I am Associate Professor and Head of School of the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. Prior to joining ANU in July 2019, I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, where I was part of the People, Elections and Parties group. My research focuses on the development and challenges of democracy, with a special focus on the role of political parties. In particular, I analyse Eurosceptic and radical right populist party behaviour and representation from a comparative perspective. Furthermore, my research focuses on voters’ expectations towards political actors in established democracies and the dilemmas these expectations create for political parties.

Before coming to Australia, I was a research fellow for the DFG-financed project MARPOR – Manifesto Research on Political Representation at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (2009-2015). I received my PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University Berlin in 2015. Since 2016, I have been Steering Group member of MARPOR.

I am happy to co-organise and co-host the Populism Seminar with Andrej Zaslove (Radboud University Nijmegen), Robert Huber (University of Salzburg), and Maurits Meijers (Radboud University Nijmegen). Every second Monday of the month, me meet on Zoom to exchange the latest populism research and to facilitate cooperation among scholars across countries. For the latest information, please follow @PopulismSeminar on Twitter and check out the events on our webpage http://populism-seminar.com.

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