Nicolas Bichay joined the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University as a doctoral student in August of 2015. He received his Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Grand Valley State University. Prior to discovering political science, Nicolas was a student of physics and computer programming, however he quickly learned how much more personally rewarding it was to use these skills to study elections and government.

Nicolas’s fields of study include comparative politics and research methodology. His area of research focuses on political economy, elections, and statistical modeling. Specifically, he is interested in radical and populist parties, electoral institutions, economic development and inequality, and democratic stability. His dissertation focuses on the rise and rule of radical-right parties in Europe and Latin America.

A Canadian citizen born to an Egyptian-immigrant father and a Greek-immigrant mother, Nicolas is an admirer of culture and an avid world traveler. He is an enthusiastic fan of space and NASA, and loves nothing more than a great meal.