Congratulations to 2020 MAEUS Graduates and Summer FLAS Fellows!

Date

06/02/20

The European Union Center is proud to announce this year’s graduates of the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program, as well as recipients of this summer's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

 
Graduating MAEUS Students:
 
Jordan Evans-Kaplan
Thesis: “Canaries in the Coal Mine: Machine Learning for Predictions of Recessions in the Eurozone Business Cycle”
 
Jordan’s thesis research involves economic modeling of Eurozone states’ GDP and machine-learning using XGBoost. Jordan was a student in the 5-year BA/MA program and completed his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2018.
 
Viktoria Loidl
Thesis: “Transatlantic Cooperation and the Digital Economy: The Impact of the New Strategic Agenda ‘A Europe Fit for the Digital Age’”
 
Viktoria’s thesis research involves the emerging transatlantic digital economy and its overall effect on EU-US relations. Viktoria worked as a teaching assistant for the LAS First-Year Experience program, teaching LAS 399 (Leadership and Development) for LAS interns. Before beginning the MAEUS program, Viktoria studied economics and American studies at Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria, with a study abroad program at High Point University in North Carolina.
 
Vicki Prince
Thesis: “The EU Straying from the Norm: How the European Union Has Changed Its Narrative to Respond to China’s Belt and Road Initiative”
 
Vicki’s research involves the effect of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on European Union member states and EU foreign policy. She completed her bachelor’s degree in global studies in 2017. She was a FLAS fellow for the 2019-20 academic year, studying Arabic. During the 2018-19 academic year, Vicki taught English in Poland on a Fulbright fellowship.
 
Francesca Robinson
Thesis: “What Does It Mean to Belong? An Analysis of Migrant Integration Policies in Germany, Spain, and Hungary”
 
Francesca’s thesis concerns the relationship between Europeanization and the migration policies of EU member states, and how they can be used as measurements of migrant integration. Francesca was a student in the 5-year BA/MA program, having completed her bachelor’s degree in global studies and Spanish in 2019. She worked for the EU Center as a graduate research assistant for the 2019-20 academic year.  
 
Allison Wheeler
Thesis: “Transatlantic Perspectives on Contemporary Populism: A Narratological Approach to the Rhetoric of Prominent U.S. and European Populist Leaders”
 
Allison’s thesis looks at populism and far-right parties in EU member states. She was a student in the 5-year BA/MA program, having completed her bachelor’s degree in global studies and German in 2018. Allison worked as a graduate research assistant for the EU Center and was a FLAS fellow for the 2019-20 academic year, studying German.
 
Javier Zenil Peña
Research paper: The Influence of Media on Intergovernmentalism: Does the Media Build Trust or Produces Skepticism among Nation-state Members in the European Union?”
 
Javier’s research interests include EU-U.S. transatlantic relations. Javier was a student in the 5-year BA/MA program, having completed his bachelor’s degree in political science 2018. 

Summer FLAS Fellows:

Alyssa Bralower (Art History) -- German

Adam Hamideh (Sociology) -- Arabic

Amber Scarborough (African Studies) -- Arabic

Sofia Sinnokrot (Global Studies) -- Arabic

Erinn Thomas (Global Studies) -- Arabic