Bio


Suzanne Bloks is PhD Candidate in the interdisciplinary DFG Graduate Program "Collective Decision-Making" of Hamburg University. Previously, she held positions as lecturer at the Institute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law of Utrecht University and as research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam. She holds a summa cum laude MA degree in Philosophy from Leiden University, a cum laude LLM degree in Law from Utrecht University and a cum laude MSc degree in Mathematics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Suzanne works at the intersection of Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics. In particular, her research integrates methods, perspectives and concepts from political philosophy, constitutional and EU law, and (computational) social choice. This may seem an eclectic range of research areas but working at the intersections often leads to new insights.

The research conducted by Suzanne focusses on democratic decision-making in a national and European context. She publishes about the design of electoral systems and democratic innovations such as referendums, as well as about decision-making in the legal order of the European Union.

Suzanne received the Bright Minds Award 2017 by Dare to Cross Over of Utrecht University for her interdisciplinary research on referendums, combining constitutional law and social choice. Furthermore, her MA Philosophy dissertation on electoral design was awarded the LUF Dissertation Prize 2021 for best Master's dissertation written in the academic year of 2019/2020 at Leiden University. The dissertation was praised for its originality, clarity of argument and societal relevance.


Timeline


2021-present - PhD Candidate in the interdisciplinary DFG Graduate Program "Collective Decision-Making" of Hamburg University.

2020-2021 - Lecturer at the Institute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law of Utrecht University.

2019-2020 - Research and Teaching Assistant in the Computational Social Choice Group at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam.

2018-2019 - Intern at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Sebia and Montenegro - Department of Politics, Rule of Law and Public Diplomacy.

2016-2020 - Completed the MA degree in Philosophy: Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (summa cum laude) at Leiden University, the two-year LLM degree in Legal Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University, and the MSc degree in Applicable Mathematics (cum laude) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

2012-2016 - Completed the BA degree in Philosophy (cum laude), the BSc degree in Mathematics and the LLB degree in Law (cum laude) at Utrecht University.

1993 - Born in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands.

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