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Political Scientist Wins Award from Catalan Government

April 9, 2013

The Catalan government’s Institut d’Estudis Autonomics has awarded Jaime Lluch (JD 1989; PhD 2007, Political Science) the Vilaseca i Marcet book prize for his book, Visions of Sovereignty: Varieties of Minority Nationalism in Multinational Democracies. Visions of Sovereignty will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Series on Nationalism and Ethnicity, edited by Brendan O’Leary. Lluch is a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, where he teaches a seminar on constitutionalism and national pluralism. In addition, he has edited Constitutionalism and the Politics of Accommodation in Multinational Democracies, forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan. Based on a conference he organized at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, in 2011, this book is interdisciplinary, building intellectual bridges between comparative politics and comparative constitutional law. It aims to understand the constitutional and political factors that facilitate the accommodation of national diversity in multinational democracies.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Lluch earned his BA from Brown University. After completing his Juris Doctor at Yale Law School, he worked as an environmental law attorney for several years and then returned to Yale for his PhD. His dissertation, “Shades of Stateless Nationhood: Explaining Internal Variation in the Political Orientation of the National Movements of Quebec and Catalonia (1976-2005),” was advised by James C. Scott in the Political Science Department.

Lluch works on the politics of accommodation in multinational democracies, comparative federalism and comparative constitutionalism, models of multilevel governance and citizenship, European and EU politics, and migration and global  governance. Much of his work has been about the interdisciplinary study of federalism in multinational democracies, bridging the fields of comparative politics and constitutional law. He is also interested in citizenship, and race/ethnicity and multiculturalism.