Eline de Rooij

Associate Professor

Political Science

Eline de Rooij

Associate Professor

Political Science


  • M.A. (First-Class), University of Nijmegen
  • D.Phil., Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • Voter Turnout
  • Non-electoral Political Participation
  • Political Engagement of Minority and Marginal Groups
  • Anti-immigrant Attitudes and Ethnic Prejudice
  • Field Experimental Methods

Teaching Streams

  • Diversity & Migration
  • Public Policy & Democratic Governance
  • Research Methods & Analysis


Central to most of my work is how we can encourage people who don’t typically vote or participate in politics to do so, in order to increase their voice in politics. I study how individuals become politically interested, knowledgeable and informed, and how political actors can mobilize individuals to be politically active. In my research, I also pay particular attention to the role of group identities and interactions with others in fostering political engagement.

I am currently working on three main projects: 1) a study aimed at examining voter mobilization in intimate social networks; 2) a SSHRC-funded project on the factors that shape immigrants’ political attitudes and behavior; and 3) a study of the role of ideological group identity and group norms in political decision-making.

Much of my work relies on the use of experiments, mostly in the field (also called randomized controlled trials), but also in a computer lab or embedded in a survey.

I enjoy teaching students at all levels and in a range of subjects, from the very first introductory course on Politics and Government, to upper-level seminars on topics such as Identity Politics, to graduate courses on research design and methods, including field experimental methods.

Harvard Dataverse Profile


  • 2019. “Identity and the Self‐Reinforcing Effects of Norm Compliance.” Southern Economic Journal (Early View), 1-19 (with Mark A. Pickup and Erik O. Kimbrough).
  • 2017. “All in the Family: Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks – a Spillover Experiment.” American Journal of Political Science 61 (2): 289-304 (with Florian Foos). Replication data: Harvard Dataverse, doi:10.7910/DVN/ZFLG25, Version 1, Released June 18, 2016. Available at: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/ZFLG25
  • 2017. “Radio Public Service Announcements and Voter Participation among Native Americans: Evidence from Two Field Experiments.” Political Behavior 39 (2): 327-346 (with Donald P. Green). Replication data: Harvard Dataverse, doi:10.7910/DVN/NW4LIO, Version 1, Released July 11, 2016. Available at: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/NW4LIO 
  • 2015. “Threat, Prejudice and the Impact of the Riots in England.” Social Science Research 51: 369-383 (with Matthew J. Goodwin and Mark Pickup).
  • 2012. Capoccia, Giovanni, Sáez, Lawrence D. and de Rooij, Eline A. “When State Responses Fail: Religion and Secessionism in India 1952-2002.” The Journal of Politics 74(4): 1010-1022 (with Giovanni Capoccia and Lawrence D. Sáez). Replication data: Harvard Dataverse, hdl:1902.1/19120, Version 1, Released November 4, 2012. Available at: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=hdl:1902.1/19120
  • 2012. “Patterns of Immigrant Political Participation: Explaining Differences in Types of Political Participation between Immigrants and the Majority Population in Western Europe.” European Sociological Review 28 (4): 455-481.