New colleagues are joining the project at the University of Sydney in September 2017.
Research Associate and EIP Project Manager: Sarah Cameron
The previous EIP manage and Research Associate, Dr Alessandro Nai, recently transferred to become Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalismat the School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. We wish Ale every success in his new post. He can be contacted in future at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed @alexnaisyd .
He is replaced by Ms Sarah Cameron, joining EIP in mid-September from the Australian National University where she has been completing her PhD research comparing citizens’ responses to the global financial crisis.
Sarah has contributed to a range of projects on elections and democracy including the Australian Election Study and the Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research project. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Government in 2015 and she holds Master’s degrees from the Australian National University and Ashridge Business School. Sarah previously worked in management and consulting roles in the non-profit sector.
EIP Project Coordinator: Megan Capriccio
The previous coordinator for the project, Alexandra Kennett, left in May to pursue voluntary work on international development in India.
She is replaced by Ms Megan Capriccio, joining us in mid-August. Originally from the United States, she completed her BA In Intercultural Communication at the University of San Francisco. Megan came to the University of Sydney to complete her Masters of International Relations, with her research focusing on Feminist Theory in International Relations.
After completion of her Masters degree in 2016, Megan worked at the University of Sydney and she has contributed to several projects on international development, diversity and human rights. She has a particular interest in how women's roles in government, elections, and the broader international system can progress equality.
As a personal side project, Megan and her family have created and established a new tequila brand in which proceeds contribute to women's education and empowerment in Mexico.
We warmly welcome her to the team.
Research Associate and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) Manager: Dr Thomas Wynter
Since the project was first established in mid-2012, Max Grömping has played an invaluable role in the team as Research Assistant and then PEI Manager. After completing his PhD, in September Max is moving home for a post-doc fellowship in GESIS (Koln) and then, in March 2018, a lectureship in the Department of Politics at the University of Heidelberg. His work has focused on the role of domestic observers on electoral integrity. Many congratulations to Max for this terrific achievement as he moves on in his career. He can be followed @MaxGroemping
He is replaced by Dr Thomas Wynter, who joined the Electoral Integrity Project in August 2017. He completed his BA, Masters and PhD in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis, completed in 2016, investigated public perceptions of terrorism, how and why they differ from expert understandings, and the consequences for political elites and policymakers.
His research is primarily concerned with political psychology and public opinion, employing survey-experiments to test priming, framing, and counter-framing effects on public perceptions, emotions, and policy preferences.
He previously worked in the Strategic Analysis Unit of the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education, and as a commercial, research, and political consultant.