_MG_8672_sw2I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the NCCR Democracy at the University of Zurich and the Center for Democracy Studies in Aarau (Switzerland). I hold a Diploma in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cologne (Germany). In my research I mainly focuss on the effect of different mobilization strategies of political parties – in particular clientelism and populism – on the quality of democratic governance in Latin America.



News – Just Published


Ruth, Saskia P., Yanina Welp, and Laurence Whitehead (2017) (Eds.) “Let the People Rule? Direct Democracy in the Twenty-first Century”, Colchester: ECPR Press.


Welp, Yanina and Saskia P. Ruth (2017) “Presidentas Twitteras: The Social Media Use of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Dilma Rousseff”, in Došek, Tomáš; Freidenberg, Flavia; Caminotti, Mariana and Muñoz-Pogossian, Betilde (Eds): Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 131-149.



News – University of Zurich funds Gamification in Higher Education


In december 2016, Dr. Rebecca Welge and I have been awarded with the Lehrkredit of the University of Zurich – a competitive teaching fund – to further develop the innovative teaching method of the “instructed educational game for higher education”.

For more information see Gamification.



Contact Details

University of Zürich
NCCR Democracy
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 634 58 24
Fax: +41 44 634 52 00