Gaspare Genna, Ph.D.
Gaspare M. Genna, PhD, is Professor of Political Science and the Director of North American Studies where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses regarding European Union politics, North American relations, international relations, international organizations, and international political economy. He is a recipient of the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. His research interests are in explaining the development and impacts of regional integration in both economic and political dimensions. His work to date involves analyzing state incentives and capabilities for integration as well as domestic public support. His research appears in various journals including European Union Politics, Review of International Political Economy, International Interactions, Latin American Perspectives, Comparative European Politics, as well as numerous book chapters. He is the coauthor of Global Power Transition and the Future of the European Union (Routledge), Regional Integration and Democratic Conditionality: How Democracy Clauses Help Democratic Consolidation and Deepening (Routledge) and Efectos Regionales Del Libre Comercio: El Caso Del Noreste De México (Pearson) as well as coeditor of North American Integration: An Institutional Void in Migration, Security and Development (Routledge) and Jürgen Habermas and the European Economic Crisis: Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered (Routledge). In addition, he is Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Senior Research Fellow at the TransResearch Consortium, and an associate editor of the journal Politics & Policy.
Dr. Gaspare Genna co-edits a journal special issue on North American cooperation (Read more here and here).
Dr. Gaspare Genna and Dr. David Mayer-Foulkes (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) co-edited a special issue of the journal Politics & Policy (Vol. 39, No. 1) titled Beyond Borders: Migration, Security, and Cooperation in North America. The co-editors assembled an interdisciplinary team of researchers to investigate the depth of regional cooperation, at multiple levels, in the issue areas of migration and security. Dr. Genna also has an article included that is titled “ Does North America Have the Right Stuff?”
"Economic size and the changing international political economy of trade: The development of western hemispheric FTAs"
Abstract: Why are some free trade agreements (FTAs) in the western hemisphere successfully negotiated and implemented while others seem to stagnate during negotiations? FTAs are more likely to develop when there is an asymmetrical power relationship and potential partners are satisfied with projected trade patterns. The European Union (EU) and United States have been successful in negotiating agreements with the Caribbean and Central American (CCA) countries. However, current bilateral and multilateral trade talks between the EU, the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), and United States are at a standstill. Although all four sets of trade negotiations include dissatisfactory conditions for the Latin American countries, the two negotiations with the CCA countries were successful completed, but the two involving MERCOSUR countries have not. These results are partially due to two factors: the economic size differential between the CCA countries and MERCOSUR vis-a`-vis the EU and United States, and MERCOSUR’s growing economic ties with China. MERCOSUR’s medium-size economy and ties with China allows it to forgo FTAs with the EU and United States until more favorable conditions are met. However the CCA countries’ immensely smaller size and economic ties with China do not allow for such abstention.
Dr. Genna is a co-principal investigator in a recently awarded Programa Interinstitucional de Estudios sobre la Región de América del Norte (PIERAN) grant to study the political and economic effects of trade in northeast Mexico. He joins faculty from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and Laurier University to trace the economic interdependence of the northeastern Mexican states with states and provinces in the US and Canada, respectively. One goal of the nearly $40,000 grant is to assess the synchronization of economic cycles among these states and provinces.
Dr. Genna recently joined a research consortium that comprises scholars from nationally recognized research universities in Europe and the US. The consortium will be hosted by the United Nations University’s Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies located in Bruges, Belgium. He was officially invited to join this group at their inaugural meeting in early September 2010. The group will investigate the impact regional integration has on many national and transnational issues such as democratic development, labor mobility, and corruption reduction, just to name a few.