Prof. C.T. van Ham (Carolien)
Professor - Empirical Political Science
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
Carolien van Ham is Professor of Empirical Political Science at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Her research focuses on legitimacy and political representation, democratization and authoritarianism, electoral integrity and fraud, and the connection between democracy and human rights. Van Ham has published in the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, International Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, Democratization, as well as numerous book chapters, and co-edited Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2017).
She is also a research associate at the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney, a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project at Sydney and Harvard University, and a research associate at the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg .
Before coming to Nijmegen, van Ham worked as a (Senior) Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of New South Wales (Australia, 2015-2019), as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente (Netherlands, 2012-2014), and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden, 2014). She obtained her PhD in 2012 at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).
Van Ham received various grants and awards for her research, including the Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015-2017) for the project Getting elections right?
In Nijmegen she will set up and expand a Centre for Democracy & Representative Government, in which the research of Nijmegen political scientists into democratic renewal and political (and socio-economic) representation is brought together. Topics such as democratic legitimacy, political mobilization and populism, democratic reform and the changing role of political parties are part of this research agenda.
- Ham, C.T. van (2020). Election integrity. In Robert Rohrschneider & Jacques Thomassen (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies (pp. 113-137). Oxford: Oxford University Press doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198825081.013.5
- James, S., Garnett, H., Loeber, L. & Ham, C.T. van (2019). Electoral management and the organisational determinants of electoral integrity: Introduction. International Political Science Review, 40 (3), 295-312. doi: 10.1177/0192512119828206
- Birch, S. & Ham, C.T. van (2017). Getting away with foul play? The importance of formal and informal oversight institutions for electoral integrity. European Journal of Political Research, 56 (3), 487-511. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12189 Full text
- Ham, C.T. van, Thomassen, J.J.A., Aarts, K. & Andeweg, R.B. (Ed.). (2017). Myth and Reality of the Legitimacy Crisis: Explaining Trends and Cross-National Differences in Established Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198793717.001.0001
- Ham, C.T. van (2015). Getting elections right? Measuring electoral integrity. Democratization, 22 (4), 714-737. doi: 10.1080/13510347.2013.877447
- Martinez Coma, F. i & Ham, C.T. van (2015). Can experts judge elections? Testing the validity of expert judgments for measuring election integrity. European Journal of Political Research, 54 (2), 305-325. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12084
- Thomassen, J. & Ham, C.T. van (2014). Failing Political Representation or a Change in Kind? Models of Representation and Empirical Trends in Europe. West European Politics, 37 (2, SI), 400-419. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2014.887881
- Smets, K. & Ham, C.T. van (2013). The embarrassment of riches? A meta-analysis of individual-level research on voter turnout. Electoral Studies, 32 (2), 344-359. doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2012.12.006
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Research grants and prizes
- 2015 - Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2015-2017)
- 2021 - REDRESS - Revitalized democracy for resilient societies (National Science Agenda) (2021-2026) More information