Associate Director, Institute of European Studies
Dr. Akasemi Newsome is Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Newsome has a decade of experience in corporate communications, policy, philanthropy, research and teaching at businesses and organizations such as Deutsche Telekom, the German Marshall Fund of the US, the Russell Sage Foundation, AFSCME, FAOS at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Social Science Research Center of Berlin. She speaks German and has lived and worked in Germany for a number of years. Over her career, she has secured more than $2 million in grants for research and programs from funders such as the Ford Foundation, the DAAD, the Mellon Foundation, the EU and the US Department of Education. Her research on the politics of labor, immigration and comparative racialization addresses topics at the forefront of international and comparative political economy, including rights and global governance, institutions, capitalist development and social movements. In addition to 2 co-edited special issues and published articles in the Journal of European Integration, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Perspectives on Europe and PS: Political Science and Politics, her book manuscript, The Color of Solidarity examines the conditions for labor union support of immigrant claims-making in Europe. She is also co-editor (with Marianne Riddervold and Jarle Trondal) of a book on EU Crisis forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. In 2017, she received an Honorable Mention of the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and completed her PhD in Political Science at UC Berkeley in 2015.