Prof.dr. Kees Aarts


prof. Kees Aarts(foto: Bart de Vries)

Professor of Political Science

Telephone: + 31 53 489 3251 (direct) / 3280 (Secr.)

Fax: + 31 53 489 2159

Email: Kees Aarts

Ravelijn building, office 4270


Kees Aarts is Professor of Political Science in the School of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences. He received Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Amsterdam (1979 and 1985), and his PhD degree from the University of Twente (1990).

Aarts’ research focuses on democracy, elections and public opinion. Some of his current professional activities are: president of the Dutch Political Science Association (Nederlandse Kring voor Wetenschap der Politiek); chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of DANS – Data Archiving and Networking Services; member of the Social Sciences Council (Sociaal-Wetenschappelijke Raad) of the KNAW; board member of the Wiardi Beckman Stichting, scientific bureau for social democracy in the Netherlands.

Kees Aarts is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).


Kees Aarts has conducted commissioned research projects on elections, electoral behavior, and (survey) research methods.


Elections, democracy, public opinion and electoral behavior, methodology


Please refer to the relevant Blackboard sites and/or Osiris course information:


Bachelor European Public Administration, Module 2.1 (Research Methods)


Bachelor European Public Administration, Module 2.3 (Political Science)


Masterclass Academic Research (2015000145)


Masterclass (coordinator) Strategie, Beleid en Politiek: refer to the website.


Thesis supervision (Bsc, Msc, PhD)



An extensive curriculum vitae is available upon request.