Michael Bruter is Professor of political science in the Government Department and currently leads the world’s largest initiative focusing on the study electoral psychology (“Inside the Mind of a Voter”) for which his team recently won the “Best International Research” Award from the Market Research Society. With his collaborator, Dr Sarah Harrison, they try to understand what goes on in the minds of voters when they are in the polling booth and how electoral ergonomics influence the way people vote and feel about elections. As part of this research, he has also been advising a number of International Organisations and Governments on how to make electoral democracy better, for instance by improving electoral systems, the electoral experience of first time voters, or make it easier for disabled voters as well as illiterate voters to exercise their electoral rights independently.
His research interests also include elections, youth politics, public opinion, European identity, extremist politics, and social science research methods.
Michael is French, did his PhD in the USA, and has been an academic at the LSE since 2001. He has held visiting and affiliate professorships in such academic institutions as Columbia University in New York, McGill University in Montreal, the Australian National University in Canberra, Sciences Po Bordeaux and Strasbourg, the Universities of Salzburg and Santiago, etc.
In addition to numerous journal articles, Michael has published six books (Citizens of Europe?, 2005;Encyclopaedia of European Elections, 2007 with Yves Deloye, The Future of our Democracies?, 2009 with Sarah Harrison, Mapping Extreme Right Ideology, 2011, also with Sarah Harrison, Asia in the Eyes of Europe, 2012, with Sebastian Bersick, Natalia Chaban et al., and Political Science Research Methods in Action, 2013 with Martin Lodge). A seventh is forthcoming, entitled Youth Participation in Europe with Bart Cammaerts, Shaku Banaji, Sarah Harrison, and Nick Anstead.