I am Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam.
My research interests comprise political communication, political behaviour, public opinion and legislative behaviour with a regional focus on the European Union. My work feeds into debates about the legitimacy and accountability of politics. I am currently leading a research project entitled ‘Facing Europe: The personalization of European Union politics in news coverage and its consequences for democracy’, which is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). As part of the project, I am preparing a book manuscript, which is under contract 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 European Public Policy, and West European Politics.
I am also affiliated with the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE) and the Center for Politics and Communication (CPC). I was previously postdoctoral researcher for ACCESS EUROPE; and before that postdoc 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 the Convenor 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 56 research and teaching institutes from all over Europe between 2013 and 2016. I am member of the advisory board of the LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series (LEQS), published by the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science.