Nikolaos Frantzeskakis

Nikolaos Frantzeskakis

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Assistant Professor

Dr Nikolaos Frantzeskakis is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at University of Birmingham. His research focuses on representation, elections, and legislatures, particularly in Africa, as well as in advanced computational methods and data science.

See more about Frantzeskakis on his webpage.


  • PhD in Political Science, Michigan State University
  • MA in Political Science, Michigan State University
  • MA in Political Science, University of Missouri
  • BA in Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Nikolaos Frantzeskakis joined the Department of Political Science and International Studies as an Assistant Professor in 2023. His research agenda focuses on elections and legislatures, particularly in Africa. Within this context, he studies issues of elite and citizen political behaviour, as well as institutions. His work extensively utilizes advanced quantitative methods including text analysis and machine learning, as well as qualitative methods like elite interviews. 

Dr Frantzeskakis holds a PhD in Political Science, an MA in Political Science, and a Certificate in Computational Modelling from Michigan State University. He also holds an MA from the University of Missouri. He received his BA from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 

His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, and Oxford University Press.


  • Comparative Politics


  • Political representation
  • Legislative politics
  • Elections
  • Text analysis


Frantzeskakis, N., and Seeberg, H.B., (2022), “The Legislative Agenda in 13 African Countries: A Comprehensive Database,” Legislative Studies Quarterly. 

Frantzeskakis, N., and Park, B.B., (2022), “Armed and Dangerous: Legacies of Incumbent-Military Ties and Electoral Violence in Africa,” Electoral Studies, 80: 102531. 

Wahman, M., Frantzeskakis, N., and Yildirim, T.M., (2021), “From Thin to Thick Representation: How a Female President Shapes Female Parliamentary Behavior,” American Political Science Review, 115.2: 360-378 

Frantzeskakis, N., and Sato, Y., (2020), “Echoes of a Fading Past: Authoritarian Legacies and Far Right Voting,” Electoral Studies, 66: 102163. 

Park, B. B., Frantzeskakis, N., and Shin, J., (2019), “Who is Responsible? The Effect of Clarity of Responsibility on Voter Turnout.” West European Politics, 42.3: 464-494.

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