I am a SNSF Ambizione Grant Holder (Senior Researcher) at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich (Switzerland). Using a comparative perspective, my research focuses primarily on questions around public opinion formation. I try to understand which role political parties, political institutions, the media (off- and online) and economic circumstances play for the public and its information processes. The major question I currently study is how political norms in contemporary democracies change. For instance, does the electoral success of radical parties legitimize radical positions for the public? How will mainstream parties and the media react to the success of radical parties? And most importantly: can governments develop locally targeted policies (e.g. investment policies) to contain the electoral threat of radical parties? My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, and West European Politics amongst others.
09.2018-12.2018: Visiting Scholar, Department of Government & IQSS, Harvard University.
06.2018: Visiting Scholar, Department of Government, University of Vienna.
06.2017: Visiting Scholar, Department of Government, University of Vienna.
12.2014-06.2015: Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego.