Levente Littvay (CEU, Budapest)
Levente Littvay (or Levi) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Central European University, Budapest Hungary, where he teaches grad courses in research design, applied statistics, electoral politics, voting behavior, political psychology, American politics and is the recipient of CEU's Distinguished Teaching Award. Received his MA and PhD in Political Science and an MS in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Consults regularly, taught numerous research methods workshops and is one of the Academic Convenors of the European Consortium for Political Research Methods Schools and head of Team Survey in Team Populism. Secured close to a million EUR in grants to conduct research on survey and quantitative methodology, twin and family studies, and the psychology of radicalism and populism. Has publications in The Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Politics & Gender, PS, Swiss Political Science Review, BMC Medical Research Methodology, Behavior Genetics, and along with other medical journals, in Twin Research and Human Genetics where he is Associate Editor for Social Sciences.
Levi's Braudel fellowship application revolved around the mitigating the negative consequences of populism. After the publication of The Ideational Approach to Populism: Concept, Theory, and Analysis (Hawkins, Carlin, Littvay and Rovira Kaltwasser 2019), Team Populism is working on the group's second edited volume on populism's consequences and its mitigation. Levi's contribution is on the individual level, where he is utilizing experimental data collected as part of Central European University's Comparative Populism Project. Since populist attitudes proved to be quite stable and resilient to experimental manipulation, alternative mechanisms are tested to see if mitigating immediate and distant negative outcomes is a viable strategy to counter the rise of populism around the world.
In addition to his main research agenda, while at EUI, Levi will be finishing his book on Structural Equation Modeling for Sage's Quantitative Applications for the Social Sciences series and exploring the possibility of writing a PhD level experimental research design book for the social sciences.
Period of Stay: Sept 2019 - June 2020
Tel. + 39 055 4685 277 (int. 2277)