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William Daniel

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Will Daniel is Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham (UK). He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches modules in comparative politics and research methods. He also serves as the School's Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Deputy Director for the REPRESENT Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy.

Prior to the University of Nottingham, Will was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Francis Marion University in South Carolina (USA). He obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, where he was also affiliated with the University's European Union Center of Excellence and held visiting doctoral studentships at Sciences Po - Paris, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Will holds an MA in Political Science and Graduate Certificates in European Union Studies and Western European Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a BA in French and Political Science from Wake Forest University, and has studied at The German School at Middlebury College.

Expertise Summary

Will's research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with regional expertise in European politics and a substantive interest in representation. He is particularly interested in how the EU has changed national political systems in Europe. More generally, he is interested in how the individual backgrounds and identities of politicians and political elites inform their behaviours.

Will's monograph, Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead through Brussels?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Additional research has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Integration, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Research & Politics, and Politics & Gender.

Teaching Summary

At the University of Nottingham, Will regularly provides teaching on the following modules:

  • POLI 1014 - Intro to Comparative Politics (module convener)
  • POLI 2014 - Crises and Controversies in European Politics
  • POLI 2047 - How Voters Decide
  • POLI 3121 - Gender and Political Representation (module co-convener)

Current students can book on for office hours during term time, using the School of Politics and IR booking page.

Research Summary

Will's ongoing research examines how institutional and system-level changes in legislative and party politics interact with politicians' individual backgrounds and career behaviours. He's currently… read more

Selected Publications

Will is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • European Union and European integration
  • Legislative politics and political parties
  • Gender and political representation
  • Individual backgrounds and the career paths of political elites
  • Mixed method research designs

Interested students should reach out directly by email to discuss project ideas, prior to applying.

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Current Research

Will's ongoing research examines how institutional and system-level changes in legislative and party politics interact with politicians' individual backgrounds and career behaviours. He's currently working on a book manuscript about the uneven implementation of gender quotas in Europe and how they have disrupted traditional patterns of career advancement and political representation. He serves as a local project lead for one of the Digital Society Project's candidate studies, where he is directing externally-funded research on candidate backgrounds and online behaviours during the 2022 French legislative elections. In a separate pilot project, he is exploring how the national identities of EU political support staff condition the broader behaviours of the institutions in which they serve.

Past Research

Will's book, Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead through Brussels?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. The project explores institutional change in the European Parliament and its effect on the career paths of its membership. To do so, he examines the role of legislative professionalization and national political party gatekeepers on the career behavior and advancement strategies of European Parliament legislators. The project uses a major new source of quantitative data that was collected on the personal and professional backgrounds of all European deputies, 1979-2014, that is publicly available. It also relies on over fifty qualitative interviews that were conducted with legislators and other political experts in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Poland.

Related research on the legislative behavior of Members of the European Parliament that builds on this volume has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Integration, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Research & Politics, Politics & Gender, and in the form of various ongoing working papers and book chapters.

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