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Scientific director

Laurence Deschamps-Laporte (PhD Oxford) is professor of political sciences at the University of Montreal. Expert in Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy, her main research agenda is set in feminism in international relations, Middle-East politics and islamist movements. She completed a PhD at Oxford University thanks to a Rhodes scholarship. Before joining UdeM and CÉRIUM, Laurence Deschamps-Laporte was an advisor, then chief of staff to three Canadian foreign ministers. As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, she carried out public policy mandates in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Contact Laurence Deschamps-Laporte by email 
3744 Jean-Brillant street, Local 592-10

Academic director

Christine Rothmayr is a professor in the Department of Political Science at UdeM, which she headed from 2014 to 2022. She got a PhD from the University of Zurich, her main areas of interest are comparative public policy, focusing on the fields of biotechnology and biomedicine, and courts and politics, in particular the impact of judicial decisions on public policy-making and policy change in North America and Europe. She has published scientific articles in the European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Regulation & Governance, Journal of European Public Policy and Canadian Journal of Political Science.  

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Clara Bort

Clara Bort is the coordinator of CERIUM. With a master's degree in political science from UdeM, she specialized in comparative politics, post-Soviet studies and theories of nationalism. Her directed work, supervised by Magdalena Dembinska and entitled Building a nation in the context of memory conflict: The case of the Riga Occupations Museum, received the Brigitte Schroeder prize for best directed work from the political science department of the UdeM of 2021. Before joining CÉRIUM, Clara worked in the Admission and Recruitment Department of UdeM, on the recruitment activities side, and was also responsible for communications for the Réseau québécois d'études post-soviétiques.

Contact Clara by email
3744 Jean-Brillant street, Local 592-8

Communications and partnerships

Sabrina Myre
Senior communications and partnerships advisor

Journalist and former correspondent in Jerusalem, Sabrina Myre has produced numerous reports throughout her career to allow Canadians to better understand the world around them, in Quebec and internationally. Her common thread? Human rights, particularly those of women, in conflict zones. She is the winner of a prestigious award in 2023 from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her reports on the nightmare of Canadian children detained in Syria, broadcast on Radio-Canada. She is a graduate of McGill University and holds a master's degree from Sciences Po Paris.

Contact Sabrina by email 
3744 Jean-Brillant street, local 592-14


Aicha Tahri
Financial management agent

As a graduate of the INSEEC Paris business school in Corporate Finance in 2010, Aicha Tahri has 11 years of banking experience in financial analysis and portfolio management of Corporate customer accounts at Société Générale. She joined the CÉRIUM team in September 2022.

Contact Aicha by email
3744 Jean-Brillant street, Local 592-12

Fanny Reyns
Administration technician 

Holder of a master's degree in cultural management from the University of Brussels, Fanny Reyns had the opportunity to enrich her professional career in Belgium, Italy, Vancouver and most recently at the Center for Dramatic Authors in Montreal. Fanny is delighted to now put her administrative and accounting skills at the service of CÉRIUM.

Contact Fanny by email
3744 Jean-Brillant street, Local 592-13

Research team


Luca Sollai
Researcher on Europe

Luca Sollai holds a PhD in history and is a lecturer at the University of Montreal. His thesis is entitled The opposition of the PCF and the PCI to NATO: a comparative analysis (1947-1955), and it aims to compare the opposition of the Italian and French communist parties to NATO. The chosen approach is to constructively integrate the national and international spheres in order not to limit the analysis to the logic of ideological conflict.

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Alexis Montambault-Trudelle
Researcher on the Middle East

Alexis Montambault-Trudelle holds a PhD in politics and international relations from the University of Edinburgh. Alexis' research focuses on the political economy of Gulf, particularly in the areas of sovereign wealth funds, authoritarian resilience, and state-society relations. He is also interested in issues related to international relations in the Middle East and how resource-rich countries are adapting to the energy transition.

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Asia and Indo-pacific

Alexandra Parada

Coordinator of the Chaire d'études asiatiques et indo-pacifiques du CÉRIUM

Alexandra Parada's doctoral research addresses discrimination in the context of artificial intelligence. She participates in various research projects focusing on the practical and theoretical impacts of technologies on rights and justice. More generally, she is interested in the question of human rights and global issues linked to North-South dynamics. She is also involved in several rights defense organizations. She graduated from the University of Montreal (master's degree in international studies, 2017) and from the University of Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (bachelor's degree in law and bachelor's degree in philosophy, 2013).

Contact Alexandra by email 
3744 Jean-Brillant street, local 592-11