I am Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam (UvA).


My research interests comprise political communication, political behaviour, public opinion, journalism and legislative behaviour with a regional focus on the European Union. My work  addresses questions that concern the relationship between representatives and represented, and particularly the linking role of the media in that relationship, and thereby feeds into debates about the legitimacy and accountability of politics. I recently concluded a research project entitled ‘Facing Europe: The personalization of European Union politics in news coverage and its consequences for democracy’, which was funded by the  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). As part of the project, I prepared a book manuscript with the title ‘The personalization of politics in the European Union’, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. My publications have appeared in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, the International Journal of Press/Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, The Information Society, and West European Politics.

I am also affiliated with the Center for Politics and Communication (CPC) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES, formerly ACCESS EUROPE). At ACES, I am Co-Leader of the UvA Research Priority Area ‘Politics and Publics’ and Co-Leader of Theme ‘European Politics and Society’ at the UvA Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

I previously held postdoctoral positions at AScoR and at the Department of Public Administration and Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam as part of ACCESS EUROPE; and before that at the Jean Monnet Chair of Prof Wolfgang Wessels, Political Science Department, University of Cologne, where I was member of the former internationally collaborative research project ‘Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon’ (OPAL). I obtained my PhD in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012.

I am Associate Editor at Political Research Exchange (PRX) and member of the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group ‘Political Communication’, which I co-founded as a Research Network with Jonas Lefevere in 2017. I was also founding director of the Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA), which brought together scholars from 56 research and teaching institutes from all over Europe between 2013 and 2016.