Dr Stefanie Reher

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I'm a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Science at the School of Government & Public Policy, which I joined as a Chancellor's Fellow in 2017. Before moving to Glasgow, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen. I hold a DPhil from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College), an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Jacobs University Bremen.

My research focuses on political representation, behaviour, and attitudes. I use quantitative methods, including survey data analysis and survey experiments, to study how well public policy reflects the preferences of citizens, what explains differences in representation between different social groups and countries, and how it affects individuals' attitudes towards the political system. I am currently working on several projects about the representation of disabled people in politics, including my ESRC New Investigator Project "How do voters perceive disabled polilticians?".

My research has been published in Comparative Political StudiesEuropean Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, European Political Science ReviewElectoral Studies, and Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, amongst others.

At Strathclyde, I am teaching Quantitative Methods at the postgraduate level.

You can find more information about my research here.


Civil society engagement and policy representation in Europe
Rasmussen Anne, Reher Stefanie
Comparative Political Studies Vol 52, pp. 1648-1676 (2019)
The opinion-policy nexus in Europe and the role of political institutions
Rasmussen Anne, Reher Stefanie, Toshkov Dimiter
European Journal of Political Research Vol 58, pp. 412-434 (2019)
Mind this gap, too : political orientations of people with disabilities in Europe
Reher Stefanie
Political Behavior (2018)
Gender and opinion–policy congruence in Europe
Reher Stefanie
European Political Science Review Vol 10, pp. 613-635 (2018)
With a little help from the people? The role of public opinion in advocacy success
Rasmussen Anne, Mäder Lars Kai, Reher Stefanie
Comparative Political Studies Vol 51, pp. 139–164 (2018)
German euroscepticism : Alternative für Deutschland in 2014
Reher Stefanie
The Eurosceptic 2014 European Parliament Elections (2016) (2016)

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Professional activities

How do voters perceive disabled politicians?
Electoral Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
How do voters perceive disabled politicians?
How do voters perceive disabled politicians? Evidence from a conjoint experiment
How do voters perceive disabled politicians?
Frontiers in Political Science (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


How do voters perceive disabled candidates (New Investigator)
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Tender for a Reserch Project: Barriers to Political Representation: Disability and the Enable Fund Project Ref: GEO2018/03
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
The Role of Disability in Evaluations of Political Candidates
Reher, Stefanie (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019

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