Catherine is a Westdijk Chair and Professor of Political Behaviour in Europe in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also serves as the co-director of the VU Interdisciplinary Center for European Studies (VICES). Previously, she held professorships at the University of Oxford, Essex and Geneva as well as visiting posts at the University of Mannheim, Vienna and the European University Institute. She sits on the editorial board of Acta Politica, Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, the Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods.In 2014, Catherine received the American Political Science Association Emerging Scholar Award for her contribution to the field of elections, public opinion and voting behaviour in 2014 and was selected a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Over the years, Catherine work has appeared in leading political science journals, such as the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. Recently, she published her latest book with Oxford University Press. The book received the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Best Book in EU Studies Award in 2019. It develops a benchmark theory of public opinion towards European integration and suggests that people’s views about Europe are intrinsically linked to the national benchmarks employed. The praise for the book for example by Professor Matthew Gabel from the University of Washington at St Louis highlights that “[t]his is a superbly written, wonderfully perceptive, book, which will move the posts in the field of public opinion” and its “findings are sure to provide valuable grist for the mill for politicians, EU officials, and journalist interested in making sense of, addressing, and perhaps even exploiting contemporary public resistance to the EU.”
Catherine’s work is situated in four main areas: 1) understanding popular involvement and contestation with and within the EU, 2) changes in political preference formation and party competition in Europe, 3) the political consequences of financial remittance flows, and 4) corruption and accountability. When it comes to contestation in the EU, she has published over a dozen of academic articles on these topics and a monograph with Oxford University Press.
Next to teaching and research, Catherine tries to contribute to public debate through advice and commentary based on my research findings. Together with the Bertelsmann Foundation, I set up the platform eupinions to understand contours in public opinion in Europe. She has also contribute to general interest magazines like Foreign Affairs or blogs like the Monkey Cage or Social Europe.