I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Click here for summaries of my research findings in these four fields:

1) political strategy

2) populism and personality

3) emotions

4) welfare policies

You can access my papers on the bio + publications page. You’ll find some info on ongoing projects in the posts below.

I am also co-director of the Hot Politics Lab. Check this website for my recent work on emotions, strategy and personality in the lab.

I am a co-founder and commentator on stukroodvlees.nl, a Dutch political science blog. You can read my posts on that website.

Five paper presentations at MPSA

Five of my papers will be presented at MPSA (April 5-8) by me or my co-authors. [I will update links to papers and slides in the next days]

1. Experimental Evidence of Loss Aversion Among Swedish Politicians (with Patrik Ohberg). The paper shows that Swedish politicians desire more change in the party’s ideology and strategy when the polls indicate that their party is losing. You can view the paper here and find the slides here. Presentation: April 5, 8.00-9.30.

2. Ideological Differences in the Negativity Bias? Evidence from four replication studies across two political contexts (with Bert Bakker and Kevin Arceneaux). This paper evaluates the link between the negativity bias and ideology. Presentation: April 5, 15:00-16:30.

3. Hot Politics. Physiological Responses to Political Communication (with Bert Bakker and Matthijs Rooduijn). This paper analyzes physiological responsiveness to different political messages about immigration, EU, climate and inequality. Click here for the slides. Presentation: April 6, 11:30-13.00.

4. Explaining Personalization in Politics. Is it strategy, fashionable or personality driven? (with Sander Kunst). The paper analyzes personalization by politicians in Danish and Dutch party congress speeches. Our main conclusion is that personalization is more of personal preference, rather than a time trend.  You can view the paper here. Presentation: April 7, 11:30-13.00.

5. Liberals Lecture, Conservatives Communicate. A cross-national, cross-temporal analysis of linguistic complexity and ideology in 381475 speeches by EU politicians (with Martijn Schoonvelde, Bert Bakker and Anna Brosius). The paper shows that progressive politicians (liberals) use more complex rhetoric than conservative politicians, across time and countries. You can view the paper here. Presentation: April 8, 11:30-13.00.