I am a political scientist, currently working as a professor of comparative government pro tempore at the Department of Political Science and Communication Studies, University of Greifswald.  

My research focuses on the stability and resilience of democracies and the role of political parties in particular. The focus of my research is therefore on populism in international comparison, especially its impact on democratic institutions. In detail, my work revolves around populist parties’ ideology, voters and elites as well as the counterstrategies of mainstream parties to the populist challenge. Furthermore, my research examines the development of contemporary democracies with regard to the participation and demands of their citizens as well as the responsiveness of their institutions.

Before my employment at the University of Greifswald, I was a DAAD visiting assistant professor at the Center for European Studies, University of Florida and a professor of public policy and state politics pro tempore at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Prior to this, I served as a lecturer at several universities, such as the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the University of Bonn, where I attained my Ph.D (Dr. phil.) in 2012 with a study on election campaigns in the German states.