Research


My research covers different aspects of Empirical Democracy Research. It relates to the fields of Comparative Politics, Political Behavior and Public Opinion Research and draws on theories and approaches from Political Psychology and Political Sociology. I am particularly interested in studying how societal changes and conflicts affect political and social behavior as well as political attitudes and attitudes towards democracy. Empirically, I apply quantitative methods and adopt a comparative perspective (subnational or cross-national comparison with a focus on Western democracies). Below, you find information on my Research Agenda and current Research Projects.


Research Agenda

1. Citizens and Democracy

I am interested in the way citizens participate in politics and society and how they evaluate the political system and their very own role in this system. Thus, I study civic engagement, aspects of social cohesion, attitudes towards democracy and norms of good citizenship. I analyze how contextual factors (e.g. institutions, social structure, opinion climate) and societal changes (e.g. digitalization, demographic change, polarization) affect civic engagement and attitudes towards democracy.

2. Rural-Urban Divides in Politics

In collaboration with Richard Traunmüller (U Mannheim/ GU Frankfurt) and Sigrid Roßteutscher (GU Frankfurt), I study rural-urban divides in German and European politics. We are particularly interested in studying political behavior and attitudes towards democracy.

3. Consequences of Societal Change

In the face of far-reaching social changes, I am particularly interested in how the digital and ecological transformation affects individual action and social cohesion.

4. Survey Research

From a methodological perspective, I am particularly interested in Survey Research. I study the validity of commonly used survey measures and I try to delevop innovative and better measures for concepts used in Empirical Democracy Research.


Research Projects

The Rural-Urban Divide in Europe (01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023)

Funding Scheme: NORFACE (“Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age” Research Programme)
More information: https://www.fb03.uni-frankfurt.de/67808294/InFER_Projects

Blackbox Sustainability (15.09.2020 - 14.09.2023)

Funding Scheme: Excellence Strategy U Heidelberg (Field of Focus 4 “Regulation and Self-Regulation”)

Intergenerational Transmission of Citizenship Norms (01.10.2020 - 31.12.2020)

Funding Scheme: Excellence Strategy U Heidelberg (Flagship Initiative “Transforming Cultural Heritage”)

Citizenship Norms Revisited - Concept and Conditions (01.05.2017 - 31.03.2018 - completed)

Funding Scheme: SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Grant
More information: http://p3.snf.ch/Project-172236