Julia is a question-driven, collaborative, and analytical researcher currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She has expertise in quantitative research methods and specializes in European party politics. She has taken extensive courses in research design, causal inference, survey research, and regression modeling.

Julia’s dissertation looks at the link between elected officials, parties, and voters. Focusing on how MPs deviate from their party to reflect the interests of their voters, Julia compiled a new data set of social media data of MPs from France, Germany, and the UK. Using quantitative text analysis techniques, she asks what are the behavioral constraints of MPs, and what does this mean for theories of representation?

Julia holds a BA in Political Science and French Studies from the University of Portland, and a MA in Political Science from McGill University. She has also taken courses through EITM Europe and the University of Essex. In addition, she is currently working on a SNIS funded project through the University of Zurich on quantitative text analysis and judicial decisions.