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Sofia Vasilopoulou joined the Department of European and International Studies in May 2022 as a Professor of European Politics. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of York, where she previously worked (2011-2022). She is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Political Research.

She has held a visiting research fellowship at the University of Zurich (2014). She has worked at University College London and Aston University (2010-2011). She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.


Sofia Vasilopoulou has published extensively in the fields of electoral politics, public opinion and party politics. She studies the causes and consequences of political dissatisfaction among the public and the ways in which this is channelled through party strategies and party competition. The findings of her research feed into debates about democratic legitimacy, accountability and representation in Europe and the European Union.

She has authored Far Right Parties and Euroscepticism: Patterns of Opposition (ECPR Press and Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and co-authored The Golden Dawn's Nationalist Solution: Explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan 2015 with Daphne Halikiopoulou). Both books have been translated into Greek by Epikedro Publishers.

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Office hours

Monday: 15.30 - 16.30

Wednesday: 10.30 - 11.30


  • Introduction to Politics
  • Far right politics in Europe and beyond 

PhD supervision

Sofia has supervised eight PhD students (six completed; two ongoing) and one visiting PhD student. She also has post-doc mentoring experience.

She welcomes PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Elections, voters and parties
  • Opposition to international cooperation, including Euroscepticism, anti-globalisation, and anti-trade politics.
  • Far right
  • Emotions in politics
  • Representation
  • Climate change scepticism
  • Brexit and the European Union