Gijs Schumacher

Gijs Schumacher is associate professor in political science at the University of Amsterdam. He has received the Academy KNAW Early Career Award 2019.

Gijs Schumache researches political leadership, the development of party systems and the reforms of welfare states. In his recent research, he wishes to understand the role of emotion in politics. He does so by combining text analyses of political rhetoric with experimental psychophysiological measurements of emotional reactions to political rhetoric. In addition to the text of a speech, he also analyses the emotional expressions and the pitch of politicians. In this way, he wishes to discover which politicians are able to express the emotions of their text in voice and image too. Schumacher is also known outside science for his blogs and his appearances with his mobile lab at various public events and in the media.