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Staff members with discipline Political Science

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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Democracy, elections, electoral behavior
prof. dr. C.W.A.M. (Kees) Aarts
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Professor of Political Institutions and Behaviour, Dean of the Faculty BSS
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International Relations
Political Sciences
Higher Education
dr. A. (Arjan) van den Assem
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Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Turkey, Turkish foreign policy, discourse analysis, EU-Turkey relations, the Kurdish issue
drs. E. (Erdogan) Aykaç
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Researcher / Lecturer International Relations
prof. dr. C.F. (Caspar) van den Berg
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Professor in Global and Local Governance
Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen.

She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project Navigating Schengen. Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015 (NAVSCHEN), which has been awarded with a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellowship (MSCA - IF - GF).

In June 2019 she was Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History Invited Lecturer at St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford on the topic of ‘The Solidarity Principle and the EU's "Free Movement of Persons": a critical historical analysis, 1985-2015’. In March 2019 she was also Law, Justice and Society ’ Invited Lecturer at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She received the 2018-2019 Council for European Studies (CES) IMSISS Senior Visiting Scholar Fellowship Award at the University of Glasgow. In 2017-2018 she was Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies at the European Studies Centre (ESC) – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, where she remains a Senior Member.

She gave the 2018 Santander Senior Fellow Lecture on ‘The Historical Building of the EU's Free Movement of Persons’ at the University of Oxford and organised the 2018 European Studies Centre Santander Conference on ‘Belonging and Displacement’ at the ESC – St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

She is also Full Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), after the five years Award of the German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’. She was 2018 Joint Research Centre (JRC) – EU Science Hub Lecturer on ‘Qualitative Approaches to Human Mobility and European Integration’ at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, 2017 Research Scholar in Residence at the European Studies Center – Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and 2017 Invited Expert at Shanghai University - 上海大学.

She previously worked as Principal Investigator (PI), Lecturer and Established Researcher in European Studies at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe – University of Luxembourg. She also worked at the Robert Schuman for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence, at the DG Enlargement of the European Commission and at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the US Congress in Washington, D. C.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López was also Invited Expert in European Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE (2013 and 2016); the Yale Law School (2016); All Souls College, University of Oxford (2016 and 2019) and at the Faculty of Law and the Sydney Sussex and Darwin Colleges (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge (2014, 2016 and 2017).

She was also Section Chair for the European International Studies Association (EISA), Salzburg Global Seminar Lecturer and EUI Global Governance Programme Network Member. She completed the ‘Space Exploration Studies and an Astronaut Training Program’ at the NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville (AL, USA).

She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization — specialising in European Integration History — at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI) , for which she received the 2008 FAEY European Research Best PhD Thesis Award.

She coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her research and publications focus on European Integration History —with an accent on enlargement policy temporalities and the Schengen area fundamental rights — Global Governance, Comparative Regional Integration and Digital Humanities.
dr. C. (Cristina) Blanco Sío-López
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Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics
Moral and political philosophy, normative political theory, ethics, global justice, value pluralism, incommensurability, comparability
M.G.J. (Martijn) Boot, PhD
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Anno is a researcher at the Data Research Centre, working on the H2020 project 'Cutting Crime Impact' and his doctoral dissertation on law enforcement and Big Data.

In addition, he has 7+ years experience in innovation in education through running simulations for universities, ministries and the Royal Military Academy as a training and educational tool. He has also designed and delivered advanced courses at Utrecht University and Liverpool Hope University.
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Researcher, Data Research Centre
Global and regional governance, international finance, non-state actors, science and technology
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Political, social and urban history of modern and contemporary Europe
dr. S. (Stefan) Couperus
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Associate Professor
prof. mr. dr. D.J. (Douwe Jan) Elzinga
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professor of Constitutional Law
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New Media & Social Networks
M. (Marc Esteve Del Valle) Esteve Del Valle, PhD
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International sanctions, EU Foreign Policy, Illicit Trade
F. (Francesco) Giumelli
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Deputy Head of Department, Assistant Professor in International Relations and International Organization
K. He
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PhD student
circular economy; policy arrangements; 
A. (Abe) Hendriks
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PhD student
Fields of interest are: policy evaluation, auditing and evaluation of legislation.
prof. dr. M. (Michiel) Herweijer
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University Lecturer
International Relations Theory, International Political Theory, Normative IR Theory, Critical Theory, Arctic Security, Arctic International Relations and Governance.
dr. C. (Christoph) Humrich
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Assistant Professor
International and Comparative Political Economy; Foreign Direct Investments; International Trade; Statistics; Inequality
L.A. (Lukas) Linsi, PhD
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Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
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Senior Research Fellow
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T.A. (Tim) van der Maarel, MA
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PhD student
Energy Security, Energy Transition, Critical Geopolitics, Sustainability, Global Energy Governance, International Conflict Management.
Y. (Yaroslava) Marusyk, MA
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PhD Candidate
dr. T. Nowak
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Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Political parties, party systems, party positioning
dr. S.P. (Simon) Otjes
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Researcher
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ASEAN Economic Integration, Politics of Trade Policy, Public Sector, ASEAN Studies. 
M.P. (Prayoga) Permana, MA
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PhD student
Lars Rensmann is Professor of European Politics and Society at the University of Groningen. He serves as the Chair of the Department of European Languages and Cultures and as Director of the Research Center for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Political Theory (JIPT) and Antisemitism Studies. Before joining RUG, he served as Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome. He is also Permanent Fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Center, University of Potsdam, and Visiting Professor at JCU in Rome. Prior to his return to Europe, he was the DAAD Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Rensmann holds a BA in Political Science from Luther College, Iowa, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. Other previous academic appointments and visiting professorships include Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Haifa.  Fields of Research: European political cultures, political parties, democracies and their crises and conflicts; European radical right and populist parties; international political, democratic and critical theories and their contemporary relevance (especially Hannah Arendt and the Frankfurt School); antisemitism, racism and (counter-)cosmopolitanism in Europe; European-Jewish political and cultural experiences and German-Israeli relations; human rights and politico-cultural legacies of the Holocaust and genocide; social media and digital populism
prof. dr. L.P. (Lars) Rensmann
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Professor of European Politics and Society
prof. dr. J. (Ko) de Ridder
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professor of comparative public management
International relations and international organization
M. (Melle) Scholten, MA
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Lecturer
Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Governance of Emerging Technologies
Anticipatory Governance and Foresight
Transformation Studies
dr. K.A. (Karsten) Schulz
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Assistant Professor Political Science
models of collective decision makingstrategic intervention in complexcollective decision makinganalysis of social networkssustainabilitysocial cohesion
prof. dr. F.N. (Frans) Stokman
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Full Professor
Regulation, soft law, policy rules, administrative law, social security law. 
mr. dr. A. (Albertjan) Tollenaar
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Deputy director GGSL & Associate professor
European integration and institutions
State theory and institutionalism
Concept analysis and qualitative methods
Italian politics
P.D. (Pier Domenico) Tortola, PhD
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Assistant professor
Political parties and party systems in the Netherlands and the European Union
prof. dr. G. Voerman
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Professor of Development and functioning of the Dutch and European party system
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IR Theory, Security Studies, European Studies, Global Governance, Energy & Geopolitics
prof. dr. J.H. (Jaap) de Wilde
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Professor of International Relations and Security Studies
Tradable rights, emissions trading, climate regulation
prof. dr. E. (Edwin) Woerdman
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Professor of Markets and Regulation
Political Science
dr. N.E.H.M. (Nicolle) Zeegers
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Assistent Professor Political Science
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