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Our speakers will lead a roundtable discussion that digests the Loop's popular 🦋 Science of Democracy essay series and reaches for the next rung on what seems to be a new ladder of global research into the nature of democracy.

Lecturer in Politics, Florida State University (London Program) / Associate Researcher, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Gergana Dimova

Gergana’s work is comparative and often juxtaposes established with managed or transitional democracies. Methodologically, her research bridges democratic theory with diverse empirical aspects of democracy and democratisation. Thematically, she is interested in democracy and government accountability; blame avoidance and media scandals and democracy and political protests.

Her latest book, Political Uncertainty: A Comparative Exploration (Ibidem 2022), enquires about the nature of uncertainty in democracies and non-democracies.

Gergana is the convenor of the Anti-Politics Specialist Group of the UK Political Science Association and an associate editor of the journal Democratic Theory. She recently co-founded the Institute for Global Analytics in Bulgaria, and regularly serves as a consultant for the European Commission and a coding expert for V-Dem Institute in Sweden.

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Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield

Matthew Flinders

Matt's research interests include the evolution of democracy, the emergence of anti-political sentiment, and the mental health and wellbeing of politicians. He is vice president of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and has served as a special advisor in both the House of Lords and House of Commons.

In addition to his academic work, Matt has written and presented several documentaries for BBC Radio 4.


Senior Lecturer, School of Politics, Economics and Society (SchoPES), University of Canberra

Jean-Paul Gagnon

Jean-Paul directs the Foundation for the Philosophy of Democracy and is senior lecturer with the School of Politics, Economics and Society of the University of Canberra.

He co-edits the journal Democratic Theory.

His research interests include the philosophy of democracy, democratic theory, global histories of democracy (especially indigenous ones), democratic futures, and non-human democracy.


Associate Professor for Democratic Theory, Charles University in Prague

Petra Guasti

Petra’s research focuses on the reconfiguration of the political landscape, and revolves around three themes – representation, democratisation, and populism.

Her work has appeared in Democratic Theory, Democratization, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, European Political Science, East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures, Politics and Governance, East European Politics, and elsewhere.

For over a decade, together with Zdenka Mansfeldova, Petra has served as an expert for Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Sustainable Governance Indicators. She has been a V-Dem expert since 2018.

In 2020 she was appointed to the expert board of the Nation in Transit (Freedom House).


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Yutang Jin

Yutang's primary research interests include Confucian political thought, comparative political theory, and democratic theory.

He is currently working on a book project exploring a culturally sensitive theory of Confucian democracy along with its practical implications for East Asia.

His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophy East and West, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, as well as Culture and Dialogue.

Yutang was educated at Peking University (LLB, international relations), London School of Economics (MSc, European studies), and Oxford University (MSc, PhD, politics, political theory track).