Research Agenda

I have three main research interests. First, I aim to understand if and under which circumstances political parties adapt their ideological positions to external stimuli such as political protest, public opinion shifts, or the emergence of new parties. I am particularly interested in the conditioning effect of party types (e.g. niche parties) for parties’ perception of and reaction to public mood swings. This interest has informed several papers and articles (see: here & here), my PhD thesis, as well as ongoing projects.

My current research, in contrast, focuses on how the emergence of new parties affects public opinion and established political parties. At the moment I am drafting several papers which carefully investigate the causes and causal consequences of new party entry.

A second strand of my research focuses on political upheaval (protest & revolution) and the reactions of states to the latter (e.g. repression). My master thesis aimed to understand which form of repression was most effective for Arab rulers in oppressing and surviving the Arab Spring (published: SPSR). Currently, I am working on a project which seeks to understand the economic circumstances that are subject to revolutions and revolutionary attempts.

A third and overarching research interest of mine is the application and advancement of quantitative methods. I use quantitative text analysis, multiple imputations, statistical simulations (e.g. Synthetic Control Methods), regression discontinuity designs, and experimental designs to assess my research interests. Furthermore, I have developed several figure schemes for the statistical software Stata which seek to improve existing data visualization practices (see: here).