I am a research fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. Previously, I was an assistant professor (Wissenschafliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Chair of Political Science and International Comparative Research of Professor Jan W. van Deth at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where I taught courses in political sociology. At The Ohio State University, I am conducting a research project Protest, Hardship and Democracy funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).
My research focuses on comparative political behavior and social movements and lies at the intersection of sociology, political science and political psychology. I am primarily interested in how societal and state structure shape activism and preferences of individuals as well as of advocacy groups. I combine quantitative (multi-level modeling of comparative surveys, time-series analysis) and qualitative (comparative case studies, case-control studies) approaches. Geographically, I focus on advanced industrialized societies and East Central Europe.