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Lefkofridi, Zoe

Professor of Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality

University of Salzburg, Austria



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

Institute for Advanced Studies and the University of Vienna, Austria


I am a political scientist studying democracy, representation and European integration, with a focus on political inequalities (gender, migration) and extremism (radical right and left parties and voters).

I conducted my doctoral studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies/IHS and the University of Vienna (cum laude). I also hold MA degrees from the College of Europe (Bruges) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (with distinction). Prior to joining the EUI, I was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (2011) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Vienna (2009-12), where I also lectured on European Union Politics and Research Methods(2006-12).

I am interested in transnational democracy and multilevel governance. My doctoral project, which was awarded the FNr.324 Forschungsstipendium der Universität Wien, developed a theoretical explanation of national party behaviour and change, vis-à-vis EU developments, and empirically investigated the case of Greece over time. My post-doctoral research draws on normative democratic theory and models of political representation in order to examine inequality and representation in Europe (e.g. with regards to migration issues and citizenship regimes, and the representation of gender). My work appears in European Union Politics, Electoral Studies, European Political Science Review, West European Politics, among others.

Fields of expertise: transnational democracy, equality and representation in Europe; political parties and elections; qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
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