Associate Professor in Political Behavior

King's College London. 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/democratic rules. I study how rules shape the behavior of voters and parties, and how these actors shape rules in return. My overharching goal is to better understand people's experience of elections and democracy, and find ways to improve it.

I use a variety of quantitative methods in my research, but I'm particularly interested in surveys and experiments. Over the years, I’ve conducted a dozen of surveys/experiments, mostly in Western Europe, but also in Canada and Indonesia. To do so, I’ve been financially supported by the Montreal Centre for Democratic Citizenship, the British Academy, and the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique. I'm currently coordinating a inter-university consortium that has been formed to conduct a survey aimed at eliciting people's preference for political institutions in 15 Western 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.