Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Leiden University, the Netherlands. My main areas of interest include political representation, parliaments, political parties, elections, polls and voting advice applications.

Foto: Monique Shaw

Foto: Monique Shaw

Career

I studied political science at Leiden University, obtaining my Master’s degree (cum laude) in 2006 and my PhD in 2011. Part of my PhD research was completed at the University of Nottingham, where I was a guest PhD researcher in 2008. My PhD thesis, written under supervision of Prof. Rudy Andeweg and Dr Huib Pellikaan deals with the the democratic mandate of political parties in Great Britain and the Netherlands. This dissertation was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize.

After I completed my dissertation, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Political Legitimacy research profile area at Leiden, a multi-disciplinary project involving history, law, political science and public administration. In addition, I taught at the Institute of Political Science.

From September 2013 to December 2015 I held the position of Assistant Professor in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. My responsibilities included teaching courses in research methods and statistics as well as comparative politics. I was Director of the M.Sc. in Politics & Public Policy in 2014-2015.

Current role

In January 2016 I took up the position of Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) of Political Science at Leiden University. Currently, I am teaching statistics to undergraduate students, a thesis seminar project for postgraduates and a seminar course on representation and parliamentary politics.

I fulfil various professional service roles. I am Convenor of the Standing Group on Parliaments, one of the largest and most active specialist groups within the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). I am chair of the Young Academy Leiden, an interdisciplinary group of young researchers at Leiden University. In the V-Dem Project, I act as Regional Manager for Western Europe.

In 2017 and 2018, I co-organized the Dutch Flemish Political Science conference Politicologenetmaal with Hans Vollaard, Corinna Jentzsch and Nicolas Blarel in Leiden. In 2019, I will co-organize the Standing Group on Parliaments Conference in Leiden with Rudy Andeweg, Tim Mickler and Cynthia van Vonno.

My outreach activities include polling aggregation in the Netherlands, published by the public broadcaster NOS, and Ireland. I am a co-founder of and contributor to the Dutch political science weblog Stuk Rood Vlees.

In September 2015 I received the Emerging Scholars Award from the Organized Section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association.

My work is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2018, together with Prof. Thomas Zittel and Prof. Rosie Campbell, I obtained a grant in the Open Research Area (ORA) for your project “The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment”. In 2019, I was awarded an NWO Vidi grant for my research project “Who opposes? Explaining government-opposition cooperation in parliament and its consequences for democratic legitimacy”.

📄 Curriculum vitae

Research Themes and Projects

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The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment

This project investigates the viability, and conditions of, dyadic forms of representation in established European democracies

Political Representation: Linking Citizens and Representatives

Are representatives doing what people want?

Polling Aggregation

Peilingwijzer and the Irish Polling Indicator pool Dutch and Irish opinion polls respectively

Voting Advice Applications

VAAs help voters during elections. I study their design.

Parliaments: rules and behaviour

How do MPs and parties behave in parliament?

Teaching

Currently teaching (2018-2019):

Blogs & popular publications

I am a regular contributer to Stuk Rood Vlees, a Dutch-language political science weblog. Please find an overview of my contributions here. Before April 2013, my blogs were published here.

A list of other recent popular publications and blogs is available here.

Media

Interviews and mentions

I regularly share my research findings and observations regarding current events in media interviews with national and international outlets, including BBC World, Bloomberg, BNR, NOS, NRC Handelsblad, RTE, Volkskrant & ZDF.

A full list of recent interviews and mentions is available here

Recent & Upcoming Talks

As an introduction to the Haagse Tafeltjesavond, organised by SIB (Studievereniging voor Internationale Betrekkingen), I offered a …

De Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen organiseert deze middag haar 1e alumni event met het thema de uitwisseling tussen wetenschap en …

The relationship between politicians and citizens is at the core of representative democracy, but any number of organizations desire …

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