I am a post-doc at the Chair of German Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin.
In my work, I investigate how experiences of insecurity and disadvantage shape political attitudes and behaviors such as political efficacy, trust, and responsibility attributions.
Currently, I am especially interested in the role that emotions, such as anger and anxiety, play in translating general grievances into specific political attitudes. In this, my work seeks to explore the rise of populism and the construction of new political identities.
I am also interested in research methods and research design. I am interested in experimental methods, large-N observational data, but also mixed-method and qualitative research designs.
PhD in Political Science, 2014
Master in Political Science, 2010
BA in Economics / International Studies, 2006
How do affect and emotions shape citizens political attitudes and behaviors? Focus on the role of emotions in shaping cognition and group identities.
Introduces German political institutions (parliament, electoral and party system etc.) and compares them to international counterparts. Also teaches students basic research methods: How to find, read, and synthesize academic works and develop their own questions and arguments.
Uses the empirical case of Germany to introduce theories of institutions and institutional change. Focus on the three New Institutionalisms and Discoursive Institutionalism, as well as the distinction between critical junctures and gradual institutional change.
Course exploring the history and developments of social policy in Germany. Teaches (1) basic concepts,(2) historical roots, (3) current trajectories, (4) effects of social policy.
Course introduces the logics of quantitative and qualitative methods. Special emphasis is placed on methods that combine quantitative and qualitative approaches.
An introduction to quantitative methods up to logistic regression. Focus on applied work using STATA.