I am professor of Empirical Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Here, I am also a member of the board of the Priority Research Area Transformation of Contemporary Societies , whose chairman I was in 2014-18, and a regular member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Immigration and Integration Research. I was the head of the Political Science Department between 2018 and 2020.
I am a 2019 recipient of a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council: POLITSOLID – The Ties that Bind: Experimental Analyses of Political Solidarities in Modern Democracies. I am the first political scientist in Germany to have received a Consolidator Grant.
I am a comparative political scientist and political sociologist who works at the intersection of political behaviour and welfare state research. I am particularly interested in how large-scale social changes manifest themselves in the politics of individuals. Thus, I conduct research on the politics of population ageing and the political behaviour of immigrants. Empirically, I use both qualitative and quantitative research with a particular focus on survey research.
I teach empirical methods for political science as well as courses related to my research interests. I enjoy using new methods of teaching and sometimes evaluate them rigorously, such as Flipped Classroom Teaching.
I have received major grants by the Funk Foundation for a project on the perception and management of neuralgic societal risks (Big Risks, with Rüdiger Kiesel and Andreas Niederberger), by the German Research Foundation for the Immigrant German Election Study (with Dennis Spies) and the European Research Council.
For an overview of all my projects, please see my ResearchGate profile.
You can also find out more about me in my non-academic curriculum vitae from the perspective of political sociology.