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Anja Neundorf, School of Politics and International Relations

Associate Professor in Politics
Dr Anja Neundorf holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. She previously held a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellowship in political science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Anja’s research interests lie at the intersection of political behaviour, research methods, and comparative politics. Generally, her research applies advanced statistical methods to substantially important research questions with the aim of testing and refining theories of political socialization, political attitudes, and electoral choice. Her work has been published in journals such as Electoral Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Politics.
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Cecilia Testa, School of Economics / School of Politics and International Relations

Professor of Political Economy
Professor Cecilia Testa earned a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2014 she joined from Royal Holloway University of London as a Professor the University of Nottingham, where she holds a joint Chair of Political Economy with the School of Economics and the School of Politics and International Relations. She previously lectured also at Erasmus University (Rotterdam), the London School of Economics, and the University of Essex. She held visiting positions at MIT, the Australian National University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Cecilia’s research interests lie in the area of political economy, with a focus on comparative institutions, special interest politics, corruption, distributive politics and migration policy. Her work has been published in journals like the British Journal of Political Science, the European Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Journal of Politics.
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Abigail Barr, School of Economics

Professor in Economics
Professor Abigail Barr holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. She joined in 2011 the University of Nottingham, where she is currently an Associate Professor and Reader. Before coming to Nottingham, she was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She remains an associate of the CSAE and is also an associate of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Science and the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Her research focuses on the socially embedded decision-maker. Four themes have dominated her work to date: the role of other-regarding preferences in individual decision-making; how people set up and hold each other to mutually beneficial agreements; citizens’ willingness and ability to hold public service providers to account; and the factors and mechanisms determining individual preferences and values. Her work has been published in Science, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Journal of Public Economics among others. She is the principal investigator of a British Academy and Leverhulme funded project, and a co-investigator within the ESRC-funded “Network for Integrated Behavioral Science”.
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Fernando Casal Bértoa, School of Politics and International Relations

Assistant Professor
Dr Fernando Casal Bértoa holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and was previously a Nottingham Research Fellow and a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Leiden. Fernando is currently working on a large-scale research project on The Institutionalization of European Party Systems since 1848 (whogoverns.eu). He is interested in issues related to political parties and party systems, especially in new “Third Wave” democracies or micro-states. He is also part of Professor Ingrid van Biezen’s team working on the “Legal Regulation of Political Parties in Post-war Europe” (funded by the European Research Council – ERC) and OSCE/ODHIR expert on party regulation. His work has been published in journals such as Party Politics and the International Political Science Review among others.
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Jan Meyer-Sahling, School of Politics and International Relations

Professor of European Politics
Professor Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling holds a PhD in Politics from LSE. In September 2004 he joined the University of Nottingham where he is a Professor. Previously, he was a Tutorial Fellow in Comparative Public Administration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Lecturer in European Politics at Birkbeck College, London. In 2013-2014, Jan-Hinrik was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His recent research has centred on topics related to civil service reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, problems of corruption in post-communist Europe, the Europeanisation of national political systems in Europe East and West, and the institutionalisation of political time in Europe. Jan-Hinrik’s research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy, Public Administration, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Governance, West European Politics, East European Politics and Public Administration and Development.
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Maria Montero, School of Economics

Associate Professor and Reader in Economics
Dr Maria Montero joined the University of Nottingham in 2002 after earning a PhD in Economics from Tilburg University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Economics. Maria was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Dortmund from 2000 to 2002, and an IKERBASQUE Visiting Professor at UPV/EHU from 2013 to 2014. Her research focuses on voting and legislative bargaining using game-theoretic models and laboratory experiments. Specifically, she has investigated questions such as the effect of the enlargement of a voting body on the balance of power between its members, the performance of different decision rules in committees and the trade-off between efficiency and fairness. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior and Social Choice and Welfare among others.
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Katharine Adeney, School of Politics and International Relations

Professor and Director of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies
Professor Katharine Adeney holds a PhD in Politics from LSE. She joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 as a Professor, having previously held positions at Sheffield, Balliol College, Oxford and the LSE. Her principal research interests include: the countries of South Asia, especially India and Pakistan; ethnic conflict regulation and institutional design; the creation and maintenance of national identities; the politics of federal states, and democratisation in South Asia. She is an author of two books, ‘Contemporary India’ (with Andrew Wyatt) (Palgrave, 2010) and ‘Federalism and Ethnic Conflict Regulation in India and Pakistan’ (Palgrave, 2007) and her work has been published in journals such as Publius, Political Studies, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics and Electoral Studies. She is co-editor of Government and Opposition (Cambridge).
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Facundo Albornoz

