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Prof. Dr. Bruno Castanho Silva

Institute of Sociology

Empirical Methods


Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin

Academic Positions

Since 2023

Assistant Professor of Methods in Empirical Social Research
Institute of Sociology and Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science

2017-23 Post-doctoral researcher, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University
of Cologne
2017-22 Instructor, ECPR Summer/Winter Schools of Methods and Techniques


Lecturer at McDaniel College Budapest, Hungary


2012-17  PhD in Political Science (Summa cum laude), Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary
2010-12 MA in International Relations, Tallinn University, Estonia
2006-10 BA in International Relations, Curitiba University Center, Brazil

Areas of interest

Quantitative methods
Causal inference
Social media and politics
Populism in Europe and the Americas


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Journal Articles

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Lennart Schürmann, and Sven-Oliver Proksch. forthcoming. “Modulation of Democracy: Partisan Communication during and after Election Campaigns”. British Journal of Political Science.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, and Christopher Wratil. 2023. Do parties’ representation failures affect populist attitudes? Evidence from a multinational survey experiment. Political Science Research and Methods, 11(2): 347–362.

Jens Wäckerle, and Bruno Castanho Silva. 2023. “Distinctive Voices: Speech and Women’s Representation in Five European Parliaments”. Legislative Studies Quarterly, Early View.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, and Sven-Oliver Proksch. 2022. “Politicians Unleashed? Political Communication on Twitter and in Parliament in Western Europe”. Political Science Research and Methods, 10(4): 776–792.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Fabian G. Neuner, and Christopher Wratil. 2022. “Populism and Candidate Support in the US: The Effects of “Thin” and “Host” Ideology”, Journal of Experimental Political Science, FirstView.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Mario Fuks, and Eduardo Ryô Tamaki. 2022. “So Thin It’s Almost Invisible: Populist Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Brazil”, Electoral Studies 75: 1–11.

Jenne, Erin K., Kirk A. Hawkins, and Bruno Castanho Silva. 2021. “Mapping Populism and Nationalism in Leader Rhetoric across North America and Europe”. Studies in Comparative International Development 56: 170–196.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, and Sven-Oliver Proksch. 2021. “Fake It Til You Make It: A Natural Experiment to Identify European Politicians’ Benefit from Twitter Bots”. American Political Science Review, 115 (1): 316-322.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Sebastian Jungkunz, Marc Helbling, and Levente Littvay. 2020. “An Empirical Comparison of Seven Populist Attitudes Scales”, Political Research Quarterly 73(2): 409-424.

Ardag, M. Murat, Bruno Castanho Silva, J. Philipp Thomeczek, Steffen F. Bandlow-Raffalski, and Levente Littvay. 2019. “Populist Attitudes and Political Engagement: Ugly, Bad, and Sometimes Good?”. Representation. DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2019.1661870.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, and Levente Littvay. 2019. “Comparative Research Is Harder than We Thought: Regional Differences in Experts’ Understanding of Electoral Integrity Questions”. Political Analysis, 27(4): 599–604.

Castanho Silva, Bruno. 2019. “‘He’s Not One of Them!’ Antiestablishment Supporters of Populist Governments in Bolivia and Ecuador”, The Journal of Politics 81(3).

Castanho Silva, Bruno. 2018. “The (Non) Impact of the 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks on Political Attitudes”. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 44(6): 838–850.

Castanho Silva, Bruno. 2018. “Populist Radical Right Parties and Mass Polarization in the Netherlands.” European Political Science Review 10(2): 219–244.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Federico Vegetti, and Levente Littvay. 2017. “The Elite Is up to Something: Exploring the Relation between Populism and Belief in Conspiracy Theories”. Swiss Political Science Review, 23(4): 423–443.


Castanho Silva, Bruno, Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, and Levente Littvay.2019 Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Book Chapters

Castanho Silva, Bruno. 2018 “Populist Success: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis”. In: The Ideational Approach to Populism: Theory, Method & Analysis, edited by Kirk A. Hawkins, Ryan Carlin, Levente Littvay, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. Routledge.

Castanho Silva, Bruno, Ioannis Andreadis, Eva Anduiza, Nebojša Blanuša, Yazmin Morlet Corti, Gisela Delfino, Guillem Rico, Saskia Ruth, Bram Spruyt, Marco Steenbergen, and Levente Littvay. 2018. “Public Opinion Surveys: a New Scale”. In: The Ideational Approach to Populism: Theory, Method & Analysis, edited by Kirk A. Hawkins, Ryan Carlin, Levente Littvay, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. Routledge.

Hawkins, Kirk A., and Bruno Castanho Silva. 2018. “Text Analysis: Big Data Approaches”. In: The Ideational Approach to Populism: Theory, Method & Analysis, edited by Kirk A. Hawkins, Ryan Carlin, Levente Littvay, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. Routledge.



Castanho Silva, Bruno, and Michael deWitt. 2019. SCtools: Extensions for Synthetic Controls Analysis. R package version 0.3.1. URL: https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=SCtools