The Hot Politics Lab is an interdisciplinary research group combining experiments, physiological measurement and automated text analysis to analyze the role of emotions, personality and language in politics. We analyze topics such as populism, persuasion and party strategies.
Hot Politics is run by the BRS-Troika.
Bert Bakker, co-director Hot Politics Lab
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 Hot Politics Lab
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 elsewehere. Check my personal website for more details.
Gijs Schumacher, co-director Hot Politics Lab
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, postdoc EUSpeech Project
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 analye, among other things, the topics they address, the sentiment they use and also the complexity of their rhetoric.
I am a student in the Research Master programme Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. During my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Vienna and my Master’s degree I have focused on Political Psychology, voting behaviour and populism. More specifically, I am interested in the role of personality in shaping political behaviour. My Master thesis focuses on how personal tendencies to experience stress, anxiety or anger, influence attitudes towards immigrants and the European Union and ultimately voting behaviour.
Former research assistants
I am an aspiring researcher in the field of political psychology (Research Master Communication Science). I am interested in the different ways citizens react to political messages, depending on their personalities and the emotions that political messages evoke. My first co-authored journal papers are currently under review, I am looking for a fitting PhD position to continue my academic career. [Ming is now doing a PhD in Communication Science at the University of Vienna]
I am a research master student in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. My main research interests are populism, party politics and political communication. I am currently working on my final thesis, which will focus on the so-called “personalization of politics”: have politicians and party leaders increasingly put the focus more on themselves in their speeches than on the party they belong to? [Sander is now doing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam]
Joes de Natris
I am a student of the Research Master’s Social Science and I am interested in democratization and political economy.I am currently doing an internship in the Hot Politics Lab analyzing when and why politicians adopt language from the IMF and ECB. I am also interested in the application of relatively new methodologies, such as automatic content analysis and agent based modelling, to political science. Check my blog (https://policonomy.wordpress.com) for more details. [Joes now works for COELO, a research institute at the University of Groningen]
Denise van de Wetering
I am a research master student in Communication science at the University of Amsterdam. I have chosen this master because I want to know more about the way politicians communicate with citizens, especially when these politicians are members of a populist party. In the future, I hope to do a PhD because this allows me to do research on the influence of language populists use to persuade voters.