I am a postdoctoral researcher for the Collaborative Research Center – SFB 884 and I am affiliated with the Chair of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences” at the University of Mannheim. Moreover, I’m principle investigator for the project “Get the Word Out: The Formation and Political Impact of Judicial Opinion-Writing” at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). My research interests include Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Political Institutions and Computer-Assisted Text Analysis with a strong focus on Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in a cross-European comparison.

I hold a PhD from the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. For my thesis on the political power of highest courts I have been awarded the Dissertation Award of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW – German Political Science Association) and the Lorenz-von-Stein Prize of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). I have been a guest scholar at Emory University (USA) supported through a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition, I am involved in the research project “The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player.”

I was a research associate at the Chairs for Comparative Politics at Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany) and Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany) prior to joining the SFB in Mannheim.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany). Moreover, I spent my first year of graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University (USA). In addition, I was a student assistant at the Chair for Political Science and International Comparative Social Research and received methods training participating in the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and the EITM European Summer Institute.