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Aurelia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Economy of King’s College London. Her research focuses on political sophistication in Southeast Asia, specifically how political concepts are understood, and how they influence political preferences and voting behavior. Currently, she is working on projects on political sophistication and vote choice in Indonesia, political sophistication using original survey in Indonesia (with Dr Damien Bol, King’s), as well as world public opinion on universal political concepts (with Dr Damien Bol and Prof Chris Anderson, Warwick). Prior to King’s College London, Aurelia received her MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from University College London and double degrees in BA Political Science (Hons) and BA Communication (Hons) from Hiram College. She has worked as campaign strategist for local, national, and presidential elections in Indonesia through her own political marketing firm, and is currently working to establish an academic forum for early-career Indonesian researchers. Her research is funded by the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education from the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Finance.

Doctoral Research

Effect of political sophistication on political behaviour in Southeast Asia (and the world)

Research Interests

  • Political sophistication
  • Public opinion
  • Political behaviour
  • Democratization and authoritarianisation
  • Indonesian and Southeast Asian politics


Dr Damien Bol (Primary) and Dr. Ruben Ruiz-Rufino