Associate Professor in Political Behavior

Department of Political Economy, KCLondon. 30 Aldwych Bush House NE Wing. London WC2B 4BG. UK

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I'm an Associate Professor in Political Behavior at King's College London. Prior to that, I studied and worked at the Université de Montréal and UCLouvain. I've also held visiting positions in the Paris School of Economics and European University Institute.

My research lies at the intersection of political behavior and comparative politics with a focus on elections and electoral rules. I study how rules shape the behavior of voters and parties, and how these actors shape rules in return. My overarching goal is to better understand people's experience of elections and democracy, and find ways to improve it. I also sometimes try to advance survey and experimental methods.

These last 10 years, I’ve conducted a dozen surveys and experiments (in the lab, in the field, and in surveys) in various countries, but mostly in Belgium, Canada, France, and the UK. To do so, I’ve been financially supported by various organizations including the  Montreal Centre for Democratic Citizenship (Canada), the British Academy (UK), and the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium). I'm currently leading an inter-university survey aims at eliciting people's preference for political institutions in 15 West European countries.

I'm a political scientist by training but I frequently collaborate with economists trying to bridge the two disciplines. Political scientists would say that I’m rational choice analysist, but economists would say that I’m behaviorist. I’m currently the Director of the Quantitative Political Economy Research Group at King’s College London, and the Convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Comparative Political Institutions.