Research projects

My research is interdisciplinary and follows the paradigm of theoretically based empirical research. I am interested in the meaning, determinants, and consequences of social identities, especially national/ethnic identity as well as party identification. I also analyze the effects of other determinants (e.g. political knowledge, social norms, personality, negative voting) on (comparative) electoral behaviour. Furthermore, my research interests also lie in the field of Science Studies.

Currently I am working on these topics (** under review, * in preparation):

Determinants of voting behaviour

  • Determinants of party choice among migrants (with Achim Goerres and Dennis C. Spies)**
  • Right populist party support among Russian Germans (with Achim Goerres and Dennis C. Spies)*
  • Transnational voting of Turkish voters in Germany (with Achim Goerres and Dennis C. Spies)*
  • How emotions moderate the link between individual narcissism and right-wing populist vote (with Christoph G. Nyugen)**

Social identity and intergroup conflicts

  • The psychological bases of negative party identification*
  • Affective polarization among Independents*
  • Hating the leader but liking the party? How negative partisanship and personalization interact*
  • What factors relate (specifically) to anti-Asian Racism?*
  • Political institutions and types of integration* (with Stephanie Müssig)

Political methodology

  • What can go wrong when surveying unaccompanied refugee youths?* (with Laura Scholaske)

Social inequality (not only in science)

  • Who is the Impostor? Personal and organization determinants of dropout intentions among doctoral students* (with Almuth Lietz and Justus M.K. Rathmann)
  • Overqualification and the honeymoon-hangover effect among natives and immigrants in Germany* (with Samir Khalil and Almuth Lietz)