My name is Benjamin G. Engst (CV) and I am a postdoctoral research fellow for the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 at the University of Mannheim for the Project “Measuring a Common Space and the Dynamics of Reform Positions.” 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 was a research associate at the Chairs for Comparative Politics at the Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany) and the Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany) prior to joining the SFB in Mannheim. Recently I defended my dissertation at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. In my dissertation I assess the possibilities of highest courts to exercise direct and indirect power in the interaction with the political branches of government. Doing research on my dissertation I have been to Emory University (USA) supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition, I was involved in the research project “The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player.”
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.
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