_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 – Blog Posts


News – Just Published

  • Bolleyer, Nicole and Saskia P. Ruth (forthcoming): Elite Investments in Party Institutionalization in New Democracies: A Two-Dimensional Approach, in The Journal of Politics.
  • Ruth, Saskia P. (forthcoming): Populism and the Erosion of Horizontal Accountability in Latin America, in Political Studies.
  • Ruth, Saskia P., Yanina Welp, and Laurence Whitehead (2017) (Eds.) “Let the People Rule? Direct Democracy in the Twenty-first Century”, Colchester: ECPR Press.


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 grant- 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