I 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 am 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.


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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