I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Zukunftskolleg and 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, Lund, and SDU Odense. My research and teaching interests fall in the area of comparative political economy, with a particular focus on welfare states and industrial relations. In general, my work seeks to understand the relationship between capitalism and democracy over time.

My current research project investigates how populist radical right parties influence the reform trajectories of European welfare states when they are in government, i.e. their social policy impact. It was awarded a 3-year research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

© Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies,

Harvard University.


Department of Politics and Public Administration

University of Konstanz

78457 Konstanz, Germany

Postbox: 216

Room: Y 228


+49 (0)753188-4145



My doctoral studies explore why some countries protect precarious workers from economic uncertