I studied political science at the University of Tartu where I later managed national post-election surveys and taught various subjects in comparative politics. After defending my PhD, I applied my academic expertise for the benefit of the research service of the Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament. I joined UCL in 2007.
My main research interests are the political impact of country size and electoral and party politics - encompassing subjects such as electoral systems, new political parties, party system change, voting behaviour and cabinet stability. I mostly focus on post-communist political systems, but have also been interested in methodological questions and in whether the experiences of post-communist democracies can tell us something about politics in general, regardless of region or continent.