Facundo Albornoz, School of Economics

Associate Professor
Facundo Albornoz holds a PhD in Economics from the EHESS/Paris School of Economics. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2015, where he is currently an Associate Professor. Before coming to Nottingham he held academic positions at the University of Birmingham and the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina (currently on leave). He is a Research Fellow of the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Facundo works in a variety of research areas such as international trade (firm export dynamics), education policy (behavioural interactions within the school system), cultural dynamics and international political economics (the effect of foreign interventions on conflict and democracy), with an underlying common interest in development economics. He has published in academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of the European Economic Association. His research has been funded by the ESRC and the British Academy, and he has undertaken advisory work for agencies such as the World Bank, IADB and the OEI.
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Vincent Anesi, School of Economics

Professor and Reader in Economics
Professor Vincent Anesi joined the School of Economics at Nottingham in 2006, after receiving his PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics. He is an Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Economics. His current research focuses on the game-theoretic analysis of the dynamics of collective decision making (e.g. existence and characterization of stationary equilibria, learning and information aggregation in dynamic voting games), and on the political economy of intergovernmental relations (e.g. secessionism, international trade institutions, immigration policy. His work has been published in academic journals such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, Theoretical Economics and the Review of Economics Studies.
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Roberto Bonfatti, School of Economics

Assistant Professor
Dr Roberto Bonfatti holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. He joined the School of Economics at Nottingham in September 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Before that, he was a Junior Research Fellow (post-doc) at St John’s College, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCARRE). His research lies at the intersection of international trade, political economy, and economic history. Among his topics of interest are the relation between trade and the rise and fall of colonial empires; trade and war; the economic legacy of empires, particularly in terms of the international specialization of former colonies; and the political economy of the natural resource trade. His research has been published in the Journal of International Economics.
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Matthias Dahm, School of Economics

Associate Professor
Dr Matthias Dahm holds a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He joined the School of Economics at Nottingham as Associate Professor in 2013. Prior to this, he was Professor of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain. He has also been a long-term visiting scholar at Northwestern University, at the University of California (Irvine), and most recently at Freie Universität Berlin. Matthias’ research interests focus on political economy, including contest theory, and he has also published work that applies incentive theory to public and health economics. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association, among others.
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Gianni De Fraja, School of Economics

Professor of Economics
Professor Gianni de Fraja is Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham, and a fellow of CEPR. He has a DPhil from Oxford, and has previously held Chairs in York and Leicester and visiting posts in Tokyo, Bonn, Barcelona, and Rome. He has written around 60 papers in leading international academic journals, including the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Public Economics. His policy oriented research has centred on theoretical aspects of competition among state owned and private firms, on the regulation of utilities, and on the design of health policies. His recent current focus is on economics aspect of education policies.
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Cees van der Eijk

Cees van der Eijk, School of Politics and International Relations

Professor of Social Science Research Methods; Director, Methods and Data Institute
Professor Cees van der Eijk holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 he has been Professor of Social science Research Methods at Nottingham, and was previously Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in the fields of comparative political behaviour, in particular the interrelationships between voters, parties/political entrepreneurs, and media. His work has been published in numerous articles and books by leading publishers such at Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and the University of Michigan Press. He is one of the central members of the international European Elections Study group. He has been Principal Investigator on a large number of surveys of voters, including the Dutch National Election Studies, and the European Election Studies. Recently awarded FP7 funding by the European Commission as a partner member of the PIREDEU research project, Professor van der Eijk will play a key role in the design and implementation of a web-based infrastructure for research on electoral democracy in the EU.
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Giovanni Facchini, School of Economics

Professor of Economics
Professor Giovanni Facchini holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. He joined the School of Economics at Nottingham in 2012 from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he also held a Chair in Economics. He is a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a Research Fellow at the CES-Ifo institute in Munich, at IZA in Bonn, an External Fellow at CReAM and the coordinator of the International Migration Program at the Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano in Turin. His recent research focuses on the processes through which immigration policies are shaped. He has also worked on the income distribution effects of economic reforms and on the formation of preferential trading arrangements. His papers have been published in journals like the American Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, among others. Giovanni’s scholarly activities have been supported by grants from the NORFACE consortium, the European Union and the World Bank.
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David Gill, School of Politics and International Relations

Associate Professor
Dr David James Gill is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations. His research focuses on the relationship between strategy, economics, and diplomacy. David’s work appears in the Economic History Review, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Cold War Studies, International Affairs, and the Journal of Strategic Studies. Stanford University Press published his first book, Britain and the Bomb, which considers how political and economic factors shaped nuclear diplomacy in the post-war period.

Paul M Heywood, School of Politics and International Relations

Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Paul Heywood graduated with an MA in Politics (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh, and did postgraduate studies in Madrid and at the LSE, from where he received his MSc (Econ) and PhD (Politics). Before joining Nottingham, he taught at the University of Glasgow and at the University of London. He also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, London (1989-93). Professor Heywood is author, co-author or editor of fourteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity in contemporary Europe. Current funded research includes an ESRC/Hong Kong project on Integrity Management in the UK, HK and China, and an EU FP7 project, ANTICORRP, on anti-corruption policies. He is also currently the UK Local Research Correspondent on Corruption (2012-14) for the European Commission’s DG Home Affairs.
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Nicole Janz, School of Politics and International Relations

Assistant Professor
Gaining a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, Nicole taught statistical methods for social scientists there too. In her research, she examines the effects of foreign direct investment on repression and labour rights; how expropriation hinders human rights; judicial delays, impunity and corruption; and how human rights shaming influences foreign investors. Nicole is an advocate for research transparency, serving as an ambassador for the Center for Open Science and co-founding the Political Science Replication Initiative. She blogs at https://politicalsciencereplication.wordpress.com/.
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Diego Maiorano, School of Politics and International Relations

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Dr Maiorano’s research focuses on India’s politics and political economy and on political and economic change in developing countries, with special reference to the themes of poverty and inequality. His Ph.D. thesis (now published by Hurst&Co./Oxford University Press/HarperCollins) is the first systematic account of Indira Gandhi’s final term in Office. He is the ‘Lead Comparator’ in an ESRC council-funded project called “Expanding not Shrinking Social Programmes – The policies of the policies to tackle poverty and inequality in Brazil, India, China and South Africa”. His current research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) focuses on India’s largest anti-poverty programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The objective of the project is to look at the non-monetary change that the programme has brought about, with particular reference to changes in caste and gender relations.
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Atsuyoshi Morozumi, School of Economics

Assistant Professor
Dr Atsuyoshi Morozumi joined The University of Nottingham in September 2009. His general research interests are macroeconomics and fiscal policy. Specifically, he studies how different components of public spending and revenue may have different macroeconomic effects, in the contexts of both business cycles and growth/development. He also works on the electoral effects on the composition of public spending and revenue.
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Scott Moser, School of Politics and International Relations

Assistant Professor in Politics
Dr Scott Moser received a PhD in Political Economy in 2007 from Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Social and Decision Sciences after earning a BA in mathematics/economics from New College of the University of South Florida in 2001. Prior to arriving in Nottingham, he has held positions in the department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, as an assistant professor and Nuffield College, University of Oxford, as a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow (2007-2010). His research interests can be described broadly as applied social choice, and specifically involve game theory, voting theory, collective choice (especially from tournaments), legislative institutions, and statistical modeling (especially latent class models of text and non-parametric Bayesian inference). Pursuing these research interests involves development and testing of theories of collective decision making.
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Kyriaki Nanou

Kyriaki Nanou, School of Politics and International Relations

Assistant Professor in European Politics
Dr Kyriaki Nanou holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex. She joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and a Fellowship in European Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include comparative politics, including elections and parties within Europe, European integration, Euroscepticism, Europeanisation and democratic deficit, quantitative and qualitative research methods, rational choice theory and political economy. Her work has been published in European Journal of Political Research and West European Politics among others.
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Ksenia Northmore-Ball

Ksenia Northmore-Ball, School of Politics and International Relations

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Northmore-Ball received her DPhil in Politics in 2014 from the University of Oxford, Department of Politics and IR, after having received an MPhil in Comparative Government also from the University of Oxford. She received her BA in Political Science and Russian from Boston College. Her research interests span comparative politics and political behaviour particularly in the context of Eastern European new democracies as well as Russia. Her research applies advanced statistical methods. Dr Northmore-Ball is currently a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her British Academy-funded research project focuses on voter turnout and political socialization in the context of regime change in post-communist Eastern Europe and other new democracies. She also does research on religion and politics in Eastern Europe as well as the perceptions of the left and right in new democracies.
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D J Seidmann, School of Economics

Professor of Economic Theory
Professor Daniel Seidmann holds a PhD in Economics from the LSE. He has been Professor of Economics at Nottingham since 2003, having previously been employed by LSE, Trinity College Dublin, and Newcastle University. Daniel’s research uses game-theoretic methods to study bilateral and multilateral negotiations and strategic information transmission. He has applied his results on bargaining to explore the process of government formation and the effects of varying the quota or the deadline on agreed outcomes. He has applied his research on communication to study the effects of a right to silence, and to consider how the order of presenting evidence affects trial outcomes. His research has been published in leading journals such as Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies and Journal of Economic Theory.
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Simon Toubeau

Simon Toubeau, School of Politics and International Relations

Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations
Dr Simon Toubeau holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute and an MPhil in European Politics from Oxford. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2015 as an Assistant Professor. He has previously been a Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. His research interests lie in the areas of comparative European politics, regionalism and federalism. He is the author of several book chapters and articles published in journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy and the British Journal of Political Science.
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Annemarie Walter, School of Politics and International Relations

Marie Curie and Nottingham Research Fellow
Dr Annemarie Walter is Marie Curie and Nottingham Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations. Previously she was Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Department of Communication Science of VU University Amsterdam. She graduated in political science at Leiden University and received her PhD in 2012 at Amsterdam University (UVA). She is working on her research project “CSNCC”: Comparative Study of Negative Campaigning and its Consequences. Her broad areas of research interests include election campaigns, political communication, political parties and party systems, party strategy and electoral behaviour.
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