Welcome to my website! I am a passionate political scientist with a strong enthusiasm for research and academic teaching. Currently, I am employed as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Group of Comparative Politics at Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz. Previously, I served as an interim professor at the University of Bamberg (Political Sociology) and at JGU Mainz (Comparative Politics).
My research delves into political processes in advanced democracies from a comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the political attitudes and behaviour of citizens in Western Europe. My research agenda is motivated by real-world challenges confronting established democracies, including the impact of globalization on domestic politics, the evolution of political competition and cleavages, as well as the rise of populist sentiment and voting behaviour. With a strong interest in understanding the interplay among macro-, meso-, and micro-level factors, I investigate questions at the intersection of public opinion & voting behaviour, party politics, and political economy. My research follows a theory-guided approach and primarily employs quantitative methods.
I earned a Diplom (equivalent to a Master’s degree) from the University of Hamburg in 2009 and completed my Ph.D. at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2015. My articles have been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Political Science (BJPS), Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research (EJPR), European Union Politics (EUP), Journal of European Social Policy (JESP), Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), Party Politics, Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS), Political Studies, and West European Politics (WEP).
Beyond my research endeavours, I find great fulfilment in academic teaching and am honoured to have recently received the JGU teaching award.
Additionally, I currently serve as one of the three speakers of the “Arbeitskreis Wahlen und politische Einstellungen” (Working Group on Elections and Political Attitudes) within the German Political Science Association (DVPW).
Within these pages, you will find a list of publications, a comprehensive CV, reproduction materials for my published research, and information on some of my current working papers. Additionally, you can explore my Google Scholar page and my ORCID profile or follow me on Twitter. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about my research—I am always eager to engage in discussion and answer your inquiries.