Bio (2018)

Mark N. Franklin

Until he retired in 2007, Mark Franklin was the Reitemeyer Professor of International Politics at Trinity College Connecticut (a position he held for nine years), having previously taught at the Universities of Houston, Texas (for nine years) and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (for twenty years). In retirement he has held positions at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Nuffield College (Oxford, England) the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Waasenaar, the Netherlands), the University of Sydney (Australia) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge MA, USA).  From 2007 to 2018 he was also a Project Director at the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute.
   Dr Franklin received his PhD from Cornell University in 1970 and his B.A. from Oxford University (Balliol College) in 1964.

    In 2001-2 Professor Franklin was a Guggenheim Fellow at Harvard Univer-

sity and in 1984-5 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iowa. He also has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University and at the universities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Chicago (Illinois), Edinburgh (Scotland), Geneva (Switzer­land), Oxford (England) the University of Sydney and Sciences Po (Paris, France).

   Dr. Franklin's main teaching and research interests lie in British, European and American government and political economy, political methodology, and the attitudes and behavior of elites and mass publics. In 2008 he was awarded a 2.4 Million Euro three-year FP7 grant by the European Union's DG  Research to direct a  col­laborative infrastructure design study "Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the Euro­pean Union" (PIREDEU). Coordinated at the RSCAS, the collaboration involved fifteen institutions in 9 EU countries and collaborators in all of the (then) 27 EU countries. As part of this project a feasibility study was con­duc­ted in connection with the 2009 elections to the European Parliament - the European Election Study 2009 - which has been followed up by a successor study of the European Parliament elections of 2014. Another outcome of the PIREDEU project was the formation of a Consortium for European Research with Election Studies (CERES) whose primary objective is to promote the study of electoral democracy Europe-wide.

   Professor Franklin was founding organizer of the Computer Group of the European Consortium for Political Research in 1973, of the Public Opinion and Participation Section of the European Union Studies Association in 2003, and was founding Convener of the European Union Politics Group of the American Political Science Association from 1994 until its merger with the European Politics and Society Section (of which he is past chair) in 2001. He has published twenty books (five of them single-authored), including Elections and Voters (Palgrave 2009) The Economy and the Vote (Cambridge 2007); Voter Turnout (Cambridge 2004); The Future of Election Studies (Pergamon 2002); Choosing Europe? (Michigan 1996); Electoral Change (Cambridge 1992; ECPR "Classic in Political Science" 2009); The Community of Science in Europe (Gower: 1987) and The Decline of Class Voting in Britain (Oxford 1985).

   He has published numerous chapters, monographs and reports, together with some sixty articles in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Studies, West European Politics, and other journals.

   Dr. Franklin has been co-editor of the international Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties and is a past or present member of the editorial boards of that journal, Comparative European Politics, Electoral Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. He has been a Director of the European Election Studies project since 1987,  has served as an advisor for the British, Canadian, French and Italian Election Studies (he currently chairs the Advisory Board of the British Election Study) and was the founding Chair of the Consortium for European Research with Election Studies (CERES). He has been an invited nominator for Macarthur awards and for Guggenheim fellowships, and a selector for Fulbright fellowships and National Science Foundation dissertation awards.

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