Dr J.N. Tillie (1961) has been named Professor by Special Appointment in Electoral Politics, specifically in the Relation between Electoral Processes and their Economic, Cultural, Ethnic and Social Context, in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). This chair has been established by the Dutch Foundation for Electoral Research (SKON).
Jean Tillie has done extensive research on the political integration of migrants. He recently completed a project on radicalism among young Muslims in Amsterdam. Since 1994 he has coordinated national studies on the voting turnout and behaviour of migrants during municipal council elections. He also researches the preference for extreme right political parties in Europe. In his appointment to the research chair in Electoral Politics, Tillie will focus on depictions of multicultural society in political and media discourses, and on the electoral behaviour of migrants and ‘natives'. This (internationally comparative) study will be primarily focused on the migrant vote, but also the anti-migrant vote. As Professor by Special Appointment Tillie will teach courses in the Research Master Social Sciences.
Tillie is a programme leader at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, since 2005 he has been adjunct director and a member of the managerial staff of the IMES. Tillie is also affiliated with the Political Science department as a lecturer in Methods and Techniques. He has obtained various research grants, including one from the NWO for his research on Multicultural democracy in Amsterdam and Berlin.