I am a political scientist and Senior Researcher at VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research.
Most of my research is within the field of political behavior and psychology. Substantively, my research focuses on issues such as citizen trust in politicians, attitudes on economic inequality, the use of numerical rhetoric among politicians and news media coverage of politics and politicians. For more, check out my Publications or Google Scholar.
Methodologically, most of my work is based on surveys and experiments, although I also do some research based on register data, content analyses and qualitative interviews.
Diana Mutz and I were recently awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award in Political Science Research and Methods (PRSM) for our article“Attitudes Toward Economic Inequality: The Illusory Agreement”
Abstract: Recent studies of attitudes toward economic inequality suggest that most people around the world prefer very low levels of inequality, despite well-known trends toward greater inequality within many countries. Even within countries, people across the political spectrum are said to be in remarkable agreement about the ideal level of economic inequality. Using survey data from 40 countries and a novel survey experiment in the United States, we show that this apparent agreement is illusory. When relying on a widely used cross-national survey measure of Ideal Pay Ratios, preferred levels of inequality are heavily influenced by two well-documented sources of perceptual distortion: the anchoring effect and ratio bias. These effects are substantial and many times larger than the influence of fundamental political predispositions. As a result, these cross-national survey measures tapping preferences regarding economic inequality produce misleading conclusions about desired levels of inequality.