Politics Major Awarded Gordon Fellowship

June 20, 2017

By Maggie Lynch '17

The Saint Anselm College Albert H. Gordon Fellowship for the summer of 2017 has been awarded to rising senior Emily Rice, a politics major from Farmington, Maine. The fellowship, awarded by the Academic Advisory Committee of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), allows a student the opportunity to participate in the Institute's many opportunities and to perform research and writing tasks critical to the Institute's mission.

With the Gordon Fellowship, Rice will research and write about two topics that sparked her interest during study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland: the decline of the Labour Party in Scotland and Wales, as well as the resurgence of Scottish Nationalism. She will collaborate with Assistant Professor Erik Cleven, Ph.D., who sponsored her for the summer grant.

The fellowship represents the lifelong commitment of its sponsor, the late Albert H. Gordon, to education and opportunity for Saint Anselm students. The grant is available through a competitive process to students of all majors upon completion of their junior or senior year, and provides a stipend of $3,000 per summer. Those receiving the prestigious appointment are chosen in recognition of leadership and critical thinking skills, a proven commitment to civic education and engagement, and a high degree of intellectual depth and inquisitiveness.

While abroad in Scotland during the fall 2016 semester, Rice was inspired by observing and working with the Scottish government, and returned to the Hilltop with a renewed interest in research and study.

Professor Cleven notes, "The Gordon Fellowship will allow Emily to study in depth, the shift that had taken place in Scottish politics, away from the British Labour Party towards the Scottish National Party, and to compare the Scottish case to that of Wales, where Plaid Cymru, the Welsh national party, has not had comparable success."

"Her study is very timely as it probes questions of national and regional identity and political party shifts at a time when the survival of United Kingdom, and even the EU, are in question. Emily is a very bright student and will bring energy, enthusiasm and intellectual integrity to the institute, as well as a focus on the wider world of politics beyond New Hampshire and the United States."

Rice looks forward to spending the last summer of her undergraduate career doing research at the Institute, alongside political scholars.

"Conducting research at the NHIOP gives me an opportunity to do so at a small institution with professors I can work closely with," says Rice. "Having that access gives me much better opportunities to develop my research skills, and personalize what I'm doing. I think one of the major advantages of studying at Saint Anselm College is the access to professors. We have such a great opportunity to personally grow when we cultivate those relationships."