Department of Politics and International Relations
Mansfield College, University of Oxford

I am a DPhil (PhD) student in political science, working on electoral systems and representation. 


In my doctoral project, I am investigating how electoral institutions such as preferential voting or mixed-member systems affect the quality of democracy. The project is articulated in three papers, each examining the representativeness of electoral institutions along a different dimension.

My broader interests lie at the intersection of public choice theory, comparative democratic politics, and political sociology - particularly with regards to the interplay between political choices and social stratification in education and the labour market.

The research I have conducted so far has been mostly quantitative, drawing on measurement techniques such as computer-aided text analysis,  multidimensional scaling and latent trait analysis. 

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).

In my free time, I enjoy baking, Sudoku, chess, cycling, and spending far too much time on Twitter.  

You can find here a copy of my CV. Get in touch with me by email at leonardo.carella@politics.ox.ac.uk or on Twitter at @leonardocarella.