Department of Political Science

Dr Christopher Wratil

Dr Christopher Wratil

Lecturer in European Politics

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2019

Research summary

My research interests are in democratic representation, political behavior and public opinion, with a special focus on politics in the European Union. I study how citizens form their political views towards and in response to democratic politics, and if, when, and how political elites adopt these views in their legislative behavior. I am also interested in new advances in quantitative methods in the areas of survey experiments, text analysis, multivariate measurement, and time-series-cross-section analysis.

Teaching summary

I teach introductory and advanced courses on democratic representation, EU politics and political behavior. Key themes of my courses are how political representation can serve as an assessment criterion of democratic quality, how representation works beyond the nation state, how public opinion shapes and is shaped by democratic politics, and what Europeanization and globalization mean for democracy. I also teach research design and applied quantitative methods courses, in particular, on causal inference and experiments as well as quantitative text analysis.


Before joining UCL, I was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and a Thyssen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics. I hold a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an M.Phil from the University of Oxford as well as a B.A. from the Free University of Berlin.