I spent most of my youth in Galicia (Spain). I was born in Santiago de Compostela and lived with my parents in Villagarcía de Arosa until 1994. Afterwards I moved to Pamplona where I studied Law at the University of Navarra. After specializing in Civil and Commercial Law, I went to Salamanca in 2002 in order to study Political Science. As an Erasmus student I moved to Cracow (Poland) in 2003. A year later, and thanks to the financial support of Fundación Cajamadrid, I started an MA in Central and Eastern European Studies at the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University. My dissertation there focused on the development of the Polish party system since 1991. After graduating with honours (magna cum laude) in 2006, I was recruited by Prof. Peter Mair (R.I.P.) to do my PhD. at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Defended in June 2011, my doctoral thesis focused on the institutionalization of East Central European party systems. From September 2010 I worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Leiden. There I had the opportunity to contribute to Prof. Ingrid van Biezen´s large-scale research project on “The Legal Regulation of Political Parties in Europe” (funded by the European Research Council). Three years later I moved to the University of Nottingham (UK), where I became a Nottingham Research Fellow. Since October 2016 I am an assistant professor at the School of Politics and International Relations. Co-founder and co-chair of the Council for European Studies’ (CES) “Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections” Research Network, I also collaborate with the OSCE/ODHIR as an expert in political party regulation. Currently, I am also Research theme director of the Nottingham Institute for Comparative Economic and Political Research (NICEP) and co-director of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Summer School on “Political Parties”. Since early 2016 I am co-editor of the Routledge book series on “Political Parties and Party Systems” as well as a Senior Fellow at the APELLA Institute for Policy Dialogue and Analysis (Armenia).
My work has been published in European Journal of Political Research, Sociological Methods and Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Democratization, Political Studies Review, Government and Opposition, International Political Science Review, South European Society and Politics, and East European Politics. I have also co-authored several book chapters in various edited volumes. Lately, I co-edited two books in memory of my late mentor. The first one a collection in Spanish of his most influential works. The second a compilation of contributions from several of his students at the European University Institute.