This website provides information on my research, teaching, media appearances, and my vita.
I grew up in Germany, where I also started my studies of political science at the Free University of Berlin. During my undergraduate studies, I spent one year at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on political science and economics. I then pursued a master's degree in international relations with an emphasis on research methods at the London School of Economics.
From 2013 to 2019, I was a Ph.D. student at Duke University, specializing in political economy and political methodology. My dissertation is entitled The Political Economy of Public Bureaucracy: The Emergence of Modern Administrative Organizations. It explains cross-national and cross-regional variation in formal and informal bureaucratic institutions.
I currently hold the position of a post-doctoral research associate in the political economy of good government at the University of Virginia's Department of Politics. In this role, I am also affiliated with the Democracy Initiative and the Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law (CLEAR).
In addition to my dissertation, I have several research projects dealing with one of four research agendas: (1) "The Political Economy of Public Bureaucracy," (2) "The Political Economy of Rivalry and Competition," (3) "The Political Economy of the European Union," and (4) "The Historical Political Economy of Democracy and Authoritarianism." Detailed information can be found under research. Further independent working papers and work-in-progress can be found there as well.
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