Teaching

I can look back on more than 12 years of teaching experience at various universities. My courses include a variety of topics, such as:

populism in Europe,
parties and party systems,
democracies in international comparison,
the political system of Germany,
epistemological and methodological approaches in political science.


As a university teacher, I value and encourage interaction, discussion and a well-informed and critical approach to research. Wherever possible, I animate students to work with primary data and conduct their own empirical projects.

For instance, together with Frank Decker, I have offered a Master’s course on ‘Empirical Populism Research’ (Empirische Populismusforschung) in the winter term 2018/19 at the University of Bonn, which was part of the The Populist Radical Right and Protectionism project. In this course, student research groups hand-coded the manifestos of populist radical right parties based on an extensive codebook (which shall be made available in due course). If interested, please find the syllabus here (in German):
Syllabus “Empirische Populismusforschung”.

2021

Populism on the Rise in Europe (University of Florida, fall term)
Germany in the EU (University of Florida, fall term)

Party Organization in the German-speaking World (University of Florida, spring term)
Majoritarian and Consensus Democracy (University of Florida, spring term)

2020

Rise and Fall of the Weimar Republic (University of Florida, fall term)
Governing under unstable Conditions? Coalitions, Parliaments, and Parties in Europe (University of Florida, fall term)

Democratic Transformation in Europe and Beyond (University of Florida, spring term)
European Party Systems (University of Florida, spring term)

2019

Germany in the EU (University of Florida, fall term)
Populism on the Rise in Europe (University of Florida, fall term)

Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (University of Duisburg-Essen, seminar, summer term)
Parteien und Parteiensysteme im internationalen Vergleich (University of Duisburg-Essen, seminar, summer term)
Populismus im internationalen Vergleich (University of Duisburg-Essen, seminar, summer term)

Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, lecture, winter trimester)
Prozesse und Probleme der Transformation (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, MA seminar, winter trimester)

2018

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, BA exercise, fall trimester)

Empirische Populismusforschung (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, BA seminar, spring trimester)
Empirische Populismusforschung (University of Bonn, MA seminar, winter term)

Politikwissenschaftliche Methoden (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, BA seminar, winter trimester)
Parteienforschung (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, BA seminar, winter trimester)
Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, lecture, winter trimester)