I am a visiting professor in the Political Studies Division (DEP) of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico. Previously, I held positions as an FSR Fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), an NU Fellow at Northwestern University (USA), an Adjunct Lecturer (ATER) and Research Fellow at Sciences Po Paris (France), a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of Vienna (Austria).
I received my PhD from Sciences Po Paris in 2013 with the dissertation entitled “Trans-national diffusion patterns between West European far right parties: Towards a systematic framework of analysis”. I received the highest mention, with unanimous congratulations of the jury. I hold additional degrees from Marquette University (USA) and the University of Antwerp (BE).
My primary research agenda has two principal axes. First, in line with my dissertation research, I continue to examine the development of populism and political extremism, as well as the challenges they provide to (liberal) democracy. I am interested in the development of a comprehensive explanatory framework of both these concepts, including variables and processes, dynamics and structures, and long- and short-term components. Second, I am interested in the number, form and content of the political space’s dimensionality, and this on different analytical levels, throughout time and across Europe. I am interested how different issues (dimensions) characterise the political space (number), what the causal relations between the different dimensions are (form), and what the substantive constructions are of these dimensions (content). I am particularly interested whether we can really speak of a right-wing shift (droitisation) of politics and society, and if so, how we can explain this. Finally, a number of my side-projects integrate the analysis of different forms of inequality, both within and between representation (elite) and participation (mass), and how contextual factors can explain inequalities.
Currently, my academic contributions have appeared, or are forthcoming, in a number of edited volumes and the journals Acta Politica, Comparative European Politics, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Societies, the Journal of Future Studies, and Public Opinion Quarterly. I am also the co-author (w/ Pascal Perrineau) of the forthcoming book “The current state of affairs: Far right parties in Western Europe” (Palgrave). In addition, I am continuously commissioned by public and private organisations to write reports and I provide regular comments and feedback for media outlets.
I am currently also a Research Fellow in the project ‘Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies’ (PATHWAYS, ORA+/ANR) and one of the co-investigators and coordinator of BE-PATHWAYS, the Belgian implementation and expansion of the PATHWAYS project.