I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in political and computer science. My research follows the paradigm of theoretically based empirical research and focuses on political psychology, political integration of societal sub-groups in comparative perspective, research methods, and science studies. I have an excellent knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods, which I use to further our understanding of societal phenomena such as group identities, political attitudes and comparative electoral behaviour.
After finishing my joint master’s degree in Political Science (major), Computer Science and Accounting at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation on the measurement of party identification in April 2016.
Currently, I’m Head of Data and Methods at the DeZIM Institute in Berlin and Senior Reseach Fellow (Privatdozentin) at the Department of Politial Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Previously, I held positions as research associate at the Chair for Political Sociology at Johannes Gutenberg University (Head of Chair: Prof. Dr. Kai Arzheimer) and at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). In October 2016, I joined the University of Duisburg-Essen as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chair for Empirical Political Science (Head of Chair: Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres). Until December 2019, I coordinated a DFG-funded project on the political participation of immigrant-origin voters, the first Immigrant German Election Study (IMGES).
My work has been published in the European Journal of Personality, Electoral Studies, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Political Psychology and Scientometrics amongst others. Furthermore, my research has been featured on television and in newspapers both in Germany and abroad, as well as on national radio, e.g., ARD Tagesthemen, ARD Nachtmagazin, Tagesspiegel, DER SPIEGEL, MDR, dpa, Vedomosti.
I am currently elected member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Methodology, speaker of the Methods of Political Science section of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW), and German member of the Management Committee for the COST Action 16111 ETHMIGSURVEYDATA.
Updates and current working papers can also be found on my ResearchGate account.