Overview

Current Work

I joined the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in March 2015. Previously, I was a research fellow for the DFG financed project "MARPOR – Manifesto Research on Political Representation" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (2009-2015). The Manifesto Project received the American Political Science Association’s award for the best dataset in comparative politics in 2003 and the Statistical Software Award 2016 of the Society for Political Methodology in 2016. I was also a research fellow for the projects "The Politics of Time: The Temporality of EU Enlargement and Europeanisation" at Potsdam University, Germany (2007-2009) and "EU-Profiler”, EUI Florence, Italy (2008-2009). I received my PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University Berlin in 2015.

My research focuses on the development and challenges of democracy, with a special focus on the role of political parties. In particular, I analyse party behaviour and policy representation from a comparative perspective. My current research focuses on theoretical as well as voter-based expectations towards political actors in established democracies and the dilemmas these expectations create for political parties. I have published in international refereed journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy, the Australian Journal of Political Science, Regional and Federal Studies, and German Politics.

I am part of the ‘People, Elections and Parties’ group at the School of Government and Public Policy. Since 2016, I have been Steering Group member of MAPROP and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.

My current work includes:
- Eurosceptic parties in the European Parliament.
- Australian voters' attitudes to their parties.
- Party representation in Western Europe.
- Party youth wings in Australia and Germany.
 

Expertise Keywords

  • European politics
  • Political parties
  • Representation

Country Affiliations

  • Austria
  • Germany

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 12 (Other: 12)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Seminar
    An International and Transnational Populist Radical Right: The Europe of Nations and Freedom Group,   University Salzburg, Austria,   2017,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001PPP)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001PPP)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001PPP)
    Convenor, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001PPP)
    Teacher, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Theory & Method Social Science (6001GIR)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany 2009 - 2015
  • MA Master of Arts, Potsdam University, Germany 2001 - 2007

Academic experience

  • Research Fellow, 2015 - Present
  • Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center, Germany 2009 - 2015
  • Research Fellow, Potsdam University, Germany 2007 - 2009

Internal service roles

  • Research Methods Adviser, School of Government and International Relations (GIR) 2016 -

External service roles

  • Steering Group Member, Manifesto Research on Political Representation (MARPOR) 2016 -

Editorial roles

  • Co-Editor, Australian Journal of Political Science 2016 -