I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin and hold a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council. Starting in January 2019 I am going to be a researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. I am also a core contributor to the quanteda R package, member of the Quanteda Initiative, and author of extensive tutorials on quantitative text analysis.
In my PhD thesis, I reassess the concept of election pledges, analyse circumstances under which political parties and candidates decide to make promises, claim credit, or attribute blame, and examine how the media report on election promises throughout the electoral cycle. I am involved in collaborative projects about parties, public opinion, the incumbency advantage, legislative behaviour, and quantitative text analysis.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in Political Science Research and Methods, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, the International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, and the Journal of Open Source Software.