I am Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.) at the University of Freiburg, Department of Comparative Politics.
In my current research I focus on the following topics:
(1) political elites in Germany,
(2) attitudes in transnational comparison,
(3) the collaboration networks within political science,
(4) terrorism, and
(5) appearance effects in elections.
I predominantly work with quantitative methods like Event-History-Analysis, Multi-Level-Analysis, Sequence-Analysis or Network-Analysis.
Beauty contest revisited: The effects of perceived attractiveness, competence and likability on the electoral success of German MPs, Politics and Policy. Vol. 45 No. 4, 495-534 (with Thomas Metz). (*)
Patterns of Publishing in Political Science Journals - An Overview of our Profession Using Bibliographic Data and a Co-Authorship Network, PS: Political Science & Politics. Vol. 50, No. 1, 157-165 (with Thomas Metz). (*)
Sooner or later: the influence of public opinion and religiosity on the enactment of laws recognizing same-sex unions, in Journal of European Public Policy (with Achim Hildebrandt and Eva-Maria Trüdinger). online first.