The Hot politics lab

Meet the Team

directors,
lab fellows
& research assistants

Bert Bakker

Co-director

I am an Assistant Professor in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. I am interested in the psychological underpinnings of political attitudes and behaviors. The role of personality and emotions receive most of my attention in answering this question. My research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Political Psychology, and European Union Politics. Check my personal website for more details.

Matthijs Rooduijn

Co-director

I am an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Utrecht University. I study the causes and consequences of the rise of populist radical left and right parties. Who votes for these parties and why? To what extent do the messages expressed by these parties affect other actors in the electoral process and public opinion? My work has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, West European Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Studies, and elsewhere. Check my personal website for more details.

Gijs Schumacher

Co-director

I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. I am interested in what politicians say, why they say it and what effect it has on citizens. For this purpose, I have published among other things on topics such as party politics, populism, and personality. My work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Plos One, Political Psychology, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, and elsewhere. Check my personal website for more details.

Martijn Schoonvelde

Lab fellow

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, working on the Horizon2020 project EUENGAGE. In this project, we look at speeches of European political elites. We analyze, among other things, the topics they address, the sentiment they use and also the complexity of their rhetoric.

Isabella Rebasso

Research assistant

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Vienna and completed the Research Master’s Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. During my studies, I specialised in Political Psychology, electoral behaviour, and quantitative methods. My main research interests are the role of emotions and personality in shaping political attitudes and behaviour. My Master’s thesis  focused on how personality (more specifically Neuroticism), together with economic and cultural anxieties influence sympathy for the far-right in the Netherlands.

Maaike Homan

Research assistant

I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. I recently graduated from the research master Social Psychology at Vrije Universiteit . My master thesis focused on social identity and leadership processes with help from professor Alex Haslam. I am interested in interdisciplinary research, resulting in a broad range of interests such as communication science, neuroscience, and politics. I am especially interested in combining psychological processes (such as identification and emotional reactions) with physiological responses (e.g. brain activation, face muscle activity) in political contexts.

anxieties influence sympathy for the far-right in the Netherlands.

former
research
assistants

Ming Boyer

Research assistant

Ming is now doing a Ph.D. in Communication Science at the University of Vienna following his Research Master in the same subject. He is an aspiring researcher in the field of political psychology.

Sander Kunst

Research assistant

Sander is now doing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam following a Research Master in the same subject. His main research interests are populism, party politics and political communication.

Joes de Natris

Research assistant

Joes now works for COELO, a research institute at the University of Groningen. Formerly, he was a Research Master’s Social Science student. He is interested in the topics of democratization and political economy. Check out his blog.

Denise van de Wetering

Research assistant

She is a former Research Master student in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her interests include the influence of language populist politicians use to persuade voters.

Daniel Hansen

Research assistant

I am a student at the Research Master of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. My research interests include emotions in politics, the (re)rise of populism, and the (potential) effect of political micro targeting on electoral behaviour. If you find overlap between your interests and mine, or just curious, please feel welcome to reach out here.

Judith Meijer

Research assistant

Emke de Vries

Research assistant

Myrthe Willems

Research assistant

updates

01. POLEMIC

Gijs Schumacher was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant for his project, POLEMIC. This will be conducted in the Hot Politics Lab.

02. The Mobile Lab

The Dutch National Science Organization awarded us the NWO Medium Investment Grant to build a Mobile Lab for physiological research.

03. Hot Politics @ Lowlands

For three days the Hot Politics Lab measured physiological responses to political propaganda at the Netherlands’ largest music festival- Lowlands.

04. Onderbuik Project

An Evangelical rock festival, a biking event, the largest fair in the Netherlands, the Hot Politics Lab was there to conduct more lab in the field studies.

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