Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, January 23, 2017

With Vilas Award, Copelovitch to study effects of international economic turmoil on domestic politics

With Vilas Award, Copelovitch to study effects of international economic turmoil on domestic politics

Mark Copelovitch of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs received a 2017 Vilas Associates Award for his project How Do International Economic Shocks Influence Domestic Politics?

An associate professor of public affairs and political science, Copelovitch will examine the effects of the 2015 revaluation of the Swiss Franc on domestic politics in Poland and Switzerland.

“International and national economic events are often intertwined, making it difficult to separate their effects on individual preferences and voting behavior,” said Copelovitch, adding that this project is part of his broader research on the politics of international trade, money, and finance.

The flexible research funds will allow him to hire a student assistant and travel to Poland and Switzerland to meet with his co-authors and complete the project.

“Mark has published in high-profile venues, is a sought-after speaker among other universities and policymakers, and has been a central player on campus in enhancing our understanding of the last decade of global financial upheaval,” said La Follette School Director Don Moynihan. “He is immensely deserving of this prestigious and highly competitive award.”

The Vilas Associates Award, given by UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, recognizes Copelovitch’s research and professional contributions as judged by his peers in the Social Studies Division. The La Follette School nominated Copelovitch for the award, which provides funds for two years to tenured and tenure-track faculty members. It is made possible by the generosity of the Vilas Trustees.