I am Dean of Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University. I care deeply about diversity and inclusion in academia in Europe and beyond. Next to academic service, I am extremely passionate about political science research and teaching. As a political scientist, I examine some of the key challenges facing the European continent today, such as Euroscepticism, political fragmentation, migration and corruption. Currently, I am working on research project (LOSS), funded through a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council, which examines the conditions under which economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas. Check out my Financial Times Master Class for more insight on my research about European politics:
Throughout my career, I have published three books in addition to a large array of research papers. 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 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, as a member of European Integration Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. 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.
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