Schoonvelde, Martijn

Assistant Professor in Political Science

University College Dublin, Ireland



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

Stony Brook University, United States


I carried out my PhD in political science at Stony Brook University from 2007 until 2013, after which I became an associate research fellow in the department of politics at the University of Exeter.
My dissertation, written at Stony Brook and defended in May 2013, concerns media systems and their effects on the political knowledge of voters across 22 countries. I first explored empirically the connections between media systems and the political knowledge of electorates at large, and – using cross-level interactions analysis – I teased out these connections at the level of individual voters. I then developed a formal, agent-based model of electoral competition and voter knowledge across media systems to explain these patterns. At the University of Exeter, I have further developed this line of research in a variety of collaborative research projects.
In addition to research, I have taught undergraduate courses in international relations, EU politics and comparative politics, as well as introductory and intermediate statistics classes for Stony Brook’s MA in Public Policy programme.
My research interests include comparative political behaviour, comparative political institutions, experimental methods and research methodology and I am particularly interested in the comparative study of media effects on electoral competition and voter behaviour and attitudes.
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