Sarah L. de Lange is Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam. Since 2016 she has held the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair, a chair established by by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation.
Sarah is is currently working on a project funded by the Open Research Area entitled Sub-National Context and Radical Right Support in Europe. The project examines the way in which contextual factors, such as a neighborhood's social fabric and ethnic diversity, affect the support for radical right-wing populist parties in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She has previously worked on two large-scale research projects: Political Conflict in Five European Systems: The Role of Citizens, the Media, and Parties in the Politicisation of Immigration and European Integration funded by a Conflict & Security grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and Newly Governing Parties: Success or Failure? , funded by a Veni grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
Sarah has been a Jean Monnet Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Research at the European University Institute and a visiting scholar at Goethe University. She holds a PhD from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her dissertation, entitled From Pariah to Power: Explanations for the Government Participation of Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in West European Parliamentary Democracies , was supervised by Cas Mudde and was nominated for the thesis award of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP), in 2009.
Her main research interests concern parties, party families, and party systems. Her work is broad in geographical scope and examines party politics in a range of East and West European countries. Her publications have appeared in Acta Politica, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative European Politics, Electoral Studies, Ethical Perspectives, European Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Party Politics, Patterns of Prejudice, Political Studies, West European Politics and a number of edited volumes.
Sarah's latest edited volume, entitled Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe: Into the Mainstream? has just appeared with Routledge.