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


Positions held

  • Professor of Political Science, University of Mainz and Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, University of Essex
  • 2006-2009 Lecturer in German and West European Politics/DAAD fellow,
    Department of Government, University of Essex
  • 2002-2006: Senior researcher/lecturer (“C1”), Institut für
    Politikwissenschaft/Universität Mainz
  • 1998-2001: Junior researcher/lecturer, University of Mainz
  • 1997-1998: Research associate within the DFG-funded project
    “Conjoint Analysis as a Tool for Voting Research”


  • 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)
  • 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