The Center for European Studies (CES) is pleased to announce its new director. Joshua Cole, associate professor of history, will serve as director of CES for the next three years. Cole received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and B.A. from Brown University in 1983. His research and teaching deal primarily with the history of France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but he has also done comparative work on Britain and Germany. His first book, The Power of Large Numbers: Population, Politics and Gender in Nineteenth-Century France (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000), examined the emergence of new scientific techniques for understanding population questions in nineteenth-century France, focusing in particular on their connection to changing ideas about the place of women and families in the social order, and their relationship to the state. He is currently writing a book about an episode of anti-Semitic violence in colonial Algeria in 1934. In 2011-12 he was a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.