I am a Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Before moving to Glasgow, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. I previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen on the project GovLis. I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford, where I was a member of 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 apply quantitative methods in my analyses and focus predominantly on Europe. Most of my work follows one of three broad themes:
1) The effects of policy representation on citizens' political support and engagement
2) Policy representation in Europe and its explanations
3) Inequalities in policy representation and political orientations between social groups
In my DPhil thesis, I show that citizens whose policy priorities receive more attention from political elites are more satisfied with democracy and more likely to turn out in elections. I place particular emphasis on individual-level and contextual variation in these relationships. 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 currently extend this research by analysing how issue priorities affect how citizens form their perceptions of representation.
Together with my co-authors in 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 range 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 research of the role of public opinion in the lobbying success of interest groups has been published in Comparative Political Studies.
I also study inequality in political representation and political orientations between different social groups. Specifically, I am interested in whether women's preferences are mirrored in poublic policy to the same degree as men's, and what explains differences. I furthermore investigate the role of disability in political attitudes and electoral politics. I ask questions such as: Are citizens with disabilities less engaged in the political process, and how can we explain differences between individuals and countries? How do voters perceive politicians with disabilities?
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.
School of Government & Public Policy
McCance Building, Office MC441
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom