Dr. Martin Rosema

Photo: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Telephone: + 31 53 489 3897/ 3280
Email: Martin Rosema
Room: RA-4127

General information

Martin Rosema is assistant professor of political science at the University of Twente. He teaches about political science, democratic legitimacy, and European politics in the bachelor and master programmes in (European) Public Administration and European Studies, while also lecturing about research methods in the pre-master programme in Psychology.

His primary research interests are elections and referendums, with a particular focus on the psychology of voting. He has published on topics such as party attachments, strategic voting, and electoral turnout. He is also an expert on voting advice applications. Other recurring themes in his research are political psychology and the quality of political representation. He is co-editor of the highly-ranked academic journal Political Psychology and an active member of several professional organisations. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, experiencing modern art, and walking in the mountains on a sunny day.

Short biography

Before joining the department in Twente, Martin Rosema studied political science at Leiden University and social psychology at the University of Cambridge. He received a doctorate on the basis of his dissertation “The Sincere Vote: A Psychological Study of Voting” (Leiden University, 2004). In 2006 he was guest lecturer at University College Utrecht.

During his time in Twente, he held several editorial and board positions, including co-director of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (2006), co-editor of the journal Res Publica (2007-2010), member of the governing council of the International Society of Political Psychology (2008-2011), and member of the executive board of the Dutch Political Science Association (2009-2015).

Research projects

The research projects of Martin Rosema focus on four topics, which are all related to voting behaviour. More information about his work on these topics can be found via the following links:


Key publications

  • Bankert, Alexa, Leonie Huddy, & Martin Rosema (2017). Measuring partisanship as a social identity in multi-party systems. Political Behavior, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 103-132.
  • Louwerse, Tom, & Martin Rosema (2014). The design effects of voting advice applications: Comparing methods of calculating matches. Acta Politica, vol. 49, no. 3, 286-312.
  • Costello, Rory, Jacques Thomassen, & Martin Rosema (2012). European Parliament elections and political representation: Policy congruence between voters and parties. West European Politics, vol. 35, no. 6, 1226-1248.
  • Rosema, Martin, Bas Denters, & Kees Aarts, Eds. (2011). How Democracy Works: Political Representation and Policy Congruence in Modern Societies (Essays in Honour of Jacques Thomassen). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press/Pallas Publications.
  • Thomassen, Jacques, & Martin Rosema (2009). Party identification revisited. In: Political Parties and Partisanship: Social Identity and Individual Attitudes (edited by John Bartle & Paolo Bellucci, pp. 42-59). London: Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science.
  • Rosema, Martin (2007). Low turnout: threat to democracy or blessing in disguise? Consequences of citizens’ varying tendencies to vote. Electoral Studies, vol. 26, no. 3, 612-623.
  • Rosema, Martin (2006). Partisanship, candidate evaluations, and prospective voting. Electoral Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, 467-488.

Web and newspaper articles (in Dutch)

- Full list of publications


- Interviews and media contributions

- Twitter account Martin Rosema

- Curriculum vitae Martin Rosema