Based at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, Dr Julie Newton is Principal Investigator (Director) of the University Consortium (UC). The UC (founded in 2015 with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York) brings together six universities in the US, the EU and Russia â€“ Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Sciences Po, MGIMO, and HSEâ€“ to promote engagement between Russia and Western countries. She is also a Research Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where her research focuses on Russia-West relations (especially those between Russia and Europe). With a BA in Russian literature and language from Princeton University, a Master’s from Columbia University (SIPA and Harriman Institute), and a DPhil in Politics and IR from Oxford, she has a passion for teaching. In France, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris; in the US, she is a Visiting Professor of Russian Politics at Colorado College; and in Russia, she is a regular lecturer at the MGU-MGIMO International Master’s Program, ‘State Politics in Post-Soviet countries’. Besides published articles, her books include: Russia, France, and the Idea of Europe (Palgrave, 2003), Institutions, Ideas, and Leadership in Russian Politics (Palgrave, 2011) with Dr William Tompson.