Gabel awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Matthew J. Gabel, PhD, professor of political science in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


Gabel is among 180 Guggenheim Fellows selected for 2010 from nearly 3,000 applicants in the United States and Canada. Fellowships are awarded to artists, scientists and scholars on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

Gabel studies a variety of topics relevant to politics in democratic regimes. He has a large-scale project on comparative judicial politics that involves cross-national comparisons as well as the intensive study of the European Court of Justice. He also has an interest in legislative behavior and how parties manage their members’ voting behavior, which has implications for representation and electoral accountability. On a separate research track, he is examining the process of medical decision-making, particularly in the context of diagnosing dementia. His recent work on this topic is forthcoming in the Archives of Neurology.

He will use the Guggenheim award to continue his work on judicial decision-making in the European Union and his research with the Comparative Law project in the School of Law’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law. His Guggenheim research project is titled “The Politics of Supranational Legal Integration in the European Union.”

Gabel earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Rochester in 1994. He also completed a master’s degree in advanced European studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. He spent 1996-98 at the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research.

His research interests include the political economy of European integration, comparative democratic processes and American health policy. He also is associate editor of the journal European Union Politics.