Principal research and teaching interests

  • Voting in national and comparative perspective, with a specific interest in the voters of Right-wing Extremist parties in Western Europe
  • Political attitudes and value orientations in comparative
    perspective, with a particular interest in political disaffection
    and alienation (“Politikverdrossenheit“)
  • Research methods in political science
  • German and West European politics

Current external funding

  • 2014 “Candidate location and voter perceptions in the 2015 General Election”. Funded by the Thyssen Foundation,, ca. 15.000 Euro
  • 2014 “National and Europeanised Identities before, during, and after the European Parliamentary Election”. FFunded by the Thyssen Foundation, ca. 34.000 Euro
  • 2013 Local Organiser of the  41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Funding from German Science Foundation (DFG) ca. 41.000, RLP state government 10.000 Euro plus 10.000 Euro in private donations and sponsoring income
  • 2010-12 “Information, Framing, and Openness for Political Reform”. Funded by the Thyssen Foundation, ca. 28.000 Euro


Last positions held


  • Wide range of modules in the fields of methods, political
    sociology, German and West European Politics – see separate pages
    for Germany and UK

Awards and Distinctions

  • Grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the publication of my monograph on “Politikverdrossenheit”
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität dissertation prize
  • DAAD Lecturer Fellowship

Reviewer for

  • Acta Politica
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • British Academy
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • British Journal of Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Electoral Studies
  • European Journal of Political Research
  • European Sociological Review
  • European Union Politics
  • FWF Wissenschaftsfond (Austria)
  • German Politics
  • German Politics and Society
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)
  • Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft
  • Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
  • Journal of European Public Policy
  • Journal of Official Statistics
  • Journal of Politics
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Migration Studies
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • Open Research Area (ORA)
  • Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Parliamentary Affairs
  • Party Politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Political Geography
  • Political Studies
  • Politische Vierteljahresschrift
  • Routledge
  • Scandinavian Political Studies
  • Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • Social Science Research
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • West European Politics
  • World Politics