Montclair State Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award

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Anthony Spanakos

Anthony Spanakos, assistant professor of political science and law has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Administration (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela from January to August, 2008.

Spanakos will lecture and conduct research on “Policy Credibility and the Politics of Economic Performance in Venezuela.” He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during the 2007-2008 academic year. This is his second selection as a Fulbright Visiting Professor. He was also selected to teach and conducted research at the University of Brasilia in 2002.

"Venezuela is unquestionably among the world’s most polarized countries with deep and growing political divisions between supporters of President Hugo Chavez and those who oppose him,” says Spanakos. “I intend to study how these two groups—represented by people in poor neighborhoods as Chavez-supporters and financial analysts and investors as critics—understand the political world in which they live, and what they understand the role of government, society and the market in a democracy to be."

Spanakos, who joined the faculty at Montclair State in 2006, was most recently an assistant professor at Touro College in New York and has also taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Long Island University, Manhattanville College and Tufts University. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.A. and Ph.D.).