Alejandro Tirado Castro

Welcome! My name is Alejandro Tirado Castro and I am currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.  I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science and Sociology and my main research areas are political socialization, gender and political inequality, support for democracy, and consequences of polarization. 

My Ph.D. dissertation is mainly about citizens' evaluation of democratic performance after the impact of the Great Recession in Europe. In this research, I have focused on trends in satisfaction with democracy after the 2008 economic crisis and on the determinants of stability and fluctuation of this phenomenon during the Great Recession. Similarly, my dissertation examines the impact of ideological and affective polarization on the so-called Winner-Loser Gap, focusing on the detrimental effects and causes of the disruption of satisfaction with democracy among winners of elections.

I have recently joined several research groups focused on gender and political inequality such as GenderedPsyche and TwiceAsGood. Previously, I participated as a research assistant in various research projects, including The Global Legislator Database, led by Dr. Miriam Golden, Dr. Noam Lupu, and Dr. Nicholas Carnes; and the project "Parlamentarios y Sociedad" led by Dr. Xavier Coller, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economa y Competitividad. 

Moreover, I hold a M.A. in Social Sciences at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and two B.A. in Sociology and in Political Sciences and Public Administration from Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

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