I am a political scientist working on individual behaviour in mass member organisations. My research interests cover the implications of greater societal trends, such as the dissolution of traditional milieus on individuals’ political attitudes and behavior. I am interested in the interplay between societal dynamics and individuals, and especially in how to measure and analyse it based on rich qualitative and quantitative data.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, where I am coordinating the project “The Identity Effect of Europeanized Lifeworlds: Becoming European via Football“, funded by the German Research Foundation. In addition, I teach social science methodology at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Previous positions include work as senior advisor to the Hans Böckler Foundation as well as several applied research projects for political parties and labour unions.
I also work as a freelance trainer and advisor in the area of higher education, student counseling and career development. I am trained in diversity oriented career coaching, peer coaching and in solution focused counseling, all with a special focus on students and young researchers. In addition to that, I am trained as a skiing instructor.
I studied politics and history at the universities of Aachen, Prague and Potsdam between 2003 and 2010. Later, I combined my interest in programming with my passion for the dynamics of political organisations and individuals within such organisations. In 2017, I obtained my PhD with a work on “Young people in old politics” from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen (supervised by Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres). During my PhD, I spent time as a visiting fellow at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research in Oslo.