Current Visiting Researchers


Enrico Tempesta is a Master's student from the department of Political, Economic and Social Science at University of Milan, Italy. His research interests are focused on electoral competition, party system and cleavage politics. He is collaborating with Mariano Torcal and Josep Comellas on the research topic of Affective Polarization.


Maria Pagano is a PhD student at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research interests concern intergroup relations and related phenomena, such as prejudice and discrimination. As a PhD student, she focuses her research on how intergroup relations that occur in different life contexts (such as school or leisure time) influence identity development in adolescence. She is also a team member of the ERC-Consolidator funded project IDENTITIES - Managing Identities in Diverse Societies: A Developmental Intergroup Perspective with Adolescents.



Carlos Arcila Calderon is an Associate Professor at the University of Salamanca (Spain). Editor of the Anuario electrónico de estudios en comunicación social “Disertaciones”. His research interests are focused on hate speech, ICT adoption, media and social media analysis, computational methods and big data.

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Former Visiting Researchers



Dulce Wilkinson Westberg is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research focuses on the nature and implications of structural-individual relations within and across various identity domains including race-ethnicity, gender, and social class. She is particularly interested in diversity of identity-related experiences and seeks to identify and disrupt structural inequalities through her research in ways that help bridge systemic inequalities. Broadly, her interests include personality and identity, narrative, culture, and social justice. 

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Claire Durand is professor of methodology in the department of sociology, Université de Montréal. Her research deals with the impact of methodology on the quality of survey estimates, particularly in the context of electoral surveys. Her recent research also pertains to the combination and harmonization of international surveys on institutional trust and on democracy. She is specifically interested in the use of multilevel longitudinal analysis of repeated measures to analyse the relationship between trust, attitudes toward democracy and expert measures of democracy in the world.

Marta Kolczynska is an assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a visiting researcher at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology. She holds a PhD in sociology (2015-2017) from The Ohio State University. Her work focuses on political trust, in particular on the polarization of political trust, its causes and consequences, and increasingly on other aspects of political polarization. She's also interested in comparative survey methods, including issues related to the quality and comparability of data from cross-national surveys and survey data harmonization.

Annelies Blom is Full Professor of Political Science, Data Science at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and Associate Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Bergen, Norway. Between 2012 and 2022 she was Principal Investigator of the German Internet Panel (GIP) and of the Mannheim Corona Study (MCS) from March 2020. She has published on a variety of methodological issues including interviewer effects, representativeness, response behavior, modular questionnaire designs, and new data collection methods.



Despalatovic, Ljiljana is a senior lecturer in the University Department of Professional Studies at the University in Split, where she had been a faculty member since 2009. She is the deputy head of the Information Technology Department.



Sandra Walzenbach is a survey methodologist with a general interest in methods of empirical social research and big data. Having studied at Mannheim and Konstanz University, most of her work is based on experimental approaches and aims at enhancing data quality in surveys. Visiting from February 24 to 28 2020



Modesto Escobar holds a PhD. (1985) in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid. At present, he is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Communication of the University of Salamanca (1993-2019). His area of interest is social sciences methodology due to his research and his lectures on survey analysis and his publications in many areas. Visiting from February 13 to June 30, 2019.

Hans Hämäläinen Postdoctoral researcher in the frame of the research project “Care, Retirement & Wellbeing of Older People Across Different Welfare Regimes” (CREW) and lecturer at the Open University of Helsinki. Visiting from February 2018 to February 2019



Antti O. Tanskanen Senior lecturer at the University of Helsinki and senior researcher at the University of Turku and Population Research Institute. Visiting from October 2018 to November 2018

Mirkka Danielsbacka Senior researcher at the University of Turku and Population Research Institute. Visiting from October 2018 to November 2018 

Jonathan Zaragoza European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Visiting from June to July 2017 and September to November 2018

Carsten Q. Schneider Professor of Political Science at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Visiting from October 2017 to June 2018

Agata Maria Kraj Third-year doctoral student at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany. Visiting from March 2018 to May 2018

Jan Karem Höhne Postdoctoral researcher at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Visiting from January 2018 to February 2018



Pierluigi Conzo Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Economics & Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" (Univ. of Turin) and affiliate at Collegio Carlo Alberto. Visiting in September 2017



Özgehan Şenyuva Associate Professor at the International Relations Department at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Visiting from July to August 2016



Yang Bai Ph.D. student at University of California Berkeley. Visiting from October 2015 to November 2015

Laura Maruskin Ph.D. student in Social/Personality Psychology at University of California Berkeley. Visiting from October 2015 to November 2015

Craig L. Anderson Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley. Visiting from October 2015 to November 2015 

Maria Monroy Lab Manager at Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. Visiting from October 2015 to November 2015 

Rory Fitzgerald City University London. Director of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys. Director of the European Social Survey (ESS). Visiting in October 2015 

Malcolm Fairbrother School of Geographical Sciences, University Road, Bristol, UK. Visiting from May 2015 to September 2015 

Gary Segura Department of Political Science, Stanford University. Visiting from April 2015 to June 2015 

Laur Lilleoja Institute of International and Social Studies, Tallinn University. Visiting from March 2015 to May 2015



Daniele Toninelli Assistant Professor Economic Statistics, University of Bergamo. Visiting in December 2014