_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 my research I focus on different mobilization strategies of political parties – in particular clientelism and populism – and their relationship with the quality of democratic governance in Latin America and beyond.


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News – Books

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News – Other

Project publication “Game design as a teaching tool”, funded by the Lehrkredit of the Universität Zürich (available only in german).

“Spielentwicklung als Lehrkonzept. Eine Handreichung mit forschungsbasierten Beispielen zum Thema ‘Demokratie'”, authored by Rebecca Welge, Saskia P. Ruth, and Robert A. Lovell, 2018.

For more details see Gamification.


Contact Details

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