I was born and raised (and still live today) in the German Ruhr Area, an area that experienced massive structural change over the last decades. Once Germany’s industrial heartland, people here had to rapidly adapt to de-industrialisation and its typical repercussions: rising rates of unemployment, demographic change, rising public debts and the end of the traditional working class culture. Such changes come with a descent for many but not for all. Thus they are likely to increase inequality.
In my research, I seek to learn more about how people adapt to such changes – be they rapid or more incremental. As a political scientist, I focus on the influence such changes have on politics: Do people react with apathy or anger? Do they change their voting behaviour? What political actions do they expect from governments? I am also interested in questions that deal with how politics creates or mitigates inequalities or how it reacts to them, especially regarding reforms of the labour market and other social policies.
I am currently working as a postdoc at Goethe University Frankfurt on a project that studies the political consequences of rising economic inequality in many Western democracies (PI: Markus Gangl; see POLAR). Before joining Goethe Uni, I was a research associate at the University of Osnabrück (2015-18) and at the University of Münster (2018-20). In 2018, I had the privilege to spend two months as a visiting student at MIT. I gained my PhD in 2019 with a thesis on the political consequences of labour market dualization in Germany (you’ll find more information on my thesis under Research). I also hold a bachelor degree from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a master degree from Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.
Besides working, I enjoy many different things (without necessarily being very good at them): yoga, hiking, singing and listening to music, quizzes, puzzles and board games, books, newspapers and movies. I recently started learning to play the guitar.