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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute in Fiesole.

I studied at the Universities of Rome “Sapienza” (BA, MSc), Leiden (MA), Oxford and Siena (PhD). After my doctoral studies, I held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (2012-2014) and an “Ambizione” Fellowship at the University of Lucerne (2017-2019).

My academic interests center on the interplay between voters, political parties and leaders in democratic elections. My current research project, funded by an “Eccellenza” Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-2024), focuses on affective polarization and its electoral consequences, with a particular emphasis on negative voting in comparative and longitudinal perspective.

I currently serve in the Scientific Committee of the Italian National Election Study (ITANES) and in the Steering Committee of the Consortium of National Election Studies (CNES).


Recent publications

Reiljan, A., Garzia, D., Silva, F. & Trechsel, A. (2023). Patterns of affective polarization in the democratic world: Comparing the polarized feelings towards parties and leaders.
American Political Science Review. Accepted for publication.

Garzia, D., Ferreira da Silva, F. & Maye, S. (2023). Affective polarization in comparative and longitudinal perspective. Public Opinion Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfad004

Ferreira da Silva, F., Reiljan, A., Cicchi, L., Trechsel, A. & Garzia, D. (2023). Three sides of the same coin? Comparing party positions in VAAs, expert surveys and manifesto data.
Journal of European Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2021.1981982