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Dr Lise Esther Herman

Senior Lecturer in Politics


My research bridges the fields of comparative politics, party studies and normative democratic theory, with a primary focus on the theory and practice of democratic partisanship. I am especially interested in the role of partisan agency in the contemporary crises facing representative democracy. This includes the rise of the populist radical right in established democracies and processes of democratic backsliding in newly established democracies--with a particular focus on Hungarian politics. I have published articles on these themes in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Representation and the European Political Science Review, and have edited a Routledge volume on the mainstreaming of populist politics (see "Publications" tab).

I hold a PhD in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). For this work I was awarded in 2017 the Political Studies Association (PSA) McDougall Prize for best thesis in the field of Elections, Electoral Systems and Representation studies. Previously to joining the University of Exeter, I held a position as Teaching Fellow in Political Science at Sciences Po in Paris. I am also an External Expert in French and Hungarian politics for Oxford Analytica since 2014.

For prospective PhD candidates, please see the "Research supervision" tab.

My pronouns are she/her

Research supervision

Prospective doctoral candidates should get in touch via email. I welcome projects interested in:

  • Contemporary populist and radical right politics
  • Theories of democratic partisanship and their empirical application
  • Post-communist democratization and party politics in Central Eastern Europe
  • European Union rule of law politics


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