Fellow: Awarded 2010
Field of Study: Political Science
Competition: US & Canada
Matthew J. Gabel is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in Saint Louis where he is affiliated with the Center on Empirical Research in the Law, the Center for Political Economy, and the Institute for Public Health. He received a Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1994. He is an associate editor of the journal European Union Politics.
His past research addressed a variety of questions concerning democratic governance. He has examined why voters diverge in their opinions on international economic and political matters and how parties shape these opinions. He has studied how legislative parties manipulate the selection of votes for roll call and thereby influence electoral accountability. And, he has explored how party competition and electoral politics at the national level influence related conflict at the international level in the European Union.
In addition, he is involved in research on medical decision making by expert consensus panels. He has published related work in the Journal of Health Economics and the Archives of Neurology. Follow this link to download an article in Archives of Neurology authored by Matthew Gabel.
During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he will study whether and how constitutional courts escape political pressure. Specifically, he will focus on the process of supranational legal integration in the European Union and the rulings of the European Court of Justice. He is also involved in a related project on judicial politics across a broad range of constitutional courts around the world.