Dr Stefan Müller awarded PSAI Teaching and Learning Prize

Posted 17 October, 2022

The Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) has named Dr Stefan Müller the 2022 recipient of its Teaching and Learning Prize.

Recognising political scientists whose teaching has incited intellectual curiosity and raised awareness of the significant relationship between the theory and practice of politics, the award was presented to the Ad Astra Fellow from the UCD School of School of Politics and International Relations at the group's annual conference.

Formerly a senior researcher at the University of Zurich, Dr Müller is a founding member of the Connected_Politics Lab at UCD, a fellow at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy, and a member of the UCD Energy Institute.

He is also co-author of the quanteda R package, and maintainer of the Irish Polling Indicator, which combines all Irish opinion polls for the Dáil into one that estimates public support for Irish political parties.

Dr Müller's research focuses on political representation, party competition, political communication, public opinion, quantitative text analysis, and the application of computer vision techniques; and his work has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, and the European Journal of Political Research, among others.

Established in 1982 to promote the study of politics both in and of Ireland, the PSAI has contributed significantly to a greater understanding of Irish political science and history, helping to place Irish politics in a broader comparative perspective.

Recipients of its Teaching and Learning Price are awarded sponsorship by the PSAI, as well as receive the opportunity to present their work to the teaching and learning panel during the annual PSAI conference.

Past awardees of the PSAI Teaching and Learning Prize:

  • 2021: Dr James Cross, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.
  • 2019: Dr. Liam Kneafsey, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2016: Dr. Michelle D’Arcy, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2015: Dr. Mary P. Murphy, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University.
  • 2014: Dr. Theresa Reidy, Department of Government, University College Cork.
  • 2013: Dr. Mary C. Murphy, Department of Government, University College Cork.
  • 2012: Dr. Jacqueline Hayden, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2011: Dr. Brendan Flynn, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • 2010: Dr. Fiona Buckley, Department of Government, University College Cork, inaugural PSAI Teaching and Learning award recipient.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations