I am a political scientist (PhD), and currently a Researcher (Investigadora Auxiliar) at CIES-ISCTE. Until August of 2020 I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology with a double affiliation CIES-ISCTE / University of Mannheim – Chair of Comparative Government, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Konstanz.
My research is interdisciplinary and focuses on political institutions; comparative politics and comparative political economy; EU; legislative behaviour and decision-making; public policy analysis; political communication; political accountability and corruption. In my research I use quantitative and qualitative data as well as quasi-experimental design to answer my research questions. I aim at producing theoretical driven research that is empirically testable.
I hold a PhD in Political Science (specialization in Comparative Politics) from the University of Lisbon – Institute of Social Sciences, a Master’s and a University Degree (Licenciatura), both pre-Bologna, in Political Science from the Technical University of Lisbon – ISCSP. In my PhD dissertation entitled: Government’s Decision: A Theoretical and Empirical Study on Legislative Initiative as Strategic Behaviour, I develop and test a formal model of legislative decision-making. There I show, with original data from Portugal (1982-2009), that majority status changes the strategic decisions of Governments towards law proposals.
I was a Research Visiting Scholar at the New York University, at the University of Mannheim and the University of Barcelona, and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History – New University of Lisbon. I worked in several other institutions like the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Mannheim, the Open University, the Lisbon University Institute – ISCTE (CIES), and the University of Évora (CISA-AS).
My work is published, among others, in West European Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Crime, Law and Social Change, Qualitative Research Journal, Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Books, Nação e Defesa, Bertrand, Almedina.
I have been a reviewer for American Journal of Political Science; Análise Social; Crime, Law and Social Change; Cuestiones de Género: De La Igualdad y la Diferencia; European Political Science; European Political Science Review; Party Politics; Portuguese Journal of Political Science; Revista Espacio Político; West European Politics.
I am an Associate Editor of SN Social Sciences.
For more detailed information see my CV.