Center: Social Sciences
João Areal is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the CDSS. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a Master's degree in Social Sciences (Research) from the University of Amsterdam (NL). His master thesis explored the topic of affective polarisation in Brazil, focusing on the concept of negative political identities.
During his time in Amsterdam, João worked as a research assistant and undertook an internship at the Hot Politics Lab, where he and his colleagues developed a measure of elite hostility using parliamentary speech data. Methodologically, his interests lie in the field of Computational Social Sciences, with a focus on automated text analysis. João's research interests include affective polarisation, positive and negative partisanship, comparative political behaviour, and Brazilian politics.