School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Dr Hilde Coffe

Senior Lecturer
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 04 463 6681
Location: Room 535, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Hilde Coffe


BA, MA and PhD (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, VUB)


Hilde Coffé is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. Her research interests focus on public opinion, political behaviour, political representation and comparative research. She has written numerous articles which have been published in leading Political Science and Sociology journals, such as Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Studies, British Journal of Sociology, Social Science Quarterly, European Sociological Review and Acta Politica. She has also been a visiting fellow and given presentations at different institutions, including University of California (UC) Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), University of Manchester and University of Sussex.

Thesis Supervision

Hilde Coffé is interested in supervising graduate research at both the Masters and Doctoral level in the following broad areas:

  • Public Opinion
  • Political Behaviour
  • Political Representation
  • Political Parties

Current Research Projects

Hilde Coffé is currently working on a variety of projects. One study is part of a continuing project with Catherine Bolzendahl (University of California, Irvine) and examines sources of support for women’s institutional equality in sub-Saharan African nations. Other work, in collaboration with Marieke Voorpostel (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), University of Lausanne)
centers around family socialization and political participation and party choice. Still other work looks at explanations for changes in party preferences (in collaboration with Job Van den Berg, TNS Nipo Amsterdam), public attitudes towards decision-making processes (in collaboration with Ank Michels, Utrecht University), and the effect of political candidates’ occupational status on voters’ evaluations of candidates (in collaboration with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, University of Nebraska, Lincoln). Solo work includes a study on gender and political interest and a project looking at the effect of party characteristics on gender and radical right voring. Hilde Coffé also got awarded a University Grant to investigate time use among New Zealand MPs and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sydney within the research project on Electoral Ingrity (see for more information: As a Fellow, Hilde Coffé will look at public perceptions of electoral integrity and attitudes towards the organization of fair elections in sub-Saharan Africa.

Some Recent Key Publications

  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2012) “Racial group differences in support for citizenship and duties and rights.” Acta Politica, advance online publication 26 September, doi: 10.1057/ap.2012.22
  • Coffé, H. (2012) “Conceptions of female political representation. Perspectives of Rwandan female representatives.” Women’s Studies International Forum, 35, 286-297.
  • Van den Berg, J. & Coffé, H. (2012). “Educational and class cleavages in voting behavior in Belgium: The effect of income, EGP class and education on party choice in Flanders and Wallonia.” Acta Politica, 47(2), 151-180.
  • Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2012). “Transitions in partnership and parental status, gender, and political and civic participation.” European Sociological Review, 28(1), 28-42.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2011). “Partisan cleavages in citizenship norms.” Social Science Quarterly, 92(3), 656-674.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2011). “Gender gaps in political participation across sub-Saharan African nations.” Social Indicators Research, 102(2), 245-264.
  • Coffé, H. & Da Roit, B. (2011). “Party policy positions in Italy after pre-electoral coalition disintegration.” Acta Politica, 46(1), 25-42.
  • Coffé, H. & Plassa, R. (2010). “Party policy position of DIE LINKE. A continuation of the PDS?” Party Politics, 16(6), 721-735.
  • Coffé, H. & Voorpostel, M. (2010). “Young people, parents and radical right voting. The case of the Swiss People’s Party.” Electoral Studies, 29(3), 435-443.
  • Coffé, H. & Need, A. (2010). “Similarity in husbands and wives party family preference in the Netherlands.” Electoral Studies, 29(2), 259–268
  • .Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2010). “Same game, different rules? Gender differences in political participation.” Sex Roles, 62(5-6), 318-333.
  • Coffé, H. & van der Lippe, T. (2010). “Citizenship norms in Eastern Europe.” Social Indicators Research, 96(3), 479-496.
  • Bolzendahl, C. & Coffé, H. (2009). “A Gender Gap in Citizenship Norms? The Importance of Political, Civil and Social Rights and Responsibilities.” British Journal of Sociology, 60(4), 763-791.