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Professor and Chair in Political and Social Change, European University Institute

I earned my PhD in political science at Sciences Po, Paris and previously held academic appointments at the College of Europe, Bruges; University of Montreal, and University of Barcelona. I currently hold the Chair in Social and Political Change at the European University Institute while on academic leave from the University of Essex.

I specialise in political behaviour, party politics, and democratisation. Among other topics, I study why and when citizens (don't) vote or protest, and how different political and contextual factors (e.g., political regime change, institutional reform etc.) affect citizens' behaviour and attitudes (e.g., democratic satisfaction). Geographically, my research focuses on post-communist democracies, which I compare with older democratic polities in the West, or more recent democracies in other regions. My secondary geographic interest lies in Western Europe and, in particular, in French politics.

My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, or World Politics, and publicised in media outlets such as Le Monde, Washington Post, Radio Canada, France Inter, or Euroactiv.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Government, University of Essex


  • 2015 
    Sciences Po, Paris, PhD in Political Science