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Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the CRC/SFB 1342: "Global Dynamics of Social Policies" (Project A01) at the University of Bremen. Within the CRC I am involved in developing the Global Welfare State Information System WeSIS - an interactive, web-based information system on global dynamics of social policy. I hold a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Greifswald.

My research focuses on political parties, party ideology and party policy diffusion. More specifically, I am interested in ideological change of parties, its causes and consequences. In order to analyse change, one needs to locate parties first. For this reason, I am also interested in new ways of measuring "party ideology", in extending current databases on parties and in overcoming the "Western bias" still prevalent in party research. Methodologically, I am firmly rooted in comparative politics and macro-comparative analyses.

If you have any question regarding my work or the data collections, do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to your message!

Recent News

Out now - V-Party!

It's been a tough project but definitely worth it: V-Party is now publicly available at V-Dem's homepage! And its launch featured prominently on The Guardian and CNN with key findings about the GOP...

Posted: 2020-10-27

Article on Party Policy Diffusion and Text Similarity Accepted

Our paper "The ties that bind. Text similarities and the conditional diffusion of party policies" - together with Martin Rachuj - has been accepted for publication in the British Journal of Political Science! We will release the replication material and additional material beyond the Online Appendix soon.

Posted: 2020-08-17

Data Collection on Elections Global Finished

Elections Global - the "raw" data that served as the base for V-Party - is now available at Harvard Dataverse. It covers some smaller countries beyond V-Dem's scope and may therefore be of interest as well.

Posted: 2020-03-03

About My Work

Data Collections

Throughout the years I have been involved in several larger data collection efforts, among others CWED2 and PIP (Parties, Institutions and Preferences). I collaborate with Holger Döring on Party Facts and we recently teamed up with V-Dem to conduct a new expert survey on political parties.

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Publications

Here you will find a list of publications - from work-in-progress to forthcoming...

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Teaching

I have been teaching several courses ranging from introductory and methods courses to courses on research design both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

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