I am a Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations and deputy director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS). Before joining CCCU, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where I also completed my PhD.
I hold a BA (1:1) in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Mannheim, Germany as well as a MA (distinction) in Politics, Security and Integration and a PhD in Political Science from University College London. My PhD thesis 'Veto et Peto: Patterns of Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe' was awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize 2016 for the best thesis in politics.
Research and knowledge exchange
My main research interests and expertise are in presidential politics, political parties and methodology
I have just completed a monograph 'Presidential Activism and Veto Power in Central and Eastern Europe' (based on my award-winning PhD thesis) which was published with Palgrave Macmillan in July 2017. My other research on presidents currently deals with presidential veto power in international comparison and indirect presidential elections.
Together with Allan Sikk I am currently working on new approaches to understanding party and party system change as well as political change through the lens of electoral politics. We have compiled an original data set on electoral candidates in Central and Eastern Europe (ca. 250,000 candidates from 11 countries) which we plan to expand to other countries. In addition we are working towards a book on candidate change in new democracies and preparing a larger research project on electoral candidates and political change.
I have a keen interest in questions of political science methodology with a particular interest in elite interviewing and combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. I have taught workshops on interviewing and mixed-methods and filmed two teaching videos on these subjects for SAGE Research Methods. In addition, I am interested in new forms of Big Political Data and qualitative aspects of Big Data.
Publications and research outputs