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Assoc Professor

Jos Elkink

Associate Professor
School of Politics and International Relations
University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Johan (Jos) Elkink works as Lecturer in Research Methods for the Social Sciences at the School of Politics and International Relations and the College of Social Sciences and Law's Graduate School since September 2007, teaching primarily modules on statistics and research methodology. Previous, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center of the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, where he consulted students and staff on the use of quantitative methods and software in their research.Jos Elkink's research focuses on three different strands, all involving the application or development of statistical methods to the study of political science. The main research agenda concerns the development of techniques for spatial econometric analysis of political phenomena, building on his PhD thesis on the international diffusion of democracy. Recent research, with Raffaella Calabrese, concentrates on the estimation of spatial econometric models with discrete dependent variables. While spatial correlations are common in studies of policy diffusion, regime transitions, voting behaviour, etc., little attention has thus far been paid to the resulting complications in statistical estimation, in particular when the dependent variable is dichotomous in nature.The second strand is concerned with the application of recent advances in statistical analysis to the study of political elites in Russia, in collaboration with Alexander Baturo (DCU), with a focus on understanding institutionalisation, personalisation, and patronage networks in the Kremlin. The third strand studies voting behaviour in particular in referendums in Ireland, building on previous collaboration with Richard Sinnott. See his Personal Homepage for further information. Aside from his research, Jos Elkink has functioned as Graduate School Director and as Vice-Principal for Internationalisation within the College of Social Sciences and Law (formerly College of Human Sciences), with close involvement in programme and policy development, as well as developing and implementing strategies for international student recruitment.


  • Pre-doctoral fellow
    Harvard University, MIT Data Centre1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2007


  • MA
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin
  • Certificate of CPD
    University College Dublin


  • Dutch; Flemish
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • English
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read and understand