Friday, May 24, 2013

Ph.D. Candidate and FLAS Fellow Receives Ernst Haas Fellowship

The European Union Studies Association (EUSA) has selected Matthew Spears, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as one of two recipients of this year’s Ernst Haas Fellowship. The EUSA, the premier scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union, awards the Haas Fellowship to graduate students pursuing EU-related dissertation topics.

Matthew’s dissertation examines how citizens’ perceptions of commonalities with beneficiaries condition their support for domestic and international redistributive policies. The Haas Fellowship will allow Matthew to conduct experiments in Germany to study the relationship between citizens’ perceptions of people from other EU Member States and their support for Eurozone economic bailouts.

In addition to funding from the EUSA, Matthew’s research has received support from the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois, the Graduate College, the Department of Political Science, and the Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Matthew is also a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow at the EU Center.

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