Manuela Hernandez

Manuela Hernandez
Mentor: Dr. Magda Giurcanu
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"You can only learn so much from textbooks, life outside the classroom is worth exploring. With some assistance from both Dr. Giurcanu and Dr. Kreppel I hope to further explore a topic that has fascinated me for a while; the European Union. Research is where minds extend the boundaries of the known, and start exploring into the unknown."


International Studies


German; French

Research Interests

  • European Parliament Elections
  • European Identity
  • Supranational Institutions

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange
  • Bob Graham Center for Leadership and Service Recipient
  • Jose Martin Scholarship


  • FLC Alumni
  • European Union Club
  • CLAS Ambassador


  • English Language Institute Volunteer
  • CIEE Alumni Volunteer
  • Boys and Girls Club

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling/Study Abroad
  • Languages
  • Cooking
  • Outdoors

Research Description

European Parliament Elections

Every five years the citizens of the European Union, about 508 million from 28 different countries, all have the opportunity to come out and vote for the European Parliament elections. The European Union is a supranational institution, with nothing in the world similar in scope or design. It has many institutions and bodies: European Commission, European Central Bank, European Court of Justice, European Council, Council of the EU, and the only directly elected institution, the European Parliament. Every country is allotted an amount of MEP's (members of the European Parliament) based on population. I will gather data from two newspapers from each of the following EU member states: the UK (the Telegraph and the Guardian), Germany (Süddeutsche and Die Welt), and France (Le Figaro and Le Monde) two months prior to the EP elections on May 25th. I want to analyze how domestic politics plays a role with the European elections, how national campaigns impact EU level elections, how European identity and inter-connectivity affect sentiment towards the EU elections, and how people view the importance and role of the EU in their everyday lives. There have been recent talks of referendums to exit the EU, mention of the depreciation of the Euro, and other euro-skeptics claim the end of the EU. These elections are garnering attention world-wide for the future of Europe.