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W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Curriculum Vitae
369 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm (office) and Wednesdays (3:30-4:30pm) via zoom (


Political conflict, polarization, and populism in Western societies; multilevel governance within and above the national state; the politics of European integration; data measurement.

Liesbet Hooghe is leading a five-year ERC-funded project (2021-2025) that examines political polarization in Europe and the US on immigration, international governance, and climate change.

She is also co-principal of three longstanding data projects that were conceived at UNC: the Chapel Hill Expert Survey on party positioning (CHES), the Regional Authority Index (RAI), and the Measure of International Authority (MIA).

Short bio

Liesbet was educated in Belgium (KU Leuven), and she held postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell University and Nuffield (Oxford University). Before joining UNC in 2000 she taught at the University of Toronto. She is the past Chair of the European Politics and Society Section of APSA (2004-5), and of the European Union Studies Association (2007-9). Between 2004-2016 she held the Chair in Multilevel Governance at the VU Amsterdam. Since 2021 she is Part-time Research Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. In 2017 she received the APSA Daniel Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award.


You can read her work in the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, International Organization, JCMS, Journal of Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Party Politics, Publius, Regional and Federal Studies, Review of International Organizations, West European Politics. Liesbet has published nine books, most recently four co-authored books with Oxford University Press on regional authority and international organization.