William T. Daniel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Francis Marion University

Florence, South Carolina

wdaniel (at) fmarion.edu

Welcome to my professional page.

I am currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, where I teach courses in comparative politics and research methods. I also serve as Co-Coordinator for International Programs and manage all incoming exchange students to FMU during the academic year, as well as coordinate FMU's Late Spring course offerings at the European Academy of Otzenhausen in Germany. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, where I was also affiliated with the University's European Union Center of Excellence.

What I like to research and teach.

My research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with regional expertise in European politics. Most of my scholarly writing is about topics that are situated at the nexus of national- and European Union-level legislative and party politics; I am particularly interested in how the additional level of European governance effects change in the national political systems of European Union members and candidate member states.

My book on the career paths of Members of the European Parliament.

My book, Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead through Brussels?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. The project explores institutional change in the European Parliament and its effect on the career paths of its membership. To do so, I examine the role of legislative professionalization and national political party gatekeepers on the career behavior and advancement strategies of European Parliament legislators. The project uses a major new source of quantitative data that I have collected on the personal and professional backgrounds of all European deputies, 1979-2014, that is available on the research tab of my page. It also relies on over fifty qualitative interviews that I have conducted with legislators and other political experts in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Poland.

Related research that I have published since my book.

Related research on the legislative behavior of Members of the European Parliament that builds on this volume has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Integration, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and in the form of various ongoing working papers and book chapters. For additional information on these projects, please consult my Publications & Data page.

A bit more about me.

I am originally from Charlotte, NC, and also hold an MA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BA magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science and French from Wake Forest University. I hold graduate studies certificates in European Union studies and Western Europe studies from the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh and studied German language and culture as a FLAS scholar at the Middlebury College German School in Vermont. I speak both French and German and have also studied Dutch and Polish.

When not crunching numbers and researching, I am probably teaching, traveling, or at the gym.

For complete information on my educational background and ongoing projects, please refer to my CV, Publications & Data, and Teaching pages.