I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin and hold the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council and a TRiSS Research Fellowship. My PhD thesis focuses on the perception, coding, coverage, and fulfilment of election pledges.
In collaborative projects I analyse government support throughout the legislative cycle; the relationship between campaign effort and legislative activity; preference distribution under cumulative voting; citizens’ (dis)approval of participatory electoral systems; and voters’ expectations of coalition formation.
Methodologically, I focus on quantitative text analysis and crowd-sourced datasets to enhance our understanding of party competition, campaign strategies and the degree of election pledge fulfilment. I am a core contributor to the quanteda R package and a developer of TADA - The Text as Data App.