About me

I am a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Before moving to Florence, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, where I worked on the international project GovLis. I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford, where I was a member of Nuffield College. I also hold an MSc in Comparative Politics (Democracy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen. 

My research interests are at the intersection between comparative politics and political sociology. I study political attitudes and behaviour, political representation, and the interplay between them. I draw on a range of data sources, including citizen and elite surveys and news media, which I analyse using statistical methods. 

In my DPhil thesis, I show that citizens whose policy concerns receive more attention from political elites are more satisfied with democracy and more likely to turn out in elections. I am particularly interested in individual-level and contextual variation in these relationships. Parts of my thesis are published in the European Journal of Political ResearchElectoral Studies, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. You can find a summary of the EJPR article in the democratic audit UK.

Together with my colleagues in the GovLis project, I investigate whether policy is in line with public opinion on a range of policy issues across Europe. We explore a range of potential causes of variation across countries and issues, including political institutions and civic engagement. We also study the influence of interest groups and other societal actors on the quality of representation. Furthermore, I investigate inequality in political representation, for instance between women and men.

I recently wrote a book chapter on voters' motivations for supoprting the Alternative für Deutschland in the 2014 European Parliament election. Given the continued growth and success of the party, I will link this research with my work on representation and democratic satisfaction and analyse the consequences of the rise of populist parties for political attitudes.

Furthermore, I am currently developing a research project on public perceptions of politicians with disabilties, in which I will use experimental methods.

I have taught and assisted in teaching quantitative research methods and political sociology in Oxford as well as at the Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis.