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University of Salzburg
Comparative democratization, methodology, surveys, representation, electoral systems
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About Me

Jessica Fortin-Rittberger, Ph.D. is a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg. She completed a Ph.D. in political science at McGill University in 2008, after which she was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Fond Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture, which she held at the University of Lüneburg. She also held positions as visiting chair in Comparative Government at the University of Mannheim (2010-11) and was a Senior Researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2009-2013). Her main areas of research interest include political developments in former communist countries, political institutions and their measurement, women’s political representation, as well as the impact of state capacity on democratization. Her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Democratization, and West European Politics. Current research projects she has initiated deal with the effects of electoral systems

Recent Publications

(*Journal in Social Science Citation Index)

  • *2016. Jessica Fortin-Rittberger. “Cross-national Gender-gaps in Political Knowledge: How Much is Due to Context?” Political Research Quarterly. (Forthcoming).
  • 2016. Jessica Fortin-Rittberger, David Howell, Stephen Quinlan and Bojan Todosijevic. “Supplementing cross-national surveys with contextual data” in Christof Wolf, Dominique Joye, Tom W Smith, Yang-chih Fu (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology, Sage Publishers. (Forthcoming)
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Germany, post-soviet countries

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