We are delighted that Dr Mate Rigo will be joining the History faculty from 1 July as a modern European historian. Dr Rigo obtainted his PhD from Cornell University, and is currently a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a rare historian who works on trans-European history, by linking East-Central Europe to Western Europe. He will be offering a new range of courses, starting from a new 2000 level course on ‘Europe and the Sea: The Making of a Continent, 1500 to the Present’ in Semester 2 of AY2017-18 (subject to approval). We would like to give a big warm welcome to Dr Rigo!