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Lazardeux Headed to Rome through Competitive Research Fellowship

February 23, 2017

Dr. Sebastien Lazardeux, assistant professor of political science at St. John Fisher College, was recently awarded a Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowship from Richmond, The American International University in London. He is the second Fisher faculty member to be selected for the competitive fellowship program.

Sebastien Lazardeux

The goal of the fellowship program is to create stronger relationships between the University and its partners, provide avenues for collaborative faculty research efforts, and, in the long term, investigate possible students and faculty exchanges between the two schools.

As a fellow, Lazardeux will spend two weeks in June at the Richmond campus in Rome, Italy, where he will study the electoral strategy of the Italian populist Five Star movement. While in Rome, he hopes to interview experts on the movement, including the recently-elected mayor of Rome, a member of the party.

Lazardeux’s research in Italy builds on a larger project that explores far-right populism and representative democracy. In 2014, a summer research grant sent Lazardeux to France to study archival works on two movements from the 1930s and 1950s, and he hopes to conduct similar research in Quebec as well.

“Far-right populist movements have existed on-and-off in Europe for decades, but they are gaining more attention there and in the United States in the present period,” said Lazardeux. “The long-term goal of my research is to develop a book that explains the conditions under which these movements use elections to reach their policy goals.”