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 a professor at the Chair of Political Systems and European Integration at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Additionally, I am External Fellow of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.
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.
Currently, I am working on several papers regarding 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. These projects will be part of my cumulative higher doctorate entitled “Dynamic party competition in European multi-level systems”.
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.
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.