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Michael Meffert

Assistant Professor

Name
Dr. M.F. Meffert
Telephone
+31 71 527 3862
E-mail
m.f.meffert@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Michael F. Meffert is a lecturer in Political Psychology and Political Communication at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. He holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a MA in Political Science and English Studies from the University of Mannheim, Germany. Prior to arriving at Leiden University, Dr. Meffert was an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park (1999-2004), and a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre for Rationality, Decision Making, and Economic Modelling (SFB 504) at the University of Mannheim (2004-2008).

His dissertation examined the effects of political information from media sources and personal networks on candidate evaluations and vote intentions. His current research is focused on motivated information processing, in particular how voters select and are affected by (negative) political information, and strategic voting in multiparty systems with coalition governments. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review (with Helmut Norpoth and Anirudh V.S. Ruhil), the Journal of Communication (with Sungeun Chung, Amber Joiner, Leah Waks, and Jennifer Garst), and various book chapters. Dr. Meffert is currently teaching the courses ‘Research Methods in Political Science’, ‘Theories and Methods’, and ‘Political Psychology’.

PhD supervision

Michael F. Meffert is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:

  • political communication (esp. selective exposure)
  • political psychology (esp. motivated information processing)
  • electoral behavior (esp. strategic coalition voting)

See for more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 5B11

Contact

  • Tromble R.K. & Meffert M.F. (2018), Tweeting with Benefits: The Effect of Politicians’ Twitter Interactions on Citizens’ Perceptions and Efficacy. Vienna: Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association.conference paper
  • Tromble R.K. & Meffert M.F. (2018), When Voters and Politicians Meet on Social Media: The Effect of Experiencing Interactivity on Political Attitudes. Leiden: 17th Dutch-Belgian Politicologenetmaal.conference paper
  • Meffert M.F. (17 March 2017), When Party and Issue Preferences Clash: Selective Exposure and Attitudinal Depolarization (Lecture) Research Workshop “What People Know and Think: The Role of Attitudes and Information in the Process of Political Decision-Making and Policy Use,” University of Bamberg, Germany, March 16-17, 2017.other
  • Saldner S. & Meffert M.F. (2017), Immigration Attitudes: The Role of Values and Contextual Factors. Annual conference of the European Political Science Association (22/06/2017-24/06/2017, Milan).conference paper: refereed
  • Gschwend T. & Meffert M.F. (2017), Strategic Voting. In: Arzheimer K. (Ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 339-366.book chapter
  • Meffert M.F. (2017), Voters’ Coalition Preferences: Policy or Affect? 16th Dutch-Belgian Politicologenetmaal (01/06/2017-02/06/2017, Leiden).conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2017), Voters’ Coalition Preferences: Policy or Affect? Annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (29/06/2017-02/07/2017, Edinburgh).conference paper: refereed
  • Gschwend T., Meffert M.F. & Stoetzer L.F. (2017), Weighting Parties and Coalitions: How Coalition Signals Influence Voting Behavior, Journal of Politics 79(2): 642-655.article in journal: refereed
  • Tromble R.K. & Meffert M.F. (2016), The life and death of frames: Dynamics of media frame duration, International Journal of Communication 2016(10): 5079–5101.article in journal: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Nagtzaam M. (2016), Voting for radical right-wing parties: The role of fear. Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (01/09/2016-04/09/2016, Philadelphia).conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2016), When party and issue preferences clash: Selective exposure and attitudinal depolarization. Annual conference of the European Political Science Association (23/06/2016-25/06/2016, Brussels, Belgium).conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2016), When Party and Issue Preferences Clash: Selective Exposure and Attitudinal Depolarization. Annual conference of the International Communication Association (09/06/2016-13/06/2016, Fukuoka, Japan).conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2016), When party and issue preferences clash: Selective exposure and attitudinal depolarization. Annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (13/07/2016-16/07/2016, Warsaw, Poland).conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2015), Informationsverarbeitung und Entscheidungsfindung [Information processing and decision making]. In: Zmerli S., Feldman O. (Eds.) Politische Psychologie. Handbuch für Studium und Wissenschaft. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 85-104.book chapter
  • Meffert M.F. (2015), Strategic coalition voting in multiparty systems: assessing strategies and conditions by simulation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Political Science Association, Vienna, 25-27 June 2015.conference paper: refereed
  • Tromble R. & Meffert M.F. (2015), The life and death of frames: A dynamic analysis of media frame duration. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, 21-25 May 2015.conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2015), When party and issue preferences clash: selective exposure and attitudinal depolarization. Paper presented at the Politicologenetmaal, Maastricht, 12-13 June 2015.conference paper: refereed
  • Gschwend T., Stötzer L. & Meffert M.F. (2014), How coalition signals influence voting behavior. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Nagtzaam M.A.M. (2014), Voting for right-wing populist parties: The role of fear. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Rome, Italy.conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Hopmann D.N. (2014), Media use and political polarization: A comparative study of advanced Western democracies. Paper presented at the expert seminar “Polarization in politics and media coverage” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.conference paper
  • Meffert M.F. & Nagtzaam M.A.M. (2014), Voting for right-wing populist parties: The role of fear. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Political Science Association, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Nagtzaam M.A.M. (2014), Fear, out-group attitudes, and voting for right-wing populist parties. Paper presented at the 13th Dutch-Belgian Politicologenetmaal, Maastricht, Netherlands.conference paper: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2014), Strategic voting, proportional representation, and coalition governments: A laboratory experiment. Paper presented at the Montreal Voting Experiment Workshop of the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) project, Montreal, Canada.conference paper: refereed
  • Tromble R.K. & Meffert M.F. (2014), A dynamic analysis of media framing: The 2006 Danish Muhammad cartoon controversy. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Political Science Association, Edinburgh, June 19-21.conference paper: refereed
  • Federer-Shtayer H. & Meffert M.F. (2014), The block-weighted cleavage salience index, Party Politics 20(3): 324-329.article in journal: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Hopmann D.N. (2013), Interpersonal disagreement as moderator of media effects. International Society of Political Psychology, Herzliya.conference paper
  • Meffert M.F. & Hopmann D.N. (2013), Media selection and partisan fragmentation: A comparative study of advanced Western democracies. International Communication Association, London.conference paper
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2013), Strategic voting, proportional representation, and coalition governments: A laboratory experiment. International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam.conference paper
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2012), Explaining Strategic Coalition Voting: Policy or Affect?. Berlin. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2012), Coalition Preferences in Multiparty Systems. Hong Kong. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2012), When Party and Issue Preferences Clash: Selective Exposure and Attitudinal Depolarization. Phoenix, AZ. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Hopmann D.N. (2012), Media Selection and Partisan Segregation: A Comparative Study of Advanced Western Democracies. Antwerp, Belgium. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2012), Experimental Triangulation of Coalition Signals: Varying Designs, Converging Results. In: Kittel B., Luhan W.J., Morton R.B. (Eds.) Experimental Political Science: Principles and Practices. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 140-160.book chapter
  • Bytzek E., Gschwend T., Huber S., Linhart E. & Meffert M.F. (2012), Koalitionssignale und ihre Wirkungen auf Wahlentscheidungen, Politisches Vierteljahresschrift (Special Issue 45): 393-418.article in journal: refereed
  • Chung S., Fink E.L., Waks L., Meffert M.F. & Xie X. (2012), Sequential Information Integration and Belief Trajectories: An Experimental Study Using Candidate Evaluations, Communication Monographs 79(2): 160-180.article in journal: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2011), Motivated Voters and Campaign Information: Information Selection, Processing, and Effects in a Multiparty System. Reykjavik, Iceland. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Joiner A., Chung S. & Waks L. (2011), Motivated Voters and Negative Information: When Attention Leads to Attitudinal Polarization.. Istanbul, Turkey. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2011), Strategic Coalition Voting in Multiparty Systems: A Simulation. Amsterdam, Netherlands. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2011), Selective Exposure and Audience Fragmentation? An Assessment of Partisan Selectivity in Germany.. Boston. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Joiner A., Chung S. & Waks L. (2011), Motivated Information Processing: From Information Selection to Attitudinal Polarization.. St. Gallen, Switzerland. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2011), Partisan Selectivity for Information and Media Sources.. Segovia, Spain. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Huber S., Gschwend T. & Pappi F.U. (2011), More than Wishful Thinking: Causes and Consequences of Voters’ Electoral Expectations about Parties and Coalitions, Electoral Studies 30(4): 804-815.article in journal: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2011), Polls, Coalition Signals, and Strategic Voting: An Experimental Investigation of Perceptions and Effects, 50(5): 636-667.article in journal: refereed
  • Meffert M.F. (2010), Motivated Information Processing: From Information Selection to Attitudinal Polarization. Copenhagen, Denmark. [other]other
  • Chung S., Waks L., Fink E.L., Meffert M.F. & Xie X. (2010), The Evolution of Candidate Evaluation via Information Integration: Trajectories Resulting from Multiple Messages. San Francisco, United States. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2010), Coalition Signals as Cues for Party and Coalition Preferences. Washington, DC, United States. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2010), Coalition Signals as Voter Cues. San Francisco, United States. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2010), Coalition Signals and Vote Intentions. Singapore. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2010), Exposure and Perception: Campaign Information and the German Voter during the 2009 Election Campaign. Leuven, Belgium. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2010), Coalition Signals as a Voter Cue. Segovia, Spain. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2010), Strategic coalition voting: Evidence from Austria, Electoral Studies 29(3): 339-349.article in journal: refereed
  • Chung S., Meffert M.F., Waks L., Waheed M. & Velazquez A.L.I. (2009), A Dynamic Model of Attitudes toward Candidates and Attitudes toward Issues. Chicago, United States. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2009), Coalition Governments and Strategic Voting: A Laboratory Experiment. Toronto, Canada. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2009), Coalition signals and vote decisions: A survey experiment. Toronto, Canada. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Gschwend T. & Schütze N. (2009), Coalition preferences in multiparty systems. Dublin, Ireland. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. (2009), Strategic Coalition Voting in Multiparty Systems: A Simulation. Bern, Switzerland. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2009), Polls, Coalition Signals, and Strategic Voting: An Experimental Investigation of Perceptions and Effects. Berg en Dal, Nederland. [other]other
  • Huber S., Gschwend T., Meffert M.F. & Pappi F.U. (2009), Erwartungsbildung über den Wahlausgang und ihr Einfluss auf die Wahlentscheidung. In: Gabriel O.W., Wessels B., Falter J.W. (Eds.) Wahlen und Wähler. Analysen aus Anlass der Bundestagswahl 2005. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. 561-584.book chapter
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2009), Strategisches Wählen in Mehrparteiensystemen: Ein Gruppenexperiment. In: Henning C., Linhart E., Shikano S. (Eds.) Parteienwettbewerb, Wählerverhalten und Koalitionsbildung. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 107-132.book chapter
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Strategic coalition voting: Evidence from Austria. Boston, USA. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Strategic voting under proportional representation and coalition governments: A laboratory experiment. Paris, France. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Strategic voting in multiparty systems: A group experiment. Mainz, Germany. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Huber S., Gschwend T. & Pappi F.U. (2008), More than wishful thinking: Causes and consequences of voters’ expectations about election outcomes.. Montreal, Canada. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Chung S., Waks L., Waheed M. & Velazquez A.L.I. (2008), When my favorite candidate opposes my favorite position on an issue: The effect of incongruent messages on attitude change toward the issue and toward the source. Montreal, Canada. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Polls, coalition signals, and strategic voting: An experimental investigation of perceptions and effects.. Duisburg, Germany. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Voting for coalitions? The role of coalition preferences and expectations in voting behavior. Chicago, USA. [other]other
  • Meffert M.F., Huber S., Gschwend T. & Pappi F.U. (2008), Erwartungsbildung über den wahlausgang und ihr einfluss auf die wahlentscheidung.. Mannheim: University of Mannheim.report
  • Meffert M.F. & Gschwend T. (2008), Strategic voting in multiparty systems: A group experiment. Mannheim, Germany: University of Mannheim.report
  • Meffert M.F. (2008), Wenn affären wellen schlagen: Zum einfluss der landes- und bundespolitik auf das wahlverhalten in Schleswig-Holstein.. In: Völkl K., Schnapp K.U., Holtmann E., Gabriel O.W. (Eds.) Wähler und Landtagswahlen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Baden-Baden: Nomos. 287-308.book chapter

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