Alexander H. Trechsel is Professor of Political Science and the first full-time holder of the Swiss Chair in Federalism and Democracy at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. From 2012-2013, he is also a Faculty Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Before joining the EUI in 2005, he was Vice-Director of the Research and Documentation Centre on Direct Democracy (c2d) at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva (1999-2005). During this period he intensively worked on direct democratic processes as well as on voting behavior in elections and referendums in a comparative perspective. Since 1999, he became increasingly interested in modern information and communication technologies’ impact on these processes. Early on, he carried out political science research in the field of electronic democracy, internet voting and e-governance in Europe. In 2009, he directed the EU Profiler project, a pan-European Voting Advice Application for the European Parliamentary Elections. The project won the 2009 World E-Democracy Forum Award and the data gathered has been used in leading academic publications.
Trechsel received his Ph.D. in political science (1999, with distinction) from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Information Technology and Politics (JITP), of the USENIX Journal of ElectionTechnology and Systems (JETS) and is a board member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) research committee on electronic democracy.