Welcome! I am a comparative political scientist with a background in international and European politics and a keen interest in applied social science methodology. I work as a Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Economics and Political Science [»] at the University of St.Gallen [»].

I study the chances and risks that emerge for democracy in a globalizing and digitalizing world. Current projects examine the perception and the quality of democracy beyond the nation-state, and the promotion of democracy through conditionality and private business. 

It is my personal aspiration to inspire people to contribute to a humanistic and optimistic democratic society balancing individual and social interests and needs, worldwide. 



Advice and feedback hours for students


Students are kindly asked not to contact me by email but to come and see me in person during my weekly contact hours. To secure a slot, please do send an email to my secretary Mrs Woodtly, clearly specifying your request. Thanks!

Monday, 5-6:30 pm | Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm