Bettina Westle, Prof. Dr., Phillips University
Prof. Westle completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Mannheim in 1988 about the “Legitimacy of Political Systems” and received her “Habilitation” (Dr. phil. habil.) from the same university in 1997 on the theme of “Collective Identities in Germany”. Her major areas of interest are empirical research on democracy and social science methods. Prof. Westle worked at the University of Mainz, the University of Nürnberg and the University of Bielefeld from 1997 to 2000. Between the years 2001 and 2004 she worked at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since 2005, Prof. Westle has been working at the Philipps University of Marburg as Professor at the Department of “The Methods of Political Science and Empirical Democracy Research”. Prof. Westle is also advisor to different boards such as ALLBUS (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften-General Population Survey of the Social Sciences) and Vox-Schweiz (The Analysis of Votes in Switzerland). She is also the member of the executive committee of “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung” (German Society for Electoral Studies).
Federico Vegetti, PhD, Central European University
Federico Vegetti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Political Behavior Research Group (PolBeRG) of the Department of Political Science at the Central European University (Hungary). He got his PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2013, and his MA in Social Sciences from the University of Milan (Italy), with studies in political sociology, social theory and social antropology, as well as an undergrad passion for American literature. His PhD thesis focuses on the electoral implications of party ideological polarization in Europe. His current substantive interests include political psychology, comparative political behavior, public opinion and ideology formation. Next to this, he is a big fan of quantitative research methodology and experimental research.
Joachim Blatter, Prof. Dr., University of Luzern
Joachim Blatter is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne since 2008. He studied Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration and Law at the University of Konstanz (Germany). From 2006 to 2008 he hold a position as Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He did research and taught at many other institutions: the University of St. Gall, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Zurich, the University of Victoria, the California State University in San Bernadino, Harvard University, the European University Institute in Florence and the Australian National University, Canberra. His teaching and research interests include the historical transformations of political governance, citizenship and democracy, cross-border institution building and policy-making as well as qualitative and case study methodology. He has published in journals like Democratization, Governance, Global Environmental Politics, European Journal of International Relations, Publius, West European Politics and International Journal of Urban and Regional Affairs.
Markus Haverland, Prof. Dr, University of Rotterdam
Markus Haverland is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Fellow at the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague. His interests include the politics of EU policy making, the effect of the EU on member states, comparative public policy and the methodology and methods of causal case studies. He has published on these themes in journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Administration Review and West European Politics.Together with Joachim Blatter, he has published Designing Case Studies. Explanatory Approaches in Small-N Research(Palgrave 2012).
Özgehan Şenyuva, Assoc. Prof. Dr., Middle East Technical University
Özgehan Şenyuva completed his PhD in Political Science at Center for the Study of Political Change – Circap at University of Siena, Italy. His PhD thesis focused on Turkish public opinion and the European Union, and he has developed his research interests further in the field of EU enlargement and Turkish membership prospects. Şenyuva has a keen interest in quantitative research methodologies and measurement, public opinion studies; EU enlargement and integration; Turkish membership. He is a member of Pool of European Youth Researchers of the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth and the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion in a comparative perspective . He is a steering group member and Work Package leader in the ongoing FP-7 SSH research project, Football Research in an Enlarged Europe – FREE in charge of the online and CATI surveys. He is also the national research partner in charge of web surveys and quantitative analysis of the Turkish National Agency - Center for European Union Education and Youth Programmes for the Research Based Analysis of Youth in Action, focusing on the impact of European Commission youth programs on young people. He is the author of different publications regarding public opinion, European Union and methodology, including Educational Evaluation in Youth Work (2006). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on public opinion, European Union and applied research methods.