Welcome! I am a political scientist interested in unravelling some of the most important challenges for democracy in a globalizing and digitalizing world.

I work as Professor of Comparative Politics at the School of Economics and Political Science [»] at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) [»], where I also serve as the Academic Director of the MA programme "International Affairs & Governance" [»] and co-direct the Institute of Political Science [»]. I am member of the research network "External Democracy Promotion" [»].

My research programme is located at the interface of Comparative, International and European Politics. Ongoing projects evolve around three main topics:

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). In Warwick, I headed the Centre for Studies in Democratization and was involved in the introduction of a BA and a MA programme in Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods.

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