About Me

I am a political scientist from Portugal, currently pursuing a PhD at the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence. My research focuses on political behavior and comparative politics. I also have a keen interest in methodology—particularly in causal inference methods.

My three-paper dissertation is being supervised by Prof. Elias Dinas. It looks into how social norms affect, and are affected by, political behavior. My first paper asks whether the parliamentary entry  of radical right parties (RRPs) normalizes public expressions of support for them. Using the proportion of the actual vote for these parties that is reported in post-electoral surveys, I show that this proportion increases substantially when these RRPs make it to parliament. I am also working on some side projects that are not directly related to my dissertation. Please visit the page on Research to learn more about my working papers and work currently in progress.

Apart from my work in political science, I am a jazz musician. I studied Piano Jazz during my BA and still play frequently. I am currently part of the EUI Music Society. I am also actively engaged in supporting incoming refugees and am part of the EUI Refugee Initiative.

I am on Twitter @ValentimVicente.

Please free to get in touch with me if your work is somehow related—I would be very happy to hear from you!