I’m a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Luxemburg since October 2017. Before that, I earned my PhD in political science in 2016 at the University of Antwerp. In Antwerp I worked on the PartiRep-Project, an Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) funded by the Belgian Science Policy. My research interests focus primarily on representation, issue congruence between voters and political elites, and voter behavior. My doctoral dissertation studied the inequality in opinion congruence between privileged and underprivileged voters in Belgium. My work has been published in journals such as West European Politics, Electoral Studies, and Party Politics.
During my PhD, I did a three-month research stay, funded by the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), at the University of Leiden. I has also engaged in projects outside academia that focus on the linkage between voters and political elites, helping to develop the highly successful online voting advice applications (VAA) Stemtest and Test Électoral for the 2014 elections in Belgium. These VAAs are currently being used in high schools to help pupils familiarize with Belgian political parties and their policy positions.
At the University of Luxemburg, I’m working on the ERC-funded project titled “Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe“, in which my primary focus lies on how voters’ experiences of war and conflict affect their electoral behavior and choices.