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


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, a group of talented 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.

📄 Curriculum vitae

Research Themes


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?

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

. The Netherlands: The reinvention of consensus democracy. In: Elisabetta De Giorgi and Gabriella Ilonszki (Eds.) Opposition Parties in European Legislatures: Conflict or Consensus?, Abingdon and New York: Routledge., 2018.

Project View Chapter

. Parliamentary Questions as Strategic Party Tools. West European Politics, 41(2): 496-516, 2018.

PDF Code Dataset Project DOI

. Estimating Uncertainty in Party Policy Positions Using the Confrontational Approach. Political Science Research and Methods, 6(1): 197-209, 2018.

Code Dataset DOI Accepted Manuscript


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.


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

More Talks

De Stem des Volks
November 16, 2018 13:00
Helpen stemhulpen?
October 16, 2018 12:30
Data in Representative Democracy
July 3, 2018 09:00
Parlementaire oppositie: overal en nergens?
May 18, 2018 13:15
Beyond rigour: increasing the public relevance of political science and public administration
November 9, 2017 10:30