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dr. E.J. (Erika) van Elsas

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Political Communication & Journalism
Photographer: Rebke Klokke

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • About

    I am a Postdoctoral Researcher involved in research projects both at the Communication Science department (on EU attitudes and media effects) and the Political Science department (on the consequences of political (dis)trust) of the University of Amsterdam. My primary research interests are Euroscepticism, political trust, and electoral behaviour.

    I obtained my PhD in Political Science (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam/Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam in 2017. My dissertation focuses on patterns of realignment among Western European voters in cross-national and longitudinal perspective. In particular, I looked at the relationship between existing ideological dimensions (i.e. left-right) and different kinds of EU attitudes, demonstrating that Euroscepticism is a rather different attitude for left-wing and right-wing citizens.  

    In 2011 I completed the Research Master Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (cum laude). I also hold a Master's degree in Latin America Studies at the University of Utrecht (2007, cum laude). 

    Before and during my PhD I have been involved in several research projects:

    • The individual level sources of electoral volatility (with Tom van der Meer, Rozemarijn Lubbe and Wouter van der Brug)
    • Euroscepticism and inequality (with Armen Hakhverdian, Theresa Kuhn and Wouter van der Brug)
    • Ethnic educational inequalities (with Herman van de Werfhorst and Anthony Heath)
    • Transnational solidarity in the EU (with Theresa Kuhn and Hector Solaz)
    • Radical voting in Europe (with Matthijs Rooduijn, Brian Burgoon and Herman van de Werfhorst)

     

  • Publications

    2019

    2018

    2017

    2016

    • Kuhn, T., van Elsas, E., Hakhverdian, A., & van der Brug, W. (2016). An ever wider gap in an ever closer union: Rising inequalities and euroscepticism in 12 West European democracies, 1975-2009. Socio-Economic Review, 14(1), 27-45. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwu034 [details]
    • van Elsas, E. J., Hakhverdian, A., & van der Brug, W. (2016). United against a common foe? The nature and origins of euroscepticism among left-wing and right-wing voters. West European Politics, 39(6), 1181-1204. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2016.1175244 [details]
    • van Elsas, E. J., Miltenburg, E. M., & van der Meer, T. W. G. (2016). If I recall correctly: An event history analysis of forgetting and recollecting past voting behavior. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 26(3), 253-272. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2016.1150286 [details]

    2015

    • van Elsas, E. (2015). Political trust as a rational attitude: a comparison of the nature of political trust across different levels of education. Political Studies, 63(5), 1158-1178. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12148 [details]
    • van Elsas, E., & van der Brug, W. (2015). The changing relationship between left-right ideology and euroscepticism, 1973-2010. European Union Politics, 16(2), 194-215. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116514562918 [details]
    • van der Meer, T. W. G., van Elsas, E., Lubbe, R., & van der Brug, W. (2015). Are volatile voters erratic, whimsical, or seriously picky? A panel study of 58 waves into the nature of electoral volatility (the Netherlands 2006-2010). Party Politics, 21(1), 100-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068812472570 [details]

    2014

    • van Elsas, E. J., Lubbe, R., van der Meer, T. W. G., & van der Brug, W. (2014). Vote recall: a panel study on the mechanisms that explain vote recall inconsistency. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 26(1), 18-40. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edt031 [details]
    • van de Werfhorst, H. G., van Elsas, E., & Heath, A. (2014). Origin and destination effects on the educational careers of second-generation minorities. In A. F. Heath, & Y. Brinbaum (Eds.), Unequal attainments: ethnic educational inequalities in ten Western countries (pp. 245-272). (Proceedings of the British Academy; No. 196). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]

    2013

    • Hakhverdian, A., van Elsas, E., van der Brug, W., & Kuhn, T. (2013). Euroscepticism and education: a longitudinal study of 12 EU member states, 1973-2010. European Union Politics, 14(4), 522-541. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116513489779 [details]

    2012

    • van der Meer, T., Lubbe, R., van Elsas, E., Elff, M., & van der Brug, W. (2012). Bounded volatility in the Dutch electoral battlefield: a panel study on the structure of changing vote intentions in the Netherlands 2006-2010. Acta Politica, 47(4), 333-355. https://doi.org/10.1057/ap.2012.5 [details]
    • van der Meer, T., van Elsas, E., Lubbe, R., & van der Brug, W. (2012). Kieskeurige kiezers: een panelstudie naar de veranderlijkheid van partijvoorkeuren. B en M : Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij, 39(2), 153-178. [details]

    2014

    • Lessard-Phillips, L., Fleischmann, F., & van Elsas, E. (2014). Ethnic minorities and educational systems in ten Western countries: migration flows, policies and institutional differences. In A. F. Heath, & Y. Brinbaum (Eds.), Unequal attainments: ethnic educational inequalities in ten Western countries (pp. 25-61). (Proceedings of the British Academy; No. 196). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]

    2012

    • van der Meer, T., Lubbe, R., van Elsas, E., & van der Brug, W. (2012). Los zand of geëmancipeerde burgers? Bewegingen op de Nederlandse kiezersmarkt 2006-2010. Ontwikkelingen in het marktonderzoek: jaarboek MarktOnderzoekAssociatie, 2012(37), 211-227, 244. [details]
    • van der Meer, T., van Elsas, E., Lubbe, R., & van der Brug, W. (2012). Kieskeurige kiezers: een onderzoek naar de veranderlijkheid van Nederlandse kiezers, 2006-2010. Amsterdam: Departement politicologie Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]

    2018

    • Brosius, A., van Elsas, E. J., & de Vreese, C. H. (2018). Consistency and priming effects on the measurement of trust in the EU. Paper presented at Politicologenetmaal, Leiden, Netherlands.
    • Brosius, A., van Elsas, E. J., & de Vreese, C. H. (2018). Trust in the European Union: Effects of media visibility and tonality.. Paper presented at ICA, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Goldberg, A. C., van Elsas, E. J., & de Vreese, C. H. (2018). Mismatch? The differential discrepancy between elites’ and citizens’ EU attitudes across four countries. Paper presented at Domestic Contestation of the European Union, London, United Kingdom.

    2017

    • van Elsas, E. J., Goldberg, A. C., & de Vreese, C. H. (2017). EU issue voting and the 2014 EP election campaign: A dynamic perspective. Paper presented at EPSA Annual Conference, Italy.

    • Goldberg, A. C., van Elsas, E. J., & de Vreese, C. H. (2018). Soft, harder, hard? Exploring and explaining Dutch preferences for an EU exit and its different possible scenarios.. Paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions, Nicosia, Cyprus.
    • Marquart, F., Goldberg, A. C., van Elsas, E. J., Brosius, A., & de Vreese, C. H. (2018). It’s EUr choice. Selective exposure to and effects of media coverage on European Union attitudes. Paper presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Ghent, Belgium.

    Award

    • van Elsas, E., Hakhverdian, A. & van der Brug, W. (2016). The Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prize.
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