Meet IMFG's Current Fellowship Winners
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IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2017-18 Award Winner

The Post-Doctoral fellowship recipient for 2017-18 is Matthew Lesch. Matthew is a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. He will be completing his Ph.D. this fall in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Matthew also holds an MA from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario. His research specializes in the study of comparative public policy. His main research interests include fiscal policy, taxation, environmental policy, policy learning and cognition, policy feedback effects, and policy diffusion. Matthew's current book project stems from research he completed for his doctoral dissertation on the politics of consumption tax reform in Canadian provinces. Drawing on a combination of case studies and survey experiments, the study explores why some general-interest tax policy changes become institutionalized, while others fail to. Matthew's previous research has been published in Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of Canadian Studies, and Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. 


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IMFG Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2017-18 Award Winner

Vanessa van den Boogaard is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the relationships between local taxation, development, and state-building in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC.) She holds a Master of Global Affairs, and has worked for the Institute of Development Studies, the Open Society Foundation, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Centre for Tax and Development, and the World Bank. She has led multi-method research projects in Sierra Leone, the DRC, Ghana, and Somalia, and currently serves as an Advisor to the Tax and Gender Program at the Institute of Development Studies and as a Junior Fellow at Massey College. 


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The Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

2017-18 Award Winner

Matthew Walshe is the recipient of the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance for 2017-2018. He is a doctoral student in economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in economics and finance, both from the University of Alberta. His research for IMFG will analyse the current climate of state-administered user fees in the United States, and its effect on constituent municipalities’ transportation financing decisions.

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