I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Methods of Empirical Social Research where I also teach quantitative methods.
I received my PhD from the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. During my doctoral studies I was working at the Chair for Methods of Empirical Social Research (Prof. Gautschi) and in the ERC project „Repression and the Escalation of Violence“ (RATE), which is based at the Chair for Political Science IV (Prof. Carey).
My research focuses on the diffusion of protests, the impact of information technologies on collective action, political violence, and quantitative methods.
In my dissertation I investigated how mass movements develop and spread across time and space in an authoritarian setting -- an environment in which civil society is constrained, collective action involves high personal risks, and access to information is restricted. By collecting novel data on the 1989 revolution in the former German Democratic Republic, including information on protest events, state repression, and media content at the day-municipality level, I empirically traced the dynamics of micro-mobilization on a highly disaggregated level.