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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

V-Party Item Validation Forthcoming in Electoral Studies

An updated version of our V-Dem Working Paper on V-Party's party organizational items got accepted for publication in Electoral Studies.

Posted: 2021-11-07

V-Dem Working Paper on Party Organizations

We just finished a new V-Dem Working Paper validating the face, criterion and construct validity of V-Party's party organizational items. Given the high validity, V-Party for the first time facilitates analyses of the causes and effects of party organizations on a global scale!

Posted: 2021-06-29

Data Collection on Leaders Global Finished

Together with Holger Döring and Paul Bederke, we released Leaders Global, a dataset on Head of States (HoS) and Head of Governments (HoG) and their party affiliation covering 183 countries since 1880 at the Harvard Dataverse. Leaders Global will be included as V-Dem's HoS and HoG party affiliation variables in the upcoming v11 release.

Posted: 2021-03-08

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 teamed up with V-Dem to conduct V-Party - an expert survey on political parties.

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

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I have been teaching a range of classes at the graduate and undergraduate level - from introductions to political science to methods courses or classes on research design.

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