I'm a Ph.D. in political science and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. I defended my doctoral dissertation in May 2016. My postdoc project studies the effects of misinformation on social media.
My educational background is also in political science, and before entering academia, I worked for a few years at Denmark's Ministry of Finance. My background is outlined in more detail in my curriculum vitae.
Aside from my academic research my main interests are American and Danish politics, playing around with data in R, good food, and English football. I live in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, with my lovely wife, Ida.
My dissertation, Ethnicization in Welfare State Politics, explores how rhetoric and context can shape political cognition and behavior by invoking group identities. In a diversifying Europe, group identities are likely to become ever more salient. In the dissertation, I try to add to our understanding of when and how this matters for politics.
The Influence of Local Context on Group-Centric Policy Attitudes. Working paper.
Using topic models to reevaluate media effects. Working paper. Presented at the Amsterdam Text Analysis Conference, June 21-22, 2016.
Sustaining Honesty in Public Service: The Role of Selection. Working paper. With Sebastian Barfort, Nikolaj Harmon and Asmus Leth Olsen.
Intergroup bias in parliamentary debate. Political Research Quarterly, vol. 69 no. 4, 2016.
Who benefits? Welfare chauvinism and national stereotypes. European Union Politics, vol. 17 no. 1, 3-24, 2016.
Computers, coders, and voters: Comparing automated methods for estimating party positions. With Robert Klemmensen, Sara Hobolt, Martin Ejnar Hansen, and Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard. Research & Politics, April 2015.
Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017: Research methods 2 (Metode 2), undergraduate methods course.
February 2017: Logic of Quantitative Research in Political Science, graduate course on quantitative research design.
Fall 2016: Videregående kvantitative metoder i studiet af politisk adfærd, graduate course on advanced quantitative methods.
Fall 2016: Research methods 1 (Metode 1), undergraduate methods course.
September 2015: Content Analysis (slides), graduate course.
Fall 2014: Comparative politics (Komparativ politik), undergraduate course
Fall 2013: Political behavior (Politisk adfærd: Vælgeradfærd og holdningsdannelse), graduate seminar
Asmus Olsen and myself have written a book, "Poligak - Hvordan politikerne prøver at snøre dig - og hvorfor du næsten altid snyder dig selv". It's sort of a Danish-language Freakonomics based on political science research.
Poligak came out October 21st, 2013. You can read more about it at poligak.dk