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Catherine E. de Vries

Catherine de Vries

Contact: catherine.devries[at]

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I work as a Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex and serve as the Director of the Essex Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. I am also an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. Together with Bernard Steunenberg, Erik Voeten, Kristian Gleditsh and Scott McClurg I launched and edit a new open source journal in politics science, Research & Politics, dedicated to publishing short and accessible articles in an open source format and providing a outlet for replications of existing work.

I have recently completed the book Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration (forthcoming February 2018 with OUP). In my book I combine existing and new survey data with novel experiments to study preference heterogeneity about European integration and its ramifications for elections and referendums. Based on this evidence, I develop possible proposals for EU reform and rely on conjoint experiments to examine public preferences for reform. Advance praise suggests that it is "a superbly written, wonderfully perceptive, book, which will move the posts in the field of public opinion" (Liesbet Hooghe), and that "empirical analyses are superb both in characterizing public opinion and in the messy business of untangling what causes what" (Matthew Gabel).

Generally, I have a strong commitment to unraveling some of the most important societal and political problems facing Europe today, such as the ramifications of the Euro crisis, the rise of Euroscepticism, the success of extremist parties or political corruption. I use both observational and experimental (lab, survey and field) data to study these topics. For more information about my research, please feel free to contact me at catherine.devries[at], or check out my Research Page. I also aim to actively contribute to societal debate through making research findings accessible through blog posts and a data collection project with the Bertelsmann Foundation examining public opinion about European integration using survey and experiments. For more information please visit the EUpinions website. For my academic and social engagement, I was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013.

In 2014, I received the APSA Emerging Scholar Award for my contribution to the field of elections, public opinion and voting behaviour, the 2015 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for Best Paper in Women & Politics at the MPSA Conference, and was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for my academic and social engagement. For a curriculum vitae see my CV Page.

Next to research and teaching, I love photography. For a selection of recent pictures, see my flickr page.

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