Leonardo Carella

BSocSc Manc, MPhil Oxon

Research Topic:

Essays on Electoral Systems
Government and Politics Network
Mansfield College
DPhil Politics

In my doctoral thesis, I am investigating how electoral systems, the "rules of the game" of democracy, affect the quality of representation. The project is articulated in three papers, each examining how a different aspect of electoral institutions affects elite selection, legislator behaviour and policy representation. The thesis employs quantitative methods and adopts a comparative perspective, leveraging both cross-national and sub-national institutional variation.

Prior to starting the doctorate, I graduated with first class honours from the University of Oxford (MPhil in European Politics) and the University of Manchester (Bachelor's Degree in Politics and International Relations).


  • I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Statistics graduate course (Trinity 2021) and for the Introductory Quantitative Methods component of the undergraduate Political Analysis paper (Hilary 2022).

  • I have delivered tutorials to undergraduates at various Oxford colleges in Political Sociology and Comparative Government.


My research interests include:

  • Electoral system studies

  • Electoral behaviour and public opinion

  • The politics of education and educational expansion

  • The politics of social and occupational status

  • Political geography

Areas of Expertise

Research Skills

I employ quantitative methods in my work, with particular focus on statistical techniques for measurement (latent trait analysis, classification).


  • Italian (native)

  • English (fluent)

  • Spanish (proficient)

  • French (intermediate)

  • Polish (intermediate)

Previous Posts

In addition to my teaching responsibilities, through my doctorate I have been a Research Assistant for various projects at the DPIR and at Nuffield College.

Awards and Scholarships

  • ESRC ‘Grand Union’ DTP Studentship (2017-2021)

  • Bank of Italy ‘Admeto Pettinari e Paolo Andreini’ Bursary (2021)

  • University of Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (2017)


  • Carella, Leonardo, and Robert Ford. "The status stratification of radical right support: Reconsidering the occupational profile of UKIP’s electorate." Electoral Studies 67 (2020): 102214.

  • Cox, Ed, Luke Raikes, and Leonardo Carella. The state of the North 2016: Building northern resilience in an era of global uncertainty. IPPR, 2016.