Lecturer
Political and Cultural Studies
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I have arrived at Swansea University from the University of Exeter where I held a position of a Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences. I also hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham.

My research interests include political participation and representation of under-represented groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities in Western democracies, especially in Britain. I am also interested in how identity-based predictors shape the political attitudes and behaviours of political elites and members of public. I predominantly use quantitative and mixed methods methodologies in my research and apply them to analyse survey and text data.

My teaching and supervision overlap with my research interest and are informed by my previous and current research.

Areas of Expertise

  • political representation
  • legislative behavior
  • parliamentary studies
  • minority studies
  • political participation
  • elections and voting
  • quantitative methods
  • British politics

Publications

  1. Does religion count for religious parliamentary representation? Evidence from Early Day Motions. The Journal of Legislative Studies 22(1), 129-152.
  2. Substantive Religious Representation in the UK Parliament: Examining Parliamentary Questions for Written Answers, 1997–2012. Parliamentary Affairs 70(1), 111-131.
  3. Muslims in Parliament: A myth of futility. In Muslims and Political Participation in Britain. (pp. 215-236).
  4. (2016). Local Elections in England, 2015. (UK Data Service).

Teaching

  • PO-100 How Politics and IR count

    There are many indicators in Politics and IR that try to express in numerical form some information about countries. Similar to University league tables, such indicators allow us to compare for instance how well particular countries have accomplished specific goals (Human development index, gender development index, etc.) or to judge the quality of their institutions (Varieties of Democracy, Freedom House, etc.). But what is an indicator, how are these compiled and above all, by whom? In this module you will become acquainted with the purpose of quantification, its pitfalls, and advantages. We will discuss what data is, what to watch out for in measurement, and explore public opinions surveys and the use of social media such as twitter in data generation. By the end of the module you will know how to summarize data, interpret data in tabular and graphical form and have gained a solid understanding of the most common data used by governments, international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, and scholars to analyze questions in human development, comparative politics, conflict studies and international relations. Hence, at the end of the module you will feel more comfortable around numbers and will be a knowledgeable and confident consumer of numerical information.

  • PO-125 What is Politics and International Relations?

    This module has two aims. Firstly, the module will introduce students to a set of key study skills needed in order to undertake the study of Politics and International Relations, including ways of presenting arguments in essays or seminar presentations, learning where and how to find information needed to construct arguments about politics and IR, and provide a brief introduction to some of the methods that political scientists use to study the world of politics and IR. Secondly, it seeks to introduce students to different frameworks through which politics and IR can be studied by focusing on the deceptively simple question of what is politics and IR?

  • PO-209 The State and Political Institutions

    This module allows participants to explore and scrutinize some of the key contemporary debates on the state and political institution within the framework of comparative political science ¿ or comparative politics. Comparative politics involves describing, comparing, and explaining political phenomena around the world. It asks questions such as how do different countries¿ political systems compare to one another and why are they similar or different? Why are some countries democratic while others are authoritarian? How do states become democratic? What effect does having a presidential form of government rather than a parliamentary one have on public policy outputs? How do rules for elections differ across countries and what effects do they have on politics? Why do some countries have a multiparty political system while others have a two-party system? This course will help you answer these questions and will provide you with the tools to tackle more complex questions in comparative politics. Rather than studying a handful of countries in detail, we will concentrate on taking a scientific approach to studying comparative politics. We will emphasize important concepts, theories, and empirical questions and research findings. You will have the opportunity to focus on politics in one specific country (see country assignments below). However, the goal is not to make you experts on specific countries, but rather to give you the tools to study countries comparatively and help you to understand why politics looks the way it does around the world.

  • PO-3121 Parliamentary Studies

    Parliamentary Studies is delivered in partnership between academic staff in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies and Parliamentary officials from the Westminster Parliament Education Outreach Team. Swansea is one of only thirteen universities in the UK sanctioned to provide this module, with the support of the Clerks of the House of Commons and House of Lords. The module combines coverage of theoretical, historical and contemporary research on the role and operation of the UK Parliament with detailed insights of the workings of Parliament and its relations with other parliamentary institutions. This includes coverage of such issues as the role of select committees and House of Lords reform, as well as the relationships between the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The module includes tuition both by lecturers in the department and officials from the Parliament Education Outreach Team. It also includes a field trip to the UK Parliament.

  • PO-M84 Gender and the Social Sciences

    Gender and the Social Sciences is a key module for the MA in Gender and Culture programme. It explores the main feminist approaches applied in Politics and International Relations and evaluates their contribution to the field of social sciences. The module also considers cultural interpretations and accommodations of gender in the society starting from the origins of gender roles to how they manifest across social sciences in such areas as household, work, media, political and social conflict, local and national politics. Examining these case studies will enable students to understand the complexities of interpreting practices of responding to gender in a globalised world, as well as focusing on the issues of gender and cross-sectional inequality more generally.

  • POA301 Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

    The Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies provides an opportunity for students who have undertaken the module, Parliamentary Studies, to do further sustained study on one aspect of parliamentary studies. Students will receive academic supervision and feedback from within the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, and will receive advice on accessing primary and printed sources from members of the Houses of Parliament Education Outreach Team.

Supervision

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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2017 Present Lecturer in Comparative Politics Swansea University
2016 2017 Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences University of Exeter
2014 2016 Associate Lecturer/Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods University of Exeter
2011 2014 PT Tutor in Politics University of Nottingham

External Responsibilities

  • Academic Support Worker for students with learning difficulties, Academic Support, University of Nottingham

    2011 - 2014

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups