New PhD Student

Valentin Daur is new PhD student from September 1, 2019.

2019.09.09 | Birgit Kanstrup

My name is Valentin Daur. Recently, I started to work as a PhD fellow at the department. I was born and raised in Germany, where I also received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim in political science with psychology as a minor. Also, I hold a master’s degree in political science from the Universities of Konstanz and Gothenburg.

In my PhD project, I aim to investigate the effects of parliamentary entrance of radical parties on public discourse over immigration. Whereas ample research has examined the determinants of radical right parties’ electoral success, the consequences have received only little attention so far.

I argue that radical right parties are not only a consequence of a radicalized discourse but also a cause. Even if parliamentary entrance might not change attitudes – at least in the short-term – they lead to more people expressing their preexisting anti-immigration sentiments in more radical ways. Consequently, these parties contribute to a ‘normalization’ of these sentiments in public discourse.

In my research I will look at questions such as: What are the psychological mechanisms driving the relationship between parliamentary entrance of radical right parties and a radicalization of public discourse? Are some citizens more prone to such influences than others?

Rune Slothuus and Ann-Kristin Kölln will supervise my project.

My office is in building 1341, room 116. I look forward to meeting you all.

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