Department of Political Science


Dr Judith Spirig

Judith Spirig
Lecturer in Political Science
Room: 3.04, 36-38 Gordon Square
Email: j.spirig@ucl.ac.uk


I am a Lecturer in Political Science at UCL. Previously, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich, where I also obtained my PhD in 2018. During my PhD, I was a visiting research student at the London School of Economics’s Government Department and Stanford University’s Department of Political Science. I have a BA in philosophy and business & economics from the University of Basel and an MSc in international development and humanitarian emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


In my research, I seek to find answers to questions about the determinants and consequences of exclusionary attitudes (in particular immigration attitudes) and judicial behaviour by leveraging in-depth case knowledge and quasi-experimental research designs. To do so, I collect novel data, employ both qualitative and quantitative methods and increasingly draw on historical records. A list of past and ongoing projects can be found on my website.


Journal articles
Book chapters
  • Spirig, J., Hangartner, D. and Steinmayr, A. (2023) ‘Politische und ökonomische Auswirkukngen von Flüchtlingszuwanderung’, in O. Karas and J. Kohlenberger (eds.) So Schaffen Wir Das: Wie Wir Das Thema Asylum & Migration dem Linken und Rechten Rand Abnehmen und die Krise Überwinden. Vienna: edition a Verlag.


I teach on the Quantitative Data Analysis (POLS0083) and Globalisation and Populism (POLS0055) modules.