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, the European Sociological Review, and Political Studies. 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 a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Utrecht University’s School of Governance, where I work with Barbara Vis. My project (funded by an Individual Fellowship) examines preferences for differentiated representation, seeking to uncover when and why citizens believe that certain societal groups should have their voices amplified or ignored in the policy process.
Prior to taking up my current position, I 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