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Javier Martínez-Cantó

Ramón Areces Fellowship & Visiting Scholar 2023-2024

Residency Dates: September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024


Javier Martínez-Cantó

Javier Martínez-Cantó is the inaugural Ramón Areces Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). Martínez-Cantó is a postdoctoral researcher at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies and a member of the Quality of Democracy Research Group at the University of Barcelona. Previously, Martínez-Cantó worked as a postdoctoral researcher and interim professor of comparative politics at University of Konstanz.

Martínez-Cantó’s research is focused on political representation, party politics, and the territorial distribution of power. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2021 at University of Bamberg. His dissertation received the Juan Linz Prize from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (CEPC), an agency associated with the Ministry for the Presidency of Spain, as well as the Hans-Löwel-Preise from University of Bamberg.

During his tenure at CES, Martínez-Cantó will study the institutional, political, and societal conditions upon which political parties become more inclusive or exclusive towards political minorities such as women, ethnic minorities, or the working class.

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


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Barcelona Institute of International Studies
  • Ramon Areces Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

The social inclusiveness of political parties in Europe


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Politics
Party Politics
Political Representation
Legislative Studies

Select Publications

Martínez‐Cantó, Javier, et al. “Foxes and Hedgehogs in Legislatures: Why Do Some MPs Become Policy Specialists and Others Generalists?” Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2022,

Martínez-Cantó, Javier, and Tània Verge. “Interpersonal Resources and Insider/Outsider Dynamics in Party Office.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 56, no. 1, 2022, pp. 131–157,

Geese, Lucas, and Javier Martínez-Cantó. “Working as a Team: Do Legislators Coordinate Their Geographic Representation Efforts in Party-Centred Environments?” Party Politics, 2022, p. 135406882210981,