I am a political scientist interested in how old and new social inequalities shape what people want from politics, what they think about politics and how they participate in politics. As a postdoctoral researcher, I am currently part of a larger research project funded by the European Commission and based at Goethe-University Frankfurt.

On this website, you can learn more about my past, present and ongoing works. If you need any additional information, want to collaborate or if you stumble on a broken link, feel free to e-mail me.


New working paper

12/09/2021 I have a new working paper out. Together with Ruben Berge Mathisen, Wouter Schakel, Lea Elsässer, Mikael Persson and Jonas Pontusson, we created a new pooled dataset for comparative responsiveness analyses. Bringing our national data on Norway, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands together, we investigate whether government partisanship makes a difference regarding unequal responsiveness. We show that left governments tended to be less biased towards better-off citizens in the past but this is not the case anymore since the Third Way turn of Social Democracy in the 1990s.

The paper is available here.

Data now available

12/01/2021 ResPOG (Responsiveness and Public Opinion in Germany) is now freely available for scientific use at GESIS. I created it together with Lea Elsässer and Armin Schäfer for our project on unequal responsiveness in Germany a while ago. Over the years, more observations and additional variables have gotten into it so it provides the opportunity not only to replicate our own analyses, but also to study a host of other questions related to public opinion and political decisions in Germany since the 1980s. Data and documentation are avilable here.

Project website started

07/04/2021 Some weeks ago, the website of the POLAR project went live. You can find it here.

First POLAR paper presented

05/07/2021 My colleague Simon Bienstman and I presented a working paper dealing with the inequality-trust link at the Workshop on Perceptions and Policy Preferences, organized at the University of Hamburg. We show that the negative effect of growing income inequality on political trust can be explained by a decline in perceived responsiveness, both in longitudinal and a cross-sectional perspective.

Update: We will present an updated version of the paper at this year’s conference of the Academy for Sociology.

Conference paper accepted

04/28/2021 I am happy that after two full years without any “real” conference participation, I will finally participate in at least two this year. I will be presenting a paper on class preferences in Britain, the US and Sweden over time at the 2021 general conference of SASE in July and at the Annual Meeting of APSA in fall. The latter is planned to happen on-site in Seattle, so I am now even more looking forward to hopefully being vaccinated soon.

Update: The same paper has been accepted for this year’s DVPW congress. I am excited that I will get loads of feedback on this work.