I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Before I came to Dublin, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University, where I also obtained my Master's and PhD degree.

My main areas of interest include political representation, parliaments, political parties, elections, polls and voting advice applications.

In 2011 I defended my PhD thesis on the democratic mandate of political parties in Great Britain and the Netherlands, which I wrote at Leiden University.

I am teaching in the field of comparative politics, research methods and statistics. Most of my undergraduate teaching materials can be found on Blackboard. Some material is available here.

Blogs & Opinion Poll Aggregation
I regularly contribute to the political science weblogs StukRoodVlees.nl and The Irish Politics Forum. The Dutch public broadcaster NOS publishes my  my aggregation of Dutch national opinion polls, called 'Peilingwijzer' (Polling Indicator). My Irish Polling Indicator, is published regularly on politicalreform.ie.

ECPR Standing Groups on Parliaments Election

The ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments will elect a new Steering Committee and I am a candidate.

I have been participating in the SGs activities for a couple of years and I would look forward to the possibility of contributing to the organisation of its activities as a member of the Steering Committee. I believe that the new structure with a five-person steering group will enable us to give full attention to each of our major activities, including our bi-annual conference, summer school and ECPR conference sessions.

In particular, I hope and expect that my experience in conference and workshop organisation in my current and previous positions, will be of benefit to further strengthening the standing group’s profile in this area. Moreover, I believe that our online presence can be further enhanced to promote contact between our members, especially including new and emerging scholars.

Please consider giving me a high preference vote. Members of the Standing Group should have received an email link they can use for voting (before 23 April 2015). Get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter if you would like to discuss this with me further.