About Matthijs

I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Before that, I was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University and a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). I have held visiting positions at the University of Vienna and the University of Padua. I received my PhD from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

My research focuses on the political manifestations of in-group/out-group thinking. More specifically, I study populist and radical left and right parties and their voters. How do these parties behave and why and under which circumstances do citizens vote for these parties? And how do the attitudes of these (and other) voters take shape? More generally, I am interested in comparative politics, political psychology, public opinion formation and voting behavior.

My research has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Economic Policy, European Union Politics, Party Politics and Electoral Studies. I co-edited the book Radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe: Into the mainstream? which was published with Routledge.

I regularly write about my research for a wider audience. My work has appeared in, for instance, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and Newsweek. In Dutch I have published in, among others, NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, and De Groene Amsterdammer.

I am also: (1) the initiator of The PopuList, an international research collaboration which offers academics and journalists an overview of populist, far right, far left and Eurosceptic parties in Europe; (2) founding co-director of the Hot Politics Lab – an interdisciplinary research group using political psychology and adjacent fields to explain salient socio-political themes; and (3) founding co-editor of, and regular contributor to, the Dutch political science blog Stuk Rood Vlees.

Currently I teach the following courses: (1) Politiek en samenleving; (2)Understanding politics through psychology; (3) Interdisciplinary research project. I have also developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Basic Statistics for the online platform Coursera. You can find the videos here.

Here is my Google Scholar page, this is where I tweet, and here you can find my full CV.

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