:

Politics  & Government
Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn, McMaster University
Julian Garritzmann, University of Konstanz
Maria Habanikova, University of Ottawa
Mauro Santaniello, University of Salerno

Jennifer Carroll, University of Washington
Senem Kaptan, Rutgers University
Kelly McKowen, Princeton University

Leah Goldman, University of Chicago
Sarah Griswold, New York University
Nicholas Ostrum, Stony Brook University
Joseph Passaro, Fordham University, Chair

Economics & Employment
Chiara Benassi, Royal Holloway University of London
Courtney McNamara, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Irina Ciornei, University of Bern

Defense Studies
Amir Magdy Kamel, King’s College London

Helene Ducros, University of Leicester

English Literature
Colleen Cusick, CUNY Graduate Center


Executive Editor: Nicole Shea (Council for European Studies)

Editor: Katrine Øgaard Jensen (Council for European Studies)