My research is on comparative politics, with special focus on institutional development and party politics in Europe. I have a particular interest in intra-party politics, party organization, and European center-right and radical right parties.


I. Peer-reviewed articles

“Analyzing Failed Institutional Change Attempts.” Political Research Quarterly (with Sukriti Issar, forthcoming).

“Two of the Same Kind? The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU.” German Politics and Society, 36 (1): 84–104, 2018.

II. Book chapters

“The CDU. Representation and Representation Deficits within a People’s Party.” In Parteien und Soziale Ungleichheit, ed. E. Wiesendahl. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 89–121, 2017 (in German).

“The Electoral Potential of Right- and Left-wing Extremist Parties. Unideological Protest Vote?” In Extremismus in Deutschland, eds. G. Hirscher and E. Jesse. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 397–434, 2013 (with Viola Neu, in German).

Book project

Among other projects, I am currently completing a monograph on why political parties vary in their ability to adapt to social, economic, and political transformations. Recent decades have shown that political parties differ in their ability to change their strategies and structures in response to a changed environment. This variation in party adaptation is important because the decline of old parties has often made room for radical and populist parties to rise and recently caused widespread concern over the future of liberal democracy. Focusing on three center-right parties in Germany, Italy, and Austria, this book investigates the sources of parties’ varying levels of adaptation. It is based on extensive archival research and on additional shadow cases from Argentina, France, and Japan. Overall, the book provides evidence on the varying adaptation of six major incumbent parties and covers more than 75 years. It builds on but substantially extends my dissertation, which won APSA’s 2019 Walter Dean Burnham Award and was Oxford University’s nominee for the PSA’s 2019 Lord Bryce Prize.

Please get in touch for information on further working papers and projects.


2019 Research funding, International Association for the Study of German Politics

2017 Travel Grant, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2016 Completion Grant, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2016 Writing Up Award, Department of Politics and IR, University of Oxford

2016 Travel Grant, American Political Science Association

2016 Travel Grant, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2015 Travel Grant, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2015 Nuffield – Yale Exchange Program, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2014 DPhil Studentship, Nuffield College and Department of Politics and IR, University of Oxford

2014 PhD Studentship, London School of Economics (declined)

2014 PhD Scholarship, European University Institute and DAAD (declined)

2012 Studentship, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2011 Scholarship Program for Outstanding Students, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Selected talks and presentations:

2021: AICGS

2020: Lancaster University, Oxford Politics Colloquium, ECPR, APSA (i-poster)

2019: APSA

2018: University of Exeter, DVPW, ECPRTechnos International College (Tokyo)

2017: ECPR, PSA, Modern European History Workshop (Cambridge University), Keble College (Oxford)

2016: APSA, Sciences Po Paris, CES Graduate Workshop

2015: APSA, ECPR, Nuffield College Graduate Conference, Progressive Zentrum

2014: Center for Socio-Legal Studies Discussion Group (Oxford).