I am a professor of political science at Bocconi University and am Research Associate at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. My research focuses on some of the key challenges facing the European continent today, such as Eurosceptcism, political fragmentation, migration and corruption. In my current work, I examine how economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas. This research project (LOSS) is funded through a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council.

Over the years, I have published numerous books and 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.

My first book Euroscepticism and the Future of European integration (Oxford University Press) received the European Union Studies Association Best Book in EU Studies Award, and was listed in the Financial Times top-5 books to read about Europe’s future. My second book book Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, co-authored with Sara Hobolt, was published with Princeton University Press this year.

In 2014, I was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Section of the American Political Science Association, and in 2015, the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for Best Paper in Women and Politics of the Midwest Political Science Association. For my societal impact, I was selected a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Next to research, I regularly provide commentary in popular outlets and am a columnist for the Dutch Het Financieele Dagblad. I also 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