Maria is a Ph.D student in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala Univeristy. She holds a master's degree in Political Science from Umeå University, where she wrote her Master's thesis in 2014. Her dissertation is situated at the intersection between green political theory and empirical environmental research. Current work investigate the association between communication across difference and environmental attitudes both theoretically and empirically. Research interests include democratic theory, the state in socio-ecological transformations and cultural changes. In her empirical work she utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods.