_MG_8672_sw2I am a Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Latin America Studies, in Hamburg (Germany).

I hold a Diploma in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cologne (Germany).

From 2013 until 2017, I was a Postdoc at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

In the winter term 2018/2019 I was an interim professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt (‘Vertretungsprofessur’ for Prof. Dr. Brigitte Geißel).

In my research I focus on the impact of clientelism and populism on different facets of representative democracy in Latin America and beyond.


News – Just Published


News – Miscellaneous

  • New Erasmus+ KA2, Strategic Partnership, Project: DEMOGAMES
    Democracy and Games: Analog and Digital Game-Based Learning Tools for Youth Work. Beginning in September 2019, the project will be carried out in cooperation with international partners from the field of youth work and result in a toolkit on democracy education reaching beyond academic circles.
  • We just published the print&play documents of our “Democracy & Games” project which was funded by Demokrative. Let’s Play Demokratiebarometer, print & play Material for three short educational games can be downloaded at https://demokrative.ch/index.php/de-de/projekte/db-spiele.
  • I recently joined the new convernors of the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics – which will host the upcoming Summer School on Political Behaviour in Latin America together with the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid. For more information see here.


News – Books

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[ECPR link]                                     [Palgrave link]                               [Nomos link]


Contact Details

GIGA – German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 / 20354 Hamburg / Germany