I am an associate professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz (since 2020). Before, I was researcher at the Chair for Political Psychology at the University of Mannheim (2014-20) and at the Chair for Political Sociology at the University of Bamberg (2010-14). I received my doctorate degree from the University of Bamberg in 2016, with a dissertation showing how the information context and core postures toward war and transatlantic cooperation interact in shaping German citizens’ attitudes toward military missions abroad.
In my research and teaching I deal with questions of comparative attitudinal and behavioural research. One focus of my work is on the intersection of political sociology and international politics. Here I research public opinion on classical issues of international relations, international political economy, and European integration. I am also interested in national identity at the mass level. In particular, my research focuses on the implications of citizens subscribing to multiple, potentially inconsistent ideas about the nation in times of increasing contestation of national identity at the societal level. A third strand of my research deals with political participation, turnout and vote choice in particular.
I have (co-)authored two books and numerous articles on these and other topics, which have been published in outlets such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, International Review of Political Economy, Journal of Communication, Journal of European Public Policy, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
Currently, I collaborate with researchers from nine European countries to examine the dynamic relationship between elites and masses in policy-making about common defence in the multi-level European system. This project (Fighting together, moving apart? European common defence and shared security in an age of Brexit and Trump) is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung. For more information about the project, visit the project homepage.