Thursday, February 21, 2013

Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship Awarded to Professor George Ross

CHAMPAIGN – The European Union Center at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce that Professor George Ross is the 2012 recipient of the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship, for his book The European Union and its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite, published by Palgrave Macmillan. The Larry Neal Prize was initiated by the EU Center at Illinois to recognize excellent research conducted by affiliated faculty of the EU Centers of Excellence located throughout the United States and Canada.

Professor Ross’ book was nominated by the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Montreal – McGill University. In their nomination letter in support of Professor Ross, Professors Jane Jenson and Frédéric Mérand noted that Ross’ book, “organized around a list (or typology) of challenges, works to make sense of the current situation of the EU, one which is very far from the heady days of ‘1992’, the creation of the EMU, the Euro, and the Delors Commission. It is a must read, we believe, for anyone—expert or undergraduate—who wants to understand why the EU is having so much trouble these days.”

Dr. Ross is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and ad personam Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Montreal. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. As part of his award, the EU Center has invited Professor Ross to give a public lecture at the University of Illinois on his award-winning book. The lecture will take place in Fall 2013.

In honor of Professor Emeritus of Economics Larry Neal, the founding director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, the EU Center created the “Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship” through the generous funds from the European Commission’s European Union Center of Excellence grant. Each year the Center solicits submissions of both books and articles that address current issues faced by the European Union and in EU-US relations. Submissions are encouraged from all disciplinary fields. Visit the University of Illinois EU Center web site for more information about the award submission procedures and a list of previous winners.

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