My research investigates the interplay between public opinion and policy, with a special focus on marginalised groups and the welfare state. Some of the questions I’ve explored include: What factors shape the relationship between societal insiders and outsiders? How can we best understand social policy preferences? And what drives welfare state reform?
My studies have been published in journals such as Socio-Economic Review, Political Psychology, and Political Behavior. You can also find discussions of my research in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Le Monde.
PhD in Political Science, 2014
MSc in Comparative Politics, 2007
London School of Economics and Political Science
BA in Political Science and Law & Society, 2006
I am currently Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Prior to taking up my current position, I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Utrecht University’s School of Governance, where I worked with Barbara Vis. I also held a 3-year Assistant Professorship in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University in affiliation with the UNIWEL (Universalism and the Welfare State) research project. My PhD (2014) is from McGill University’s Department of Political Science, where I was supervised by Stuart Soroka.
Inflated figures, inflated opposition: how claims about welfare benefit levels affect public opinion