Leonardo Carella

BSocSc Manc, MPhil Oxon, DPhil Oxon

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College

Research Topic:

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

My research interests fall within the domain of comparative democratic politics, and can be broadly classified into two subfields. 

The first is the study of electoral institutions and their relationship to democratic outcomes. In my doctoral thesis, I investigated across three separate articles the relationship between features of electoral systems and descriptive representation, legislator behaviour and intra-party competition. In ongoing work, I am expanding this research agenda to encompass the study of historical electoral reforms.

The second is political sociology, with a particular focus on generational change and the role of cohort-level variables in shaping political behaviour and democratic representation. 

Before starting as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College in October 2022, I obtained a DPhil in Politics at Mansfield College, Oxford, an MPhil in European Politics at St. Antony's College, Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and International Relations at University of Manchester.


  • I am a course convenor for the graduate courses Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences and British Politics and Government, and a lecturer in the undergraduate course Comparative Government (UG).

  • I have been a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Statistics (graduate) and for the Introductory Quantitative Methods component of Political Analysis paper (undegraduate).

  • I have delivered tutorials to undergraduates at various Oxford colleges in Political Sociology, Comparative Government and Introduction to the Practice of Politics (‘Prelims’)


My research interests include:

  • Electoral system studies

  • Electoral behaviour and public opinion

  • Historical electoral reform

  • Generational inequalities

  • 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 and 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. In Trinity Term 2024, I will be taking up a visiting position as External Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago.

Awards and Scholarships

  • BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2023)

  • 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)