Brenda Van Coppenolle

Working title for PhD

Political Dynasties and Elections


Professor Ken Benoit and Dr Torun Dewan

Contact Information

Room Col 7.02b, Columbia House, Department of Methodology
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Research interests

Research methods for political science, political economy, electoral systems, voting, political dynasties, political selection and political careers.


  • PhD in Political Science and Social Research Methods, LSE, 2010-present
    - Visiting Student at New York University as part of PhD, 2013-2014
    - MSc Social Research Methods as part of PhD, LSE, 2009-2010, Distinction
  • MSc Comparative Politics, LSE (2008) Distinction
  • Bachelor in Economics, KULeuven Belgium (2007) Cum laude

Scholarships and awards

Prize for Best Performance in MSc Social Research Methods – Examinations, 2009-2010
MPhil/PhD 1+3 Studentship, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Current research

Political Dynasties in the UK House of Commons

Franchise Extension and the British Aristocracy, with Samuel Berlinski and Torun Dewan

Political Dynasties and the 2010 Belgian General Election