I am Dean of Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University. I am a political scientist who examines the key challenges facing the European continent today, such as Euroscepticism, political fragmentation, migration and corruption. At Bocconi, I am also a Research Associate at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, the CLEAN Unit for the Economic Analysis of Crime of the BAFFI-CAREFIN research center and the Bocconi COVID crisis lab. In my current work, I examine the conditions under which economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas. This research project (LOSS) is funded through a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council.

I have published three books. 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 Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, co-authored with Sara Hobolt, was published with Princeton University Press in 2020. It was featured in the Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog and Politico. My third book Foundations of European Politics: A Comparative Approach, co-authored with Sara Hobolt, Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan Slapin, is an unique textbook presenting students with a coherent analytic approach that can be used to understand both national and EU-level policy-making in Europe.

Next to books, I have also 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, the Journal of Politics and International Organization. Together with Seth Jolly, I host the European Politics Online Workshop.

For my societal impact, I was selected a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2013. 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.

Next to research, I regularly provide commentary in newspaper 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.

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