Jonathan Thomas Polk

Jonathan Thomas Polk

Associate Professor

Jonathan Polk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Georgia in 2012.

His teaching and research interests include political parties, European politics, representation, and political participation in economically advanced democracies.


Jonathan’s teaching has included courses on European integration theory and research, democracy and the European Union, and comparative politics. He regularly supervises student research on these topics at the BA, MA and PhD levels.

Current research

Jonathan is a member of the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) research group, which administers web-based surveys to estimate the positions of political party leadership in Europe. Jonathan is also the co-principal investigator of the Swedish Party Membership Survey. This project, supported with a grant from the Swedish Research Council, collects and analyzes information on the political attitudes and behavior of the members from eight Swedish political parties. Finally, Jonathan has an ongoing line of research exploring the immediate and long-term effects of ideological repositioning and party-voter incongruence for mainstream political parties in Europe.

His research has been published in: Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Party Politics, and the Journal of Politics, among other outlets.

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