I work as an assistant professor at the Tilburg Institute of Governance of Tilburg University and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of Ghent University. My research focusses on the behaviour of political parties (i.e. party entry, party exit, party platform change and issue competition) and political representation (i.e. descriptive representation and turnover of parliamentarians). My research line on party entry and exit in national party systems received research grants from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Fund for Scientific Research Wallonia (FNRS). My work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science (forthcoming), European Union Politics, the Journal of Politics, Party Politics and West European Politics. In addition I have taught numerous courses on political behaviour and research methods and statistics.