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Erica Edwards

Asst Teaching Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Winston Hall 125

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I am a Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the faculty at NCSU, I served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Ohio. Though I spent seven years in the Midwest, I am no stranger to the South or to North Carolina. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I later served for five years as the Executive Director of the Center for European Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, during which time I was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Originally from Houston, Texas, I have lived in four states and five European countries. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. With my eye on Europe, I traveled to Belgium as a Fulbright Scholar to complete my MA from the Collège d’Europe. I went on to receive my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after which I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University Amsterdam. My main teaching and research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, political parties and party systems, governance and politics of the European Union, public opinion, and comparative welfare states.


“Explaining the Salience of Anti-elitism and Reducing Political Corruption for Political Parties in Europe with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Data,” with J. Polk, J. Rovny, R. Bakker, L. Hooghe, S. Jolly, J. Koedam, F. Kostelka, G. Marks, G. Schumacher, and M. Steenbergen. Research & Politics, 4(1), 2017.

“Measuring Party Positions in Europe: The Chapel Hill Expert Survey Trend File, 1999-2010,” with R. Bakker, C. de Vries, L. Hooghe, S. Jolly, G. Marks, J. Polk, J. Rovny, M. Steenbergen, M. Vachudova. Party Politics, 21(1) 143–152, 2015.

“Anchoring the Experts: Using Vignettes to Compare Party Ideology Across Countries,” with R. Bakker, S. Jolly, J. Polk, J. Rovny, M. Steenbergen. Research & Politics, 1.3 (October-December): 1-8, 2014.

“Struggle over Dimensionality: Party Competition in Europe” with J. Rovny. East European Politics and Society 26(1): 56-74, 2012.

“The Return of ‘Social Europe’. Ideas and Positions of German Parties towards the Future of European Integration” with A. Wimmel. German Politics 20(2): 293-314, 2011.

“Mean Voter Representation versus Mean Partisan Representation: Do Parties Respond to the Mean Voter Position or to Their Supporters?” with L. Ezrow, M. Steenbergen, and C. de Vries. Party Politics 17(3): 275-301, 2011.

“Clarity of Responsibility beyond the Pocketbooks: How Political Institutions Mediate EU Issue Voting” with C. de Vries and E. Tillman. Comparative Political Studies 44(3): 339-63, 2011.

“Reliability and Validity of Measuring Party Positions: The Chapel Hill Expert Surveys of 2002 and 2006” with L. Hooghe, R. Bakker, A. Brigevich, C. de Vries, G. Marks, J. Rovny, M. Steenbergen, and M. Vachudova. European Journal of Political Research 49(5): 687-703, 2010.

“Taking Europe to Its Extremes: Extremist Parties and Public Euroscepticism” with C. de Vries. Party Politics 15: 5-28, 2009.

“Who’s Cueing Whom? Mass-Elite Linkages and the Future of European Integration” with M. Steenbergen and C. de Vries. European Union Politics 8: 39-49, 2007.

“Party Competition and European Integration in East and West Europe: Different Structure, Same Causality” with G. Marks, L. Hooghe, and M. Nelson. Comparative Political Studies 39: 155-75, 2006.


B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) University of Arkansas at Fayetteville May 2000

M.A. European Studies. Très Bien. (Fulbright Scholar) Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Belgium June 2001

Ph.D. Political Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Aug. 2008

Area(s) of Expertise

comparative politics, European politics, political parties, public opinion, comparative welfare states