Matthew Loveless received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, USA). He is the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Social Progress (www.cersp.org), an inter-disciplinary research center in Italy he co-founded. He has been a Jean Monnet Fellow (RSCAS, EUI), a Scholar in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.); a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University (USA), a Nuffield Fellow and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK); an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi (USA) and an Associate Professor at the University of Kent (UK). His work has transitioned from an early focus on the role of mass media on political socialization during the democratization of Eastern Europe to the study of the drivers of macro-economic (mis-)perceptions – including media- and the subsequent effects on political behavior in Europe. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics, International Journal of Communication, World Development, Comparative Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, and the European Journal of Political Research, Government and Opposition, Electoral Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Europe-Asia Studies, Social Justice Research, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Democratization.