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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. & Praying on Brexit? Unpicking the Effect of Religion on Support for European Union Integration and Membership. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
  2. & Mandates matter: how decisive victories enhance expectations about government performance. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 1-20.
  3. Substantive Religious Representation in the UK Parliament: Examining Parliamentary Questions for Written Answers, 1997–2012. Parliamentary Affairs 70(1), 111-131.
  4. & The politics of heroes through the prism of popular heroism. British Politics, 1-23.
  5. Does religion count for religious parliamentary representation? Evidence from Early Day Motions. The Journal of Legislative Studies 22(1), 129-152.

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Teaching

  • 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-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

Supervision

  • Understanding electoral memes within democratic discourse and political campaigns (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • Electoral Context is King: Uncertainty Surrounding the Prediction of Elections (current)

    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

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