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BC Political Scientist Named Berlin Prize Fellow

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2012)—Jonathan Laurence, associate professor of political science at Boston College, is among recipients of the prestigious Berlin Prize fellowship for fall 2012, awarded by The American Academy in Berlin, a private, nonprofit, non-partisan center for advanced research in a range of academic and cultural fields.

Jonathan Laurence
Jonathan Laurence

The class of Berlin Prize fellows for 2012-13 consists of twenty-four outstanding scholars, writers, artists and policy experts who will pursue independent study while engaging with their German counterparts and with Berlin’s vibrant academic, cultural, and political life.

Laurence—whose areas of teaching and research interest are comparative politics, transatlantic relations, European politics, and the integration of Muslims into European politics and society, and whose latest book The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims, was published by Princeton University Press earlier this year—will use the fellowship to support a research project titled "Turkey and Morocco in Germany: European Muslims or Citizens Abroad?"

A non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Laurence holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a C.E.P. from Sciences Po, and master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, where his thesis was awarded the American Political Science Association's Harold D. Lasswell Prize in 2006, as the best dissertation in public policy completed in 2004 or 2005.

He is a former fellow of the Wissenchaftszentrum Berlin, Transatlantic Academy, NYU Center for European Studies, Center Américain de Sciences Po, Hauser Center for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations at HKS and the Aspen Institute Berlin Young Leaders Program.

The American Academy in Berlin was established in 1994 by Richard C. Holbrooke and other distinguished Germans and Americans to foster greater understanding and dialogue between the people of the United States and the people of Germany. For more information, visit the Academy’s website at

—Office of News & Public Affairs