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James Dennison

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


James Dennison

James Dennison is a research fellow at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute (EUI), where he received his Ph.D. in social and political sciences in 2017. At the EUI, Dennison leads the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM), the first observatory to produce comprehensive, pan-EU data on public attitudes toward migration in Europe. His research interests include political attitudes, psychology and behavior and social scientific methods. His work primarily covers Europe as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

At CES, Dennison’s research project will explain the dramatic electoral changes in Europe in the 21st century and offer deeper insights into political psychology and behavior. By using advanced econometric methods, he will theorize and test the relationships between the salience of issues and the electoral success of party families across Europe.

Dennison is the author of The Greens in British Politics (Palgrave, 2016). He has held positions at the University of Oxford and University of Sheffield, where he taught quantitative methods. He regularly advises European and international organizations on the politics of migration and previously worked at the European Commission and the British House of Parliament.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Research Fellow, European University Institute (EUI)
  • Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Explaining Europe’s changing party systems: An issue salience approach


Political Science