I am a lecturer in Comparative Politics with a specialization in the study of elections, political parties, and public opinion at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), as well as an External Fellow of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim (Germany) .
Before joining VUW, I have been the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Cornell’s Department of Government and a Faculty Affiliate of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University for four years from 2015 to 2019. I have received my Ph.D. from the University of Mainz (Germany) in 2014. Besides my Ph.D. studies in Political Communication at the University of Mainz, I taught comparative politics and method classes at the University of Mannheim from 2009 to 2015.
My research focuses on the relation between media and politics and in particular on the role of the media in election campaigns. In this context, I am specifically interested in persuasive and mobilizing campaign effects on voters in electoral contests.
I am also a member of the board of the German Society for Electoral Research (DGfW) and in this capacity part of the team which conducts the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), as well as a PI of the New Zealand Election Study (NZES). Besides that, I am conducting the New Zealand Social Media Study (NZSMS).
Finally, I am one of the three lead editors of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (JEPOP). And I am an editorial board member of Electoral Studies.