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Political science is no armchair science. Sharing and discussing my research with the public is part of my self-concept. I offer expertise on populism, political parties, election campaigns, and political strategy in German and international media, as well as on conferences of various kind. Here are some examples. If you are interested, please contact me here.

Selected media articles and interviews


Interview on populism and domestic peace with Wertejahre. Link

Lob der zweitbesten Lösung. Der Tagesspiegel, 27 August 2021, S. 6.


“Wir reagieren auf die Proteste mit Hilflosigkeit.” Interview with Tages-Anzeiger, 12 September 2020. Link

Im Namen des Volkes gegen die Demokratie. Zentrum Liberale Moderne, 20 May 2020 (with Simon T. Franzmann). Link

Rechtsradikalismus und Populismus müssen gemeinsam bekämpft werden. Der Tagesspiegel, 11 March 2020. Link

Politikwissenschaftler: “Eine Spaltung bringt der AfD keine Vorteile”. Interview with Deutschlandfunk Nova, 18 May 2020.


Wie sich die AfD im Westen selbst zerlegt. Interview with Der Tagesspiegel, 24 September 2019.

Wie einflussreich neue rechte Parteien in Deutschland sind. Interview with Deutschlandfunk Nova, 17 January 2019.


“Starke Frauen sind dem Rechtspopulismus nicht mehr fremd”. Interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27 January 2016.

Wir protestieren – aber nur rechts! Interview with Handelsblatt, 18 March 2016.

Selected speeches and panels


November 4: Les élections fédérales allemandes de 2021 – quel impact pour le système partisan et la vie démocratique en Allemagne? Panel hosted by the Centre Marc Bloch, Université de Montréal.

October 7: ‘Bedroht (nur) der Populismus die Demokratie? Deutsche und europäische Perspektiven’ [Is (only) populism a threat to democracy? German and European perspectives], Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

October 2: ‘Responses to the populist radical right AfD in the German parliament’, presentation at the annual conference of the German Studies Association, Indianapolis, USA.

September 28: ‘The Results Are In: Analyzing the 2021 Bundestag Election’, virtual talk hosted by Georgetown University, USA.

September 21: ‘Black, Red, Green: What to Expect in the German Federal Election’ Virtual talk at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

March 17: ‘Populism and illiberal democracy in Europe’, presentation and discussion at the Andrássy University of Budapest/Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


October 13: ‘Solidarität und Wahlverhalten’ [Solidarity and voting behavior]. Virtual lecture and discussion at the Heinz Kühn Bildungswerk, Cologne, Germany.

October 6: Presentation and discussion in the virtual roundtable ‘Populism & Democratic Backsliding in Europe’, hosted by the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, Florida International University, USA.

October 4: Presentation and discussion in the roundtable ‘US-German Relations after the US Presidential Election 2020 – Hope or Despair’, virtual conference of the German Studies Association, USA.

August 11: ‘Populism and the Pandemic in Germany’. Virtual lecture and talk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

July 29: ‘Rising Autocrats and “Freedom Fighters”: How the populist radical right in Germany and Europe responds to the Corona pandemic.’ Virtual lecture and talk at the Center for European Studies, University of Florida.

July 22: ‘Comparing Populism in Germany and the United States.’ Guest lecture in the course ‘German Culture and Civilization II’, Texas A&M University.


July 4/5: Presentation and workshop on counterstrategies against the populist radical right, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung India, New Delhi.


July 13: Participation in a panel discussion on the topic ‘A deep dive into political attitudes: Has populism disrupted the traditional left-right divide?’, invited by the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, Open Society Initiative for Europe and Pew Research Center, Berlin.

July 12: Presentation on „Populism as an Attitude of Political Elites“ Free University of Berlin.

July 6: Presentation on ‘Change and access to power structures in political parties’, 16. KommunalAkademie, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn.

March 12: Participation in a panel discussion on the topic ‘Shift to the right in Europe? – What does this mean for us?’ Auslandsgesellschaft Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dortmund.


September 9: Chair of the panel ‘Support for Left/Right Populists: Insights from Case Studies’ ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway.

May 23: Speech on the Populist Radical Right in Western Europe, Antirasisk Conference of theCenter for Research on Extremism (C-REX), Oslo, Norway.

May 17: Presentation on the AfD before the German general election, University of Mainz.

May 8: Presentation on ‘The Electorate of the AfD’, symposium ‘After Pegida. Right-Wing Populism and Political Education’, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Hannover.

May 2: Presentation on the populist radical right at the cluster of excellence at the University of Konstanz.

April 8: Participation in a panel discussion on „21st Century Populism and its Sources“ XXIV Brno Symposium, Czech Republic.

TV and vlog appearances

03/2017, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, on the populist radical right (in German)

09/05/2017, Tagesschau24, on the TV debate of the AfD, CSU, FDP, Greens and Left Party

09/04/2017, Tagesschau24, on the TV debate of Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz

03/24/2017, Tagesschau24, on the regional election in the Saarland (in German)

08/12/2015, Phoenix, on the regional elections in France (in German)

Presentations and speeches