I am professor of Empirical Political Science and chair of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Institute of Political Science, which would be called a ‘department’ in most Anglo-Saxon contexts, has 15 professors and a total of more than 100 employees.
I am also a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Immigration and Integration Research.
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) and by the German Research Foundation for the Immigrant German Election Study (with Dennis Spies).
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.