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Department of Geography

Sam Nielson earns the Puchala fellowship

Geography grad student to continue his work on immigrant integration in Belgium

Belgium is an immigrant hub, Nielson explains, and national and local governments there enacted several "integration" laws over the past few years, including many after the March 2016 terror attacks in Brussels. His research uses these "integration" laws as a starting point in interviewing immigrants and native Belgian citizens to examine whether the laws' stated policies correspond with what the immigrants and citizens expect.

The Donald J. Puchala Graduate Fellowship is given to projects that focus on international relations theory or international institutions, a major focus of Professor Puchala’s research. Dr. Donald J. Puchala is the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of International Studies Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. Over the course of his forty-year career as a scholar and teacher, Dr. Puchala was a member of the faculties of the State University of New York, Columbia University and the University of South Carolina. The fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Professor Puchala’s students and friends.

Congratulations, Sam!

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