I am a Senior Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations. Before joining the Politics and International Relations team at Canterbury Christ Church University, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate on the FP7 ANTICORRP project at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies. I previously worked as a postgraduate teaching assistant at the same department and as a research assistant at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.
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.
Since January 2017, I also serve as Big Data Ambassador for the School Psychology, Politics & Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University.
In addition to my post at CCCU, I am an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
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) for publication with Palgrave Macmillan in June 2017. My other research on presidents currently deals with presidential veto power in international comparison, electoral colleges and competition in 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