I am a Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Before moving to Glasgow in 2017, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen on the project GovLis. I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College). I also hold an MSc in Comparative Politics (Democracy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen.
My research interests are at the intersection between comparative politics and political behaviour. I use quantitative methods and focus predominantly on Europe. My work is structured around three main themes.
1) The effects of policy representation on citizens' political support and engagement
In my doctoral research, I showed that citizens whose policy priorities receive more attention from political elites are more satisfied with democracy and more likely to turn out in elections. These findings highlight that it is important to citizens that not only their policy positions but also their policy priorities are reflected by representatives. This work has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. You can find my blog post about the EJPR article in democratic audit UK.
I am currently extending this research into two directions. First, how do issue priorities interact with policy positions when citizens form their perceptions of representation (with Zac Greene)? Second, does satisfaction with democracy react to changes in ideological congruence over time (with Heinz Brandenburg and Rob Johns)?
2) Policy representation in Europe
Together with my colleagues from the GovLis project, I investigate the link between public opinion and public policy in Europe. One innovative aspect of this project is the focus on a diverse set of specific policy issues, from the minimum wage to adoption by same-sex couples. We investigate a range of potential prerdictors of policy representation, including political institutions and civil society engagement. Our findings on the (non-)effects of institutions are published in the European Journal of Political Research (with Anne Rasmussen and Dimiter Toshkov). We also studied how public opinion and interest groups interact to influence public policy and have published our findings in Comparative Political Studies (with Anne Rasmussen and Lars Mäder).
3) Inequality in political engagement and representation between social groups
I am also interested in inequality in political representation and political orientations between different social groups. In a recent article in the European Political Science Review, I show that women's preferences are not mirrored in public policy to the same degree as men's across Europe. Furthermore, I investigate the role of disability in political attitudes and electoral politics. In a study recently published in Political Behavior, I analyse the disability gaps in political orientations in Europe and some of their potential explanations. The conclusions are summarised in this blog post. In addition to disabled voters, I also study disabled politicians. Linking data on citizen and elite preferences, I investigate whether politicians with disabilities better represent the views of citizens with disabilities. In a project funded by a Research Incentive Grant from the Carnegie Trust, I study how voters perceive politicians with disabilities by using conjoint experiments. Finally, I am currently working on a project for the UK Government Equalities Office together with Elizabeth Evans, in which we study the barriers to elected office that disabled people face in the UK. The project also involves evaluating the EnAble Fund, which supports disabled candidates in England run their election campaigns.
At Strathclyde, I am teaching the Quantitative Methods II course in the Master's programme. Previously I have taught and assisted in teaching quantitative research methods, political sociology, and comparative politics at the University of Oxford, the European University Institute, and the Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis.
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University of Strathclyde
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