Department of Political Science


Dr Ruxandra Serban

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Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Democratic and Authoritarian Politics
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: ruxandra.serban.13@ucl.ac.uk


I joined UCL in September 2023 as Associate Lecturer in Democratic and Authoritarian Politics. I am also Deputy Director of the MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics. Prior to that, I was an LSE Fellow in the Department of Methodology at the LSE, where I taught on a range of research design and research methods modules. I gained my PhD in Political Science from UCL in 2020.


My research focuses on British and comparative politics. I am interested in developing creative mixed-methods research designs to explore questions related to democratic accountability processes and procedures, particularly in connection to parliaments. My PhD investigated parliamentary mechanisms through which prime ministers are questioned across 31 democracies, placing the UK’s PMQs in a comparative context for the first time. 



Serban, Ruxandra. "Conflictual Behaviour in Legislatures: Exploring and Explaining Adversarial Remarks in Oral Questions to Prime Ministers." British Journal of Politics and International Relations, First View, August 2023.

Serban, Ruxandra. "The Practice of Accountability in Questioning Prime Ministers: Comparative Evidence from Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the UK." British Journal of Politics and International Relations 25, no. 1 (2023): 42–63.

Russell, Meg, and Ruxandra Serban. "Why It Is Indeed Time for the Westminster Model to Be Retired from Comparative Politics." Government and Opposition 57, no. 2 (2022): 370-384.

Serban, Ruxandra. "How Are Prime Ministers Held to Account? Exploring Procedures and Practices in 31 Parliamentary Democracies." The Journal of Legislative Studies 28, no. 2 (2022): 155-178.

Russell, Meg, and Ruxandra Serban. "The Muddle of the 'Westminster Model': A Concept Stretched Beyond Repair." Government and Opposition 56, no. 4 (2021): 744-764.

Book chapters

Bates, Stephen, Peter Kerr, and Ruxandra Serban. "Questioning the Government." In Exploring Parliament, edited by Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Louise Thompson, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


I teach on POLS0002 Democracy and Authoritarianism in Terms 1 and 2, and on POLS0086 PIR Dissertation in Term 2.