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Tobias Nowacki

DPhil student
DPhil in Politics

I am a first-year DPhil student in Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and Nuffield College, both at Oxford. For my (article-based) DPhil, I conduct research in the fields of comparative political institutions and legislative behaviour. More specifically, I am interested in the link between electoral systems and dissenting votes in parliamentary parties, as well as legislators’ speeches and other public behaviour; to this end, I have developed a new, individual-level measure of electoral vulnerability. I am also seeking to examine the relationship between the degree of personal accountability in electoral systems and voters’ choices: do voters still vote for party labels in candidate-centred electoral systems? I work with quantitative methods and am always interested in new causal inference strategies and new approaches dealing with observational data.

More broadly, my research interests comprise (comparative) political institutions and parties, (quantitative) methods and causal inference strategies, and legislative behaviour. I hold a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Warwick University and have completed a MSc in Politics Research at St Cross College, Oxford. Throughout the latter, I have been supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. I have also worked as research assistant for various projects and am currently also teaching seminars in first-year Quantitative Methods at the University of Warwick.

Tobias Nowacki