Nikolaos Frantzeskakis

Nikolaos Frantzeskakis

Nikolaos Frantzeskakis is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Political Science at Michigan State University, specializing in Comparative politics and research methods with a focus on elections and legislatures in Africa.

His dissertation studies accountability and legislative behavior in African parliaments. In particular, he is interested in ways in which MPs in different electoral contexts adapt their behavior to appease party elites and voters respectively. Part of the project included applying machine learning and natural language processing to develop a dataset of 900,000 parliamentary speeches by 2,900 MPs from Ghana, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This dataset facilitates studying the ways in which MPs position themselves towards the executive, represent their home constituents, and prioritize among various policy areas.

In addition to his dissertation, Nikolaos studies legislative behavior, legislative agendas, election violence, voting behavior, institutions, and text analysis. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, and Oxford University Press.

Teaching Interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • African Politics
  • European Politics

Curriculum Vitae