I am a political scientist interested in unravelling some of the most important challenges facing the European continent today, such as Eurosceptcism, political fragmentation, migration and corruption. I work as a professor of politics at Bocconi University. In my current work I am trying to understand how economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas. This research project is entitled LOSS, and is funded through a Consolidator grant of the European Research Council.

My first book Euroscepticism and the Future of European integration (Oxford University Press) received the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Best Book in EU Studies Award, and made the top-5 books to read about Europe’s future of the Financial Times. The Financial Times writes: “Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration by Catherine E. De Vries is a groundbreaking analysis of European public opinion that explains how distinctive national conditions account for varying levels of Euroscepticism across the EU.” I am currently completing my second book book Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe forthcoming at Princeton University Press (Spring 2020) together with Sara Hobolt.

I have published numerous articles on topics spanning the fields of political behaviour, comparative European politics and political economy in journals including the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, and the the Journal of Politics. I also regularly provide commentary in outlets, such as Foreign Affairs, the Washington’s Post The Monkey Cage and the Dutch Het Financieele Dagblad among others.

Since 2015, I serve as the scientific advisor for eupinions funded by the Bertelsmann Foundation. eupinions is an independent platform for European public opinion. Through the eupinions platform, quarterly data is collected, analysed and commented to establish how the European public thinks about current political issues. Check out the eupinions website for more information.

You can also follow me on Twitter @CatherineDVries


Department of Social and Political Sciences
Bocconi University
Via Roentgen 1
20136 Milan
Email: catherine.devries[at]unibocconi.it
Twitter: @CatherineDVries