Hello and Welcome!

I am a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, working with Dr. Martijn Schoonvelde on WP6 of the Horizon2020 OPTED Project.

l have a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. My research interests include Comparative Party Politics, Candidate Selection, Coalition Formation, Western European Politics, British Politics, and Israeli Politics. Focusing on political parties, I seek to understand both their internal functions and their interaction with one another in party systems.

Along my work in the OPTED project, I am currently working on publishing my dissertation project entitled Parties’ Group Appeals and Their Implications for Inter- and Intra-Party Behavior. In this project, which joins the developing scholarship on group appeals, I provide a new defintion of the concept and examine it from the perspective of political representation. Using a novel dataset that is both across time and across space, I compare parties’ group appeals in manifestos, print campaign ads and parties’ names. In the second part of the dissertation, I use parties’ group appeals as a continuous, independent variable to examine patterns of coalition formation and choice of intra-party candidate selection methods.

In this Political Studies Association blog post: The State of Israeli Politics: Elections and Group Appeals, I discuss the current state of Israeli politics as the country heads for its fourth general election in 24 months and the concept of group appeals, reflecting on its usefullness for understanding politics.

In this LSE Government blog post: What do parties say and who do they say it to? Election campaigns as more than just policy appeals, I lay out the argument for considering not just parties’ policy positions but also who they direct messages towards when they campaign.