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Christoph Arndt

Christoph Arndt
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Module Convenor of Introduction to Contemporary Democracy (PO1ICD) and The Study of Politics (PO2SOP)
  • Library Rep of Department

Areas of interest

Voting behaviour, party politics, public opinion, welfare state, public policy, comparative politics, German politics, Scandinavian politics.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising students on the topics of:

  • voting behaviour
  • political parties
  • welfare state and social policy
  • public policy
  • comparative politics.

And on the topics of:

  • Western Europe
  • Scandinavia.


I received my PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in 2011, following a master's degree in sociology.

Prior to arriving at the University of Reading I was a postdoc and assistant professor at Aarhus University. During this time, I worked on a project on how new cultural issues such as immigration, law and order and national identify have reshaped electoral alignments and party politics in Denmark since 1968.

Another now finished comparative project with myself as Co-investigator further examined how welfare state reforms affect support for the incumbent government and how policymakers strategically act to hide the consequences of unpopular decisions and policies.

I am currently working on a comparative project that investigates popular support for climate change policies and energy policy. Another current area of interest is how populist parties can break the cordon sanitaire that is put around them.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Political Science, Aarhus University 2011
  • MS Sociology (Diplom-Soziologe), University of Bremen 2007
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018
  • Advanced quantitative methods, hierarchical statistical models, STATA, survey methodology, case study research.

Awards and honours

  • Postdoctoral Grant for project 'The Micro Foundation of Issue Voting and Issue Competition', DKK 1,198642, granted by The Danish Council for Independent Research, 2011–2014.
  • Publication Grant for 'The Electoral Consequences of Welfare State Reforms', published at Amsterdam University Press, DKK 12,200, granted by Aarhus University Research Foundation, 2013.
  • Prize for the best article in the Danish political science journal Politica in Volume 44 (2012), 2013.
  • Nominated for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research, 2012.
  • The German Sociological Association's (DGS) prize for an outstanding diploma thesis in sociology in 2008, prize handed out at the DGS congress 2008, Jena, Germany.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Aarhus University (2008–2017)
  • University of Bremen (2002–2008)


Christoph Arndt's CV