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Dr. Marc van the Wardt is Associate Professor at the School of Business and Economics, Ethics, Governance and Society of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has master’s degrees in Communication Studies and Sociology and a PhD in Political Science. After he obtained his PhD in 2014 at the University of Amsterdam, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on an international project on the political representation of citizens of immigrants origin in various European countries. In 2016, he was awarded two postdoctoral research grants from the Research Foundation Flanders ‘FWO’ and the Fund for Scientific Research Wallonia ‘FNRS’ to carry out his own research on the emergence of new parties and exit of existing parties. He carried out this research at Ghent University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles and was also affiliated to Tilburg University as an assistant professor.


His research consists of several research lines. First, his dissertation and several follow-up papers focus on the electoral competition between challenger and mainstream parties on issues like immigration and European integration. Second, he has written several articles on the entry of new parties and the exit of existing ones. Most of his studies focus on party entry and exit in consolidated Western European democracies; yet, recently, he has also started a project on party survival in the newer democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. Third, he had published on the descriptive and substantive representation of politically underrepresented groups. He is particularly interested in what determines whether politicians from underrepresented groups (i.e., women, ethnic minorities and lower educated) “survive” within their parliamentary party. Most of Marc’s work is interdisciplinary, as he applies insights from organizational theory (i.e., organizational ecology and homophily theory) and psychology (e.g., bounded rationality theory).

His work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, the Journal of Politics, Party Politics and West European Politics. His dissertation was nominated for best dissertation 2014 by Dutch and Flemish Political Science Association.


Marc has a diverse teaching background. He has taught numerous courses on research design and statistics, from BA to research master’s level, aimed at students from different disciplinary backgrounds. Furthermore, he has taught many substantive courses on political behavior. Recently, he has taught in international business administration. Finally, he will be engaged in the executive teaching program of the VU School of Governance.   

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