Dr Frank Mols

Senior Lecturer

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 59024


Frank’s research interests include political behaviour, political communication, voter attitudes, behaviour change, leadership and evidence-based policy. His research has been published in leading international journals such as Leadership Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, Political Psychology, Public Administration, West European Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Evidence and Policy, China Quarterly and the Australian Journal of Public Administration. His 2017 book The Wealth Paradox (co-authored with Jolanda Jetten and published by Cambridge University Press) has also attracted international attention, and is now widely regarded as having successfully debunked common myths about populist radical right parties and their voter base.

Research Interests

  • Political Psychology and Political Behaviour
  • Party Politics and Public Policy
  • Leadership and Followership

Research Impacts

Frank’s political psychology research has been published in a wide range of high-quality peer-reviewed journals. His research is also having considerable impact outside academe. For example, Frank receives regular requests from radio and television stations to analyse current affairs, requests from consultancy firms to be a panellist or guest speaker, and requests from elected politicians to help them gain a deeper understanding of new trends in society. Frank has also published online blogs about his research. For example, his blogs on 'Nudging' have appeared on Democratic Audit UK, and LSE's impact of social science research, and his research on the remarkable appeal of populist radical-right parties in times of economic prosperity featured in an article in the Australian edition of The Guardian.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Mols, Frank, Haslam, S. Alexander, Platow, Michael J., Reicher, Stephen D. and Steffens, Niklas K. (2023). The social identity approach to political leadership. The Oxford handbook of political psychology. (pp. 804-842) edited by Leonie Huddy, David O. Sears, Jack S. Levy and Jennifer Jerit. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197541302.013.21

  • Jetten, Jolanda and Mols, Frank (2021). Support for populist parties: economic deprivation, cultural backlash, or status anxiety?. The psychology of political polarization. (pp. 97-111) New York, NY., United States of America: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003042433

  • Mols, Frank and 't Hart, Paul (2018). Political psychology. Theory and methods in political science. (pp. 142-157) edited by Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh and Gerry Stoker. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Jetten, Jolanda and Mols, Frank (2009). Imaginative Leadership: How Leaders of Marginalized Groups Negotiate Intergroup Relations. Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference. (pp. 57-69) edited by Todd L. Pittinsky. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Press.

  • Mols, Frank (2009). Netherlands. Political Parties of the World. (pp. 420-429) edited by D.J. Sagar. London: John Harper Publishing.

  • Mols, Frank (2009). Suriname. Political Parties of the World. (pp. 556-559) edited by D.J. Sagar. London, UK: John Harper Publishing.

  • Mols, F. (2005). The Netherlands, Surinam, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles. Political parties of the world. (pp. 432-441) edited by Bogdan Szajkowsk. London: John Harper Publishing.

  • Mols, F. (2005). The Netherlands, Surinam, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles. Trade Unions of the World. (pp. xx-xx) edited by Szajkowski, B.. London: John Harper Publishing.

  • Mols, F. (2004). The Netherlands, Surinam, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles. Revolutionary and dissident movements of the world. (pp. 352-356) edited by B. Szajkowski. London, UK: John Harper Publishing.

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision