Matthew Loveless received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, USA). He is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy), is the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Social Progress (www.cersp.org), an inter-disciplinary research center in Italy he co-founded, as well as a research fellow of the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis. He has been a Scholar in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.); a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University (USA), a Nuffield Fellow and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK); an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi (USA) and an Associate Professor at the University of Kent (UK). His early research and publications focus primarily on the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe and now include the study of inequality and macro-economic perceptions and their effects on political behavior in Europe. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics, the International Journal of Communication, World Development, Comparative Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, and the European Journal of Political Research.