I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. I have recently completed my PhD in the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL). During my PhD, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Vienna and at Yale University.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in Comparative Political Behaviour, Party Politics, and Political Communication.
In my research, I seek to understand how politicians and political parties decide whether to stress a certain political position or engage in a certain rhetorical style, and what the effects of these decisions on voters are. To do so, I mostly use approaches from computational text analysis and combine them with (survey) experiments.
Before starting my PhD, I have completed the MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics at UCL. I also hold a BA in Politics, Administration and Organisation from University of Potsdam. Next to my studies, I have been working as a freelance journalist for several media outlets covering German, British and International Politics.
The Irrelevance of Populist Rhetoric when Accommodating the Populist Radical Right – Evidence from a Survey Experiment | Paper | Under Review |
Stronger Together. The Role of Party Cues in Affective Polarization towards the Radical Right | with Ivo Bantel | Work in Progress
Anti-Populist Antidotes – Understanding the Effects of Counterspeech in support of Liberal Democracy | with Julia Leschke | Work in Progress
Cutting the Climate Policy Knot!? Understanding the Potentials of Green Industrial Policies as a Programmatic Strategy of Centre-Left Parties | with Tarik Abou-Chadi | Work in Progress
I have experience in teaching classes in Political Science and Data Science. I was a teaching assistant for courses covering Quantitative Text Analysis and Machine Learning at the LSE’s Department of Methodology, as well as for Measurement in Data Science, Causal Inference, and an introductory course on Comparative Politics at UCL. In addition, I regularly teach and organise workshops for civic education programmes in Germany and Eastern Europe.