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Dr Sofia Collignon


Deputy Director of the Mile End Institute & Lecturer in Comparative Politics

Twitter: @SofiaColMar


Sofia is an expert in the study of candidates, elections, parties, and gendered violence against political elites. Her most recent research lays in the intersection of elite politics and public opinion and uses mainly quantitative methods and interviews. She joined QMUL in 2022 and was previously Lecturer in Political Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

In addition to her increasingly impactful research, Sofia advises national and international governments and non-governmental organisations on key policy and delivery issues, especially related to abuse, harassment and intimidation in public life. Her work has been covered by international media outlets including The Atlantic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, Sky Newsthe BBC, and CNN.

Sofia's publications include:

'Increasing the cost of female representation? The gendered effects of harassment, abuse and intimidation towards Parliamentary candidates in the UK' - which was selected as the best paper published by the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties in 2021.

'Sexual Predators in Contest for Public Office: How the American Electorate responds to news of allegations of candidates committing sexual assault and harassment' - which has been downloaded more than 60,000 times, making it the most downloaded paper of Political Studies Review. 


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