Welcome! I work as Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St.Gallen [»]. I currently serve as the Academic Director of the MA programme "International Affairs & Governance."

In my research, I study the chances and risks that emerge for democracy in a globalizing and digitalizing world. My main ongoing projects explore the perception and the quality of democratic governance beyond the nation-state, as well as the promotion of democratic rules and practices through conditionality and private business.

I received my Ph.D. from ETH Zurich in 2011. Prior to returning to Switzerland in 2015, I was a Max-Weber-Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2011/2) and then joined the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick, first as Leverhulme-Trust-Fellow (2012/3), then Assistant Professor (2013/4) and Associate Professor (2014/5).


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 consultation hours. To secure a slot, please send an email to my secretary Mrs Woodtly, clearly specifying your request. Thanks!

During term:          Tuesdays & Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm
During term break: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm