Hilde Coffe


Teaching in 2018


BA, MA and PhD - Vrije Universiteit Brussels, VUB


Hilde Coffé is an Associate Professor 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, University of Sussex, and University of Sydney (The Electoral Integrity Project). She is co-investigator of the 2014 and 2017 New Zealand Election Survey.

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 project, together with Louise Davidson-Schmich (University of Miami) looks at gender and political ambition. Another study, which is part of a University grant that she got awarded, Hilde Coffé is looking at the parliamentary socialization of first term MPs in New Zealand and Germany. Still other work (together with Marion Reiser) explores the effect of knowledge about the descriptive representation of women and ethnic minority in parliament on citizens' support for measures (such as quotas) to increase the representation of women and ethnic minorities in parliament. Another paper investigates to what extent various characteristics of political candidates (such as their gender, age, personality, party affiliation, policy positions) impact citizens' voting behaviour. Finally, as part of a continuing collaboration with Catherine Bolzendahl (University of California, Irvine), Hilde Coffé examines to what extent family issues affect women and men’s vote, and the link between the importance of family issues and support for an increase of female Members of Parliament in New Zealand.

Some recent key publications

  • Coffé, H. (2018). “Gender, gendered personality traits and radical right populist voting.” Politics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0263395717745476
  • Barker, F. & Coffé, H. (2017) “Representing diversity in mixed electoral systems. The case of New Zealand.” Parliamentary Affairs. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/pa/gsx073
  • Coffé, H. (2017). “The impact of policy content and party label on policy agreement and candidate support. An analysis on the issue of the integration of immigrants.” Acta Politica. Advance online publication.doi: 10.1057/s41269-017-0046-0
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2017). “Avoiding the subject? Gender gaps in interpersonal political conflict avoidance and its consequences for political engagement.” British Politics 12(2): 135-156.
  • Coffé, H. (2017). “Time use among New Zealand members of parliament.” Time & Society 26(3): 339-361.
  • Coffé, H. & van den Berg, J. (2016). “Understanding shifts in voting behaviour away from and to radical right populist parties: The case of the PVV between 2007 and 2012.” Comparative European Politics 15(6): 872-896.
  • Coffé, H. (2016). “Citizens’ media use and the accuracy of their perceptions of electoral integrity.” International Political Science Review, 38(3): 281-297.
  • Coffé, H. & Theiss-Morse, E. (2016). “The effect of political candidates’ occupational background on voters’ perceptions of and support for candidates.” Political Science, 68(1), 55-77.
  • Chapman, H. & Coffé, H. (2016). “Changing Facebook profile pictures as part of a campaign: Who does it and why?” Journal of Youth Studies, 19(4): 483-500.
  • Immerzeel, T., Lubbers M. & Coffé, H. (2016). “Competing with the radical right. Distances between the European radical right and other parties on typical radical right issues.” Party Politics, 22(6), 823-834.
  • Voorpostel, M. & Coffé, H. (2014). "The effect of parental separation on young adults' political and civic participation". Social Indicators Research, 124(1), 295-316.
  • Coffé, H. & Dillin, S. (2014). "The gender gap in political participation in Muslim-majority countries." International Political Science Review, 36(5). 526-544.
  • Coffé, H. & Michels. A. (2014). "Education and support for representative, direct and stealth democracy." Electoral Studies, 35, 1-11.
  • Coffé, H. (2013). "Women stay local, men go national and global? Gender differences in political interest." Sex Roles, 69(5), 323-338.
  • Immerzeel, T., Coffé, H. & van der Lippe, T.  (2013). "Explaining the gender gap in radical right voting: A cross-national investigation in 12 Western-European countries." Comparative European Politics, 13(2), 263-286.
  • Bolzendahl, C. & Coffé, H. (2013). "Are 'good' citizens 'good' participants? Testing citizenship norms and political participation across 25 nations." Political Studies, 61(S1), 45-65.
  • Coffé, H. (2013). "Gender and party choice at the 2011 New Zealand General Election." Political Science, 65(1), 25-45.
  • Coffé, H. & McMillan, K. (2013). "Introduction. Special Issue Women and Politics." Political Science, 65(1), 4-7.
  • Coffé, H. & Bolzendahl, C. (2013) "Racial group differences in support for citizenship and duties and rights." Acta Politica, 48(1), 47-67.
  • Van der Horst, M. & Coffé, H. (2012). "How friendship network characteristics influence subjective well-being." Social Indicators Research, 107(3), 509-529.
  • 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.


Teaching in 2018