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Petra Schleiter

Petra Schleiter

(BSc MPhil DPhil)

Joint Head of Department, Professor of Comparative Politics and Tutorial Fellow (St Hilda's College)
Comparative Politics and Government
(01865) 288560
St Hilda's College

I am a Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Tutorial Fellow of St Hilda’s College, and Constitution Unit Fellow at University College London.

Together with Nicholas Owen, I serve as joint Head of Department.  We divide up the work as follows.  I lead on research, finance, the REF, the department's relations with Division and key aspects of academic HR, including recognition of distinction and the award of titles.   Nicholas leads on teaching and courses, non-academic HR, communications, development, building matters, and health and safety.   He also represents the Department on the Divisional Board.   We divide up the work in academic recruitment and staff review and development, as well strategic planning, governance, risk management and equality and diversity.  

I am also an Editor of the British Journal of Political Science, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science.

My research focuses on comparative political institutions, political parties, attitudes and behaviour. My work on political institutions explores the effects of semi-presidentialism, presidentialism, confidence procedures, fixed parliamentary terms and flexible election timing, caretaker conventions and recognition rules on a variety of political outcomes. I have an interest in the political determinants of xeniophobia and gender equality attitudes, and have worked on party system institutionalization and programmatic policy diffusion. My work has been published in journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Parliamentary Affairs and elsewhere.



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