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Stijn van Kessel

Lecturer in Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Stijn van Kessel joined Queen Mary in September 2017. Previously, he was Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University (2012-2017). Between October 2013 and September 2015 he was based at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany, to carry out a postdoctoral research project funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He also held visiting teaching positions in the Netherlands at the Radboud University Nijmegen and the VU University Amsterdam (2011-2012).

Stijn completed a BSc (2005) and MSc (2006) in Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam, and defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Sussex in 2011.

Stijn’s main research interests are populism, Euroscepticism, and the ideology, voters, members and electoral performance of populist parties in Europe, with a particular emphasis on the radical right. More general interests include elections, party competition, party system change in Europe, and related questions of democratic legitimacy.

Stijn is joint convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy, and joint editor of the journal Politics.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Politics, Loughborough University