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I am a political scientist interested in the analysis of party competition and government formation in multi-level systems, EU Cohesion policy and social science research methods (particularly text scaling methods). Currently, I am Associate Professor (Akademischer Rat auf Lebenszeit) at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Previously, I was Professor for Comparative Political Science (pro tempore, 11/2020-03/2021) as well as Professor for Political Systems and European Integraton (pro tempore, 10/2019-09/2020) at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Furthermore, I have been an External Fellow of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim (11/2017-10/2019).

I finished my PhD at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2015. My thesis dealt with coalition formation, coalition bargaining, and coalition agreements on the German local level in general and with coalitions between the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) in particular.

I submitted my cumulative higher doctorate (Habilitation) on “Dynamic party competition in European multi-level systems” in December 2021 at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. The cumulus deals with party competition in local government settings, parties’ positions and issue emphasis of European integration and EU Cohesion policy, and party behaviour in times of crises.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), I am currently running a project to study patterns of representation and inequality in German municipal politics together with Dominic Nyhuis. The project focuses on how local parties use parliamentary questions in local councils, which factors explain the likelihood of candidates to be voted in local councils, and which issues local political actors emphasise in local politics. You can find more information on the project here.

Together with Michael Jankowski, I am leading “The Local Manifesto Project (LMP)”. This app is a new resource for analyzing local party competition by providing scholars with the opportunity to use several text scaling and topic modelling techniques. Further information on “The Local Manifesto Project (LMP)” can be found here.

More information regarding my research can also be found on my ResearchGate and my Google Scholar profiles.