I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Group on Comparative Politics at the University of Konstanz and a 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 and Legislative 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 received the Dissertation Award of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), the Lorenz-von-Stein Prize of the MZES, and the award by the Prof. Dr. Anna und Prof. Dr. Jörg Jiri Bojanovsky-Foundation. 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 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 and Georg-August-University of Göttingen as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center of the University of Mannheim, prior to joining the University of Konstanz. 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.