Franklin Grant Awarded

Gemma Sala, associate professor of political science, received a $6,000 Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society for her project, “The Right (Time) to Secede: Why Do Regional Nationalist Parties Demand a Referendum of Independence When They Do?” Her research explores how regional nationalist parties, such as the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Catalan Democratic Party, use referendums on independence to solidify their political positions. The grant will enable her to conduct archival research in Edinburgh and Montreal, as well as interview politicians and activists involved in Scottish and Quebecois referendums of independence.