I am a Jean Monnet Chair and Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and co-founder of the Connected_Politics Lab @ UCD. Broadly speaking, my research agenda addresses various aspects of international and comparative politics, with a specific focus on policymaking in the European Union (EU).
My research applies methods adapted from natural language processing to analyse a large corpus of legislative texts in the EU (Cross & Greene 2019; 2017a; 2017b; Cross et al. 2019; Greene & Cross, 2017; Cross & Hermansson 2017). These new methods and data will be used to provide insight into patterns of conflict and cooperation between the Council, the Commission, and the Parliament in the EU policy-making process. These questions lie at the heart of the European integration project and investigating the manner in which patterns of conflict and cooperation between these institutional actors have changed as the EU has evolved over time is central to understanding this EU policy-making process. The methods developed when studying the legislative process in the EU also have the potential to be adapted to other legislative bodies, and further effort in this direction is envisaged as part of the broader research project, starting with the replication of important existing studies in comparative politics.
My post-doctoral work at the ETH in Zurich and as a Max Weber and Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI in Florence developed upon my Ph.D. work in a number of ways. I examined the role of transparency and censorship in the EU Policy-making process, specifically looking at how different levels of transparency affect negotiator position taking during negotiations (Cross 2013b). I applied insights gained from formal theoretical models of committee decision making to explain how the negotiation behaviour of Member States is affected by the levels of transparency applied to different negotiation contexts. I have also considered the determinants of legislative transparency within the Council of Ministers, as this is a central concern for those concerned with the democratic legitimacy of EU decision making (Cross 2014; Cross & Boelstad 2014).