I am professor of political science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I direct the research group on Democracy, Elections and Citizenship and I have until recently also directed the Master in Political Science. I am currently 2018-19 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University.
Before joining the UAB in 2003 I taught Political Science at the universities of Salamanca and Murcia. I hold a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a postgraduate diploma in Social Science Data from the University of Essex, and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute.
My main areas of research deal with different aspects of citizens’ involvement in politics in advanced democracies. I am interested in the individual dynamics of how discontent is mobilized and transformed into political change. This includes an interest in the causes and consequences of electoral turnout, political protest, digital media and political attitudes, with an emphasis on the analysis of political inequality. Recently my research has focused on the attitudinal consequences of the economic crisis, with a special focus on populist attitudes, but also political knowledge, satisfaction with democracy, and perceptions about corruption. In my next project I intend to explore how individuals’ attitudes towards gender equality and feminism change along time.