My name is Benjamin G. Engst (CV) and I am a research associate in Comparative Politics at the Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany) as well as a Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. My research focuses on Comparative Political Behavior and Comparative Political Institutions with a strong background in Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in cross-European comparison. In addition, I’m involved in the research project “The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player.”
My thesis is located in the area of Judicial Politics and developed under the advice of Prof. Thomas Gschwend, Ph.D. (University of Mannheim, Germany), Prof. Dr. Christoph Hönnige (Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany), Prof. Tom S. Clark, Ph.D. and Prof. Jeffrey K. Staton, Ph.D. (both Emory University, USA). In my dissertation I take a broad view on “The Two Faces of Judicial Power: The Dynamics of Judicial-Legislative Bargaining” in countries with constitutional review. The first face is the explicit judicial power as a result of judicial decision-making. The second face is the implicit judicial power when political actors anticipate judicial review. Doing research on my dissertation I have been to Emory University (GA, USA) supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany). Furthermore, I spent my first year of graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University (MD, USA).
From September 2011 to September 2014, I was a research associate at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen at the Chair of German Politics held by Professor Dr. Christoph Hönnige at this time. From May 2007 to August 2011, I was a student assistant at the Chair of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research held by Prof. Dr. Jan W. van Deth (University of Mannheim). I received methods training participating in the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and the EITM European Summer Institute.
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