Curriculum Vitae

Full Professor in political science, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Junior Professor in political science, University of Konstanz, Germany (since 2011)

Senior researcher and reader (Oberassistentin) in comparative political science, University of Zurich, Switzerland (2007 -2011)

Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2008/09)

Visiting fellow, Government Department, Harvard University, USA (2006)

Teaching assistant in comparative politics, University of Zurich, Switzerland. (2003-2007)

Teaching and research assistant in public policy analysis, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. (2001-2003)


Ph.D. in comparative political science, University of Zurich, summa cum laude (spring 2007)

Master in Public Administration and Public Management, MPA, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland. (2003)

Diploma (BA / Licence) in political science, University of Geneva, Switzerland. (2001)

Various summer schools and graduate courses


ERC Starting Grant WELFAREPRIORITIES "Welfare state politics under pressure: identifying priorities, trade-offs and reform opportunities among citizens, political elites and business" (1'470'000.- EUR, 2017-2022)

Research project grant "Hard Choices. Trade-offs and reform opportunities in Swiss pension politics" (Principal Investigator, Grant n° 100017_159341/1; 348'553.-CHF; 2015-2018)

Research project grant "Crisis of Democracy? Party politics and representation in times of austerity" (main applicant, Grant number 100018_153140/1 ; 176'717.-CHF)

Research project grant "Who is in and who is out? The political representation of insiders and outsiders in Western Europe" (main applicant, Grant number 100017_1319994/1 ; 138'800.-CHF)

Research project grant "From elections to outputs: linking party system change and distributive policy change" (with Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi. Grant number 100012_129673/1; 279'122 CHF).

Ernst. B. Haas Best Dissertation Prize of the "European Politics and Society" section of the American Political Science Association APSA (2008)

Jean Blondel Ph.D. Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research ECPR (2008)

Junior Scientist Award by the Swiss Political Science Association (2008)
Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Lucerne (2009)

Young Researcher Grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation (6 month) for a research stay at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (2006)

Young Researcher Prize 2004 by the Journal of European Social Policy and the European Social Policy Analysis Network ESPANET (2005)

Prize for best Master Thesis in 2003 by IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland. (2004)

Prize of the Swiss Society of Administrative Science for best Master Thesis on public sector reforms in 2003. (2004) 

Prize for best BA in Swiss politics in 2001 by the Department of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland. (2002)