The American Political Science Association named Kathryn C. Lavelle—a Case Western Reserve University political scientist who specializes in international financial politics—the William A. Steiger fellow for 2006-2007.
With this award, Lavelle will join a select class of more than 40 political scientists, journalists, doctors, federal executives, and international scholars in the Association's Congressional Fellows Program.
Lavelle will use the year to focus on the politics of international banking. While many studies of international politics have already examined the activities of interest groups in the United Nations, IMF, and World Bank, Lavelle will explore the ways these same interest groups conduct their business interact on Capital Hill, an area of academic research previously reserved for scholars who specialize in Congress.
The experience will ultimately contribute to a book Lavelle is writing on participation and democratic institutions in the international political economy.
Established in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship. It gives political science faculty the first-hand experience of seeing the U.S. government work from the inside and helps enrich classroom learning upon the fellow's return to campus.
As part of the fellowship, Lavelle will receive a stipend to offset living expenses as well as some travel expenses to and from her home state and one trip to the congressional district or state of the member she will work for as part of the assignment. The ASPA-funded trip may also include an exchange with Canada's Parliamentary Interns for a week to view the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario.
The program's more than 1,900 alumni include professors, reporters, editors, executives, lawyers, politicians, Hill staffers, parliamentarians, lobbyists, doctors, sociologists, anthropologists, Native American tribal leaders, federal domestic and foreign policy specialists, international scholars, and ambassadors - even a vice president.
Lavelle, who grew up in Cleveland, attended Our Lady of Angels elementary school and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1982. She earned her bachelors degree (cum laude) in foreign service from Georgetown University, the masters of art degree from the University of Virginia and her doctorate degree from Northwestern University.
She is the author of The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets (2004). Part of Lavelle's research for the book was supported by her 1999 West Africa Research Association Fellowship to travel to the Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The book looks the influences of government on the ownership of large firms in South America, Africa, India, Eastern Europe and Asia.
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