Kim Gabbitas, OUR Grant Awardee, Wins Publication & Travel Award

Kim Gabbitas and mentor Tobias Hofman.

Kim Gabbitas, OUR Travel Grant Awardee, recently presented her research on Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism at the 15th Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union on April 6 – 7, 2017. This annual conference is hosted by the European Union Center of California at Scripps College and attended by students from universities all over the US and Canada.

Kim’s paper was selected as one of the best papers at the conference for publication in the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference Journal (an open access journal and compiles outstanding research papers by undergraduate students presented at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union) by participating faculty discussants and the EU Center staff.

In addition, Kim is one of two recipients of a travel award sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley to participate in the five-day EU visit program in June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The program, which is coordinated by the Network of EU Centers of Excellence, gives students and teachers the opportunity to experience EU institutions and policymaking up close.

Kim’s conference paper develops a theoretical link between the declining influence of blue-collar unions and support for populist movements in European Union member states before statistically testing the empirical implications of her argument using European Values Survey data.

Kim’s research has been supervised by her faculty mentor, Dr. Tobias Hofmann, who also attended the conference as a volunteer panel chair, discussant, and judge. Kim and Dr. Hofmann acknowledge the generous support of the University of Utah’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Department of Political Science.

Congratulations, Kim!

View Kim’s award-winning paper, Trade Union Trade-Offs: Unions, Voters, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism, online on The European Union Center of California, Scripps College website at

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