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Alexander H. Trechsel

Head of Department

Swiss Chair Professor in Federalism and Democracy

Alexander TrechselAlexander Trechsel is Professor of Political Science and currently Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the EUI.

He is also the first full-time holder of the Swiss Chair in Federalism and Democracy and a Faculty Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University (since 2012-2013).

He initiated and since directs the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the EUI. EUDO serves as a permanent observatory of democratic processes in and of the European Union, through which he directed the EU Profiler project in 2009, a pan-European Voting Advice Application for the European Parliamentary Elections, followed by euandi for the 2014 European elections.

Prof. Trechsel received his Ph.D in Political Science (1999, with distinction) from the University of Geneva. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Information Technology and Politics (JITP), of the USENIX Journal of ElectionTechnology and Systems (JETS) and is a board member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) research committee on electronic democracy.

Languages: German, English, French, Italian

Research interests: Comparative politics, political theory, federalism, democracy, European integration, political participation, Internet & politics, internet governance, IT law, constitutional law, political behavior, political communication.


Department of Political and Social Sciences

European University Institute 

Via dei Roccettini 9

50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Italy 


Office: SF 023, San Felice

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 442

Fax [+39] 055 4685 279

Email: Alexander.Trechsel@eui.eu


Administrative Assistant: Adele Battistini

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 469


Office hours: Tuesdays 14:30 - 17:30

For appointments, please contact Adele Battistini

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