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Rising Star Award

2020 – Veronica Anghel 

ECPR Rising Star Winner 2020 Veronica AnghelVeronica Anghel, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has been honoured with our inaugural Rising Star Award.

The award, made possible by our Bonus Fund, created as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, aims to recognise a remarkable PhD student or early career researcher considered to have star potential in the field of politics and international relations. As part of her prize, Veronica will enjoy free admission to some of our key events in 2021, deliver a talk for our virtual lecture series launching in December, and have the opportunity to publish a piece for our new blogsite, The Loop.

Veronica is an early career researcher focusing on the challenges to democratic regime building and party politics in post-communist Europe. She received her PhD summa cum laude from the University of Bucharest in co-direction with the University of Bordeaux. Her work is published in East European Politics and Societies, Government & Opposition, Survival and in edited volumes with Oxford University Press, Macmillan and ECPR Press. She is also the ‘Robert Elgie’ Editorial Fellow for Government & Opposition.

Veronica was nominated by Erik Jones, Director of the European and Eurasian Studies programme at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna; where Veronica was a research associate at the time of nomination. 

Our jury were unanimous in their decision and assert that what makes Veronica a 'Rising Star' is that 'she has begun to produce research output of considerable quality and is simultaneously a well-rounded scholar with excellent academic networks engaging beyond the academy and contributing to the development of innovative teaching methods in political science.' Read full laudation.

In light of the exceptional circumstances, we have chosen to present the award to Veronica virtually, and created a short video to capture this very special moment.