My research focuses on political representation, party competition, political communication, public opinion, quantitative text analysis, and the application of computer vision techniques. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Political Communication, Political Science Research and Methods, and the European Journal of Political Research, among others.
I am a founding member of the Connected_Politics Lab, a non-resident fellow at the Digital Democracy Lab at the University of Zurich, a member of the UCD Energy Institute, co-author of the quanteda R package, and maintainer of the Irish Polling Indicator.
2021. “Gender, Candidate Emotional Expression, and Voter Reactions During Televised Debates.” American Political Science Review online first (with Constantine Boussalis, Travis G. Coan, and Mirya R. Holman).
2021. “The Temporal Focus of Campaign Communication.” The Journal of Politics online first.
2021. “Social Media and Political Agenda Setting.” Political Communication online first (with Fabrizio Gilardi, Theresa Gessler, and Maël Kubli).
2021. “Voter Expectations of Government Formation in Coalition Systems: The Importance of the Information Context.” European Journal of Political Research online first (with Shaun Bowler and Gail McElroy).
2021. “The Incumbency Advantage in Second-Order PR Elections: Evidence from the Irish Context, 1942–2019.” Electoral Studies 71: 102331 (with Michael Jankowski).
2021. “Social Media and Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Switzerland.” Swiss Political Science Review 27(2): 243–256 (with Fabrizio Gilardi, Theresa Gessler, and Maël Kubli).
2020. “Media Coverage of Campaign Promises Throughout the Electoral Cycle.” Political Communication 37(5): 696–718.
2020. “The Electoral Cycle Effect in Parliamentary Democracies.” Political Science Research and Methods 8(4): 795–802 (with Tom Louwerse).
2020. “Campaigns and the Selection of Policy-Seeking Representatives.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 45(3): 397–431 (with Shaun Bowler and Gail McElroy).
2019. “Do Voters Really Prefer More Choice? Determinants of Support for Personalised Electoral Systems.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 29(2): 262–281 (with Michael Jankowski).
2018. “quanteda: An R Package for the Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data.” Journal of Open Source Software 3(30): 774 (with Kenneth Benoit, Kohei Watanabe, Haiyan Wang, Paul Nulty, Adam Obeng, and Akitaka Matsuo).
2018. “Voter Preferences and Party Loyalty under Cumulative Voting: Political Behaviour after Electoral Reform in Bremen and Hamburg.” Electoral Studies 51: 93–102 (with Shaun Bowler and Gail McElroy).
2018. “Assessing the Influence of Neutral Grounds on Match Outcomes.” International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport 18(6): 892–905 (with Liam Kneafsey).
Evidence for the Irrelevance of Irrelevant Events. Political Science Research and Methods: conditionally accepted (with Liam Kneafsey).
Building Research Infrastructures to Study Digital Technology and Politics: Lessons from Switzerland. PS: Political Science & Politics: conditionally accepted (with Fabrizio Gilardi, Lucien Baumgartner, Clau Dermont, Karsten Donnay, Theresa Gessler, Maël Kubli, and Lucas Leemann).
Are Irish Voters Moving to the Left? Irish Political Studies: conditionally accepted (with Aidan Regan).
Explaining (In)Congruence Between Politicians' Campaign Promises and Subsequent Legislative Priorities (with Naofumi Fujimura).
The Politics of Nostalgia in Europe (with Sven-Oliver Proksch).
Retrospective and Prospective Issue Responsiveness (with Theres Matthieß).
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2021: Quantitative Text Analysis using R and quanteda, University of Hamburg.
2020: Creating and Hosting an Academic Personal Website Using Hugo and GitHub, Connected_Politics Lab, University College Dublin (with Natalia Umansky).
2020: Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic and Textual Analysis and Data Visualisation using R, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (with Theresa Gessler).
2020: Reproducible Research with Git and GitHub, Connected_Politics Lab, University College Dublin.
2020: Wrangling and Visualising Data Using R, Connected_Politics Lab, University College Dublin.
2019: Quantitative Text Analysis for Absolute Beginners, POLTEXT Pre-Conference Events, Tokyo.
2019: Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis, Kobe University.
2019: An Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis Using R and quanteda, Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern.
2019: Quantitative Text Analysis, University of Düsseldorf.
2019: An Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis Using R and quanteda, University of Bergen.
2018: An Introduction to the Quanteda Package for Quantitative Text Analysis, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
2018: Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis Using R, Methods Center of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences.
2018: Introduction to Quantitative Text Analysis Using Quanteda, WZB Berlin Social Science Center (with Kohei Watanabe).
2017: Data Wrangling and Visualisation Using R, Trinity Research in Social Science.
The Irish Polling Indicator is a joint project with Tom Louwerse. We combine all opinion polls for the Dáil Éireann into daily estimates of public support for Irish parties. The website of the Polling Indicator provides various interactive graphs and detailed information on the underlying method.
The figure below (updated automatically after the release of new polls) summarises the most recent estimates of party support.
|2020–||Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow
University College Dublin
– School of Politics and International Relations
– Connected_Politics Lab (founding member)
|2019–2020||Senior Researcher (Oberassistent)
University of Zurich, Department of Political Science
|2015–2019||PhD in Political Science
Trinity College Dublin, Department of Political Science
|2017–2018||Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics
Trinity College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Statistics
|2014–2015||Master of Science in Politics and Public Policy
Trinity College Dublin, Department of Political Science
|2011–2014||Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology
University of Bonn, Department of Political Science and Sociology
|2020–||University of Zurich, Digital Democracy Lab|
|2019||Kobe University, Graduate School of Law|
|2019||Trinity College Dublin, Department of Political Science|
|2018||EUROLAB at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne|