Dr Sebastian Popa
Lecturer in Comparative Politics
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- Address: Politics Building
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Newcastle Upon Tyne
I am Lecturer in Comparative Politics. My current research focuses on how political elites shape public opinion, with a specific focus on how they use social media in this regard.
- PhD in Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)
- MA in Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)
- BA in Political Science, Babeș-Bolyai University
- Research Fellow, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim
My research interests include political behaviour in a comparative perspective; public opinion; political knowledge; European Parliament elections; use of social media in electoral campaigns; and quantitative methods.
Current work and research projects
My current recent research agenda focuses on integrating tools provided by the analysis of social media data in the study of elite communication, public opinion, as well as in the elite-public interaction. In recent projects I shows how social media data can offer unique opportunities to study attitude formation and issue evolution, and how it offers political elites a new tool to inform the public in relation to new political developments
Additionally I am also a core member of the European Elections Studies team. As part of the team I have been involved in the planing, preparation and implementation of the different components of the EES 2014. Currently I am part of the core team who is responsible from preparing the 2019 EES project.
Module leader POL2011: Democracy or Dictatorship?
Lecturer POL1047: Power, Participation & Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
Lecturer POL3045: Dissertation in Politics
Available as a dissertation supervisor for students interested in political behaviour, public opinion, elections, public opinion, and European Union politics.
- Theocharis Y, Barberá P, Fazekas Z, Popa SA, Parnet O. A Bad Workman Blames His Tweets: The Consequences of Citizens' Uncivil Twitter Use When Interacting With Party Candidates. Journal of Communication 2016, 66(6), 1007-1031.
- Popa SA, Theocharis Y, Schnaudt C. From seeing the writing on the wall, to getting together for a bowl: Direct and compensating effects of Facebook use on offline associational membership. Journal of Information Technology & Politics 2016, 13, 222-238.
- Popa SA, Rohrschneider R, Schmitt H. Polarizing without legitimizing: The effect of lead candidates’ campaigns on perceptions of the EU democracy. Electoral Studies 2016, 44, 469-482.
- Dumitrescu D, Popa SA. Showing Their True Colors? How EU Flag Display Affects Perceptions of Party Elites’ European Attachment. American Behavioral Scientist 2016, 60(14), 1698-1718.
- Nulty P, Theocharis Y, Popa SA, Parnet O, Benoit K. Social media and political communication in the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. Electoral studies 2016, 44, 429-444.
- Schnaudt C, Walter S, Popa SA. Subnational and National Territorial Identification. In: Westle B; Segatti P, ed. European identity in the context of national identity : questions of identity in sixteen European countries in the wake of the financial crisis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp.63-92.
- Schmitt H, Hobolt SB, Popa SA. Does personalization increase turnout? Spitzenkandidaten in the 2014 European Parliament elections. European Union Politics 2015, 1(3), 1-54.
- Schmitt H, Hobolt SB, Popa SA, Teperoglou E. European parliament election study 2014, voter study. 2015. Cologne, Germany: GESIS Data Archive.
- Popa SA, Dumitrescu D. National but European? Visual manifestations of Europe in national parties’ Euromanifestos since 1979. Party Politics 2017, 23(5), 526-537.
- Popa SA. Political sophistication in Central and Eastern Europe: How can parties help?. Party Politics 2015, 21(3), 440-455.
- Hannagan RJ, Littvay L, Popa SA. Theorizing Sex Differences in Political Knowledge: Insights from a Twin Study. Politics & Gender 2014, 10(1), 89-114.
- Littvay L, Popa SA, Fazekas Z. Validity of survey response propensity indicators: A behavior genetics approach. Social Science Quarterly 2013, 94(2), 569-589.
- Braun D, Popa SA. This time it was different? The salience of the Spitzenkandidaten system among European parties. West European Politics 2018, Epub ahead of print.