Welcome! I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh and an Associated Fellow in the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. I hold a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute and held visiting positions at Harvard University, Lund University, and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
My research and teaching interests fall in the areas of comparative politics and political economy, with a particular focus on welfare states, labour relations, party politics, and social inequality. More generally, my work seeks to understand the relationship between capitalism and democracy over time.
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My current research project investigates how radical right parties influence the reform trajectories of European welfare states, i.e. their social policy impact. It was awarded a research grant (2019-2023) from the German Research Foundation (DFG). I am also interested in the role of European integration in shaping labour markets and welfare systems as well as the political reactions of Social democratic parties to the rise of radical right parties. My work has been awarded the Kurt W. Rothschild Award for economic journalism and research, the Theodor Körner Prize for outstanding early career researchers, the Science Award and the Innovation Award of the Austrian Chamber of Labour.
My book entitled "Strong Governments, Precarious Workers: Labor Market Policy in the Era of Liberalization" was published with Cornell University Press (date of publication: December 15, 2018). Other parts of my work have appeared in social scientific journals, including Socio-Economic Review, Journal of European Public Policy, West European Politics, Comparative European Politics, and the European Journal of Industrial Relations, among other outlets.
On this website, you can find more information about my current research project, publications, teaching, CV, and contact details.