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. & 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-124 Introduction to political methodology

    In this module, we will examine how scholars come to `know¿ about important trends and dynamics in the contemporary political world, relating key political questions to the methods used to investigate them. Drawing on the research specialisms of different members of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, as well as invited speakers, students will be familiarised with key methodological approaches that are used by scholars to generate knowledge about politics and International Relations. The methodologies covered in the module will include quantitative approaches, with a focus on how scholars seek to measure the political world, as well as qualitative approaches including interviews, focus groups, archival research and ethnographic research. The goal of the module is to give students the conceptual and practical skills needed to become informed, critical consumers of research in politics and international relations so that they can draw intelligently on such research as their degree progresses.

  • PO-131 Introduction to Politics

    This module introduces students to the core concepts, intellectual and practical skills essential to the successful study of Politics and offers an opportunity to develop them by wrestling with big Politics questions. It primarily aims to develop students¿ ability to form a robust critical, evidence-based argument and to give them an opportunity to practice their debating and argumentation skills in a series of debates focusing on big questions and core concepts in Politics. Secondly, the module aims to improve students¿ practical academic skills, including research, presentation, referencing and academic writing skills ¿ all tailored to the study of Politics.

  • 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-3319 Researching Politics 1

    Researching Politics (RP) provides students with the skills that underlie the process of conducting and communicating cutting-edge research in Politics and International Relations. RP works by creating topic groups, each comprised of 8-10 students. Each group will follow a bespoke course set out by their topic tutor, guiding them through the literature in a substantive research area. Students are invited to select a list of preferred options in the first teaching week of the term. This list is then used to assign students to topics and group sessions run from the second week of teaching onwards. Alongside the topic-specific teaching, there is a general lecture series focusing on discovering, analysing and presenting complex information. The lecture series also focuses on dealing with the ups and downs of working as part of a team.

  • PO-3320 Researching Politics 2

    Researching Politics 2 (RP2) is the follow-on module from RP1 and it acts as the culmination for the subject knowledge and transferable skills developed in that module. RP2 puts the creative emphasis in the hands of the students, with the module convenor and topic tutors giving guidance and feedback to facilitate the realisation of research conceived, developed, executed and presented by students. In this way, it tries to approximate the worlds of further study and work into which students will be progressing following the completion of their degree schemes. It is a module where all of the summative assessments are comprised of group work, although individual marks can be varied depending on each student¿s performance. Students are also required to submit an individual self-assessment, detailing what they have learned about their own strengths and weaknesses on the basis of the sustained group work. In RP2, you will extend and deepen the research undertaken in RP1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources in your groups. These meetings will include several where the topic tutor provides guidance and feedback as well as those where the meetings are student-led.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • POA301 Parliamentary Studies project

    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

  • 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

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups