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Nikoleta Yordanova

Director of Studies / Associate Professor

Dr. N. Yordanova
+31 70 800 3843

Nikoleta Yordanova is Associate Professor in European Politics and Director of Studies at the Institute of Political Science.

More information about Nikoleta Yordanova

Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova is Associate Professor in European Politics. She is also Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms” (SFB884), University of Mannheim, where she has served as Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded project Legislative Reforms and Party Competition since 2014.

Currently, Dr. Yordanova leads an international research consortium funded by the European NORFACE Network to complete the multi-disciplinary project Willingness and Capacity for EU Policy Action in Turbulent Times: Conflicts, Positions and Outcomes (EUINACTION).

She specialises in the study of European Union and comparative legislative politics. Her research focuses on political institutions, legislative behaviour, policy-making, delegation and compliance as well as policy reforms under coalition governments in European parliamentary democracies.

She studied political science at Jacobs University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She received her PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2010. Her doctoral thesis was recognised with the ECPR Duncan Black Award, the EUSA Best Dissertation Prize and the EUI’s François Mény PhD Prize. Before joining Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science, Nikoleta was Assistant Professor (Junior Professor) in European Politics at the University of Mannheim (2013-2019), where she was the Coordinator of the BA programme in Political Science. She was also Research Fellow at the University of Mannheim (2010-2012) and Research Collaborator at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) (2008-2009). She conducted part of her research at the European Parliament.

Her work has been published in European Union Politics, European Political Science Review, German Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Public Policy and Administration, West European Politics as well as book chapters. She is the author of Organizing the European Parliament: The Role of Committees.

For her curriculum vitae and further information, please refer to her personal website:


You can also follow Nikoleta Yordanova on Twitter: @NYYordanova.


She teaches courses on the politics of policy-making, EU institutions and policies, challenges to European integration and Euroscepticism, and supervises research students in these and related fields.

PhD supervision

Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:

  • European Integration
  • EU institutions and policy-making processes
  • Political institutions, parliaments and legislative behaviour

See more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Director of Studies / Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 6.13



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