I studied economics in Spain and Finland, and then got an MSc in European Studies (with distinction) and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I was also a Robert Schuman scholar in the DG for Research of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. I taught at a number of universities in the UK, Spain, and Romania, and coordinated two Jean Monnet modules, before I was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy in 2016. I also introduced Universidade da Coruña's International Summer School, and coordinated its first three editions (2014-2016). I was the founder and first executive editor of the European Journal of Government and Economics (2012-2016), and the author of two books on the topics of my Jean Monnet modules, The government of the EU (2008), and Population policy (2017). I am married and have two sons. Besides my family, my interests lie in the fields of European and international politics, and I am the president of Europa Grande, a non-profit association that promotes EU enlargement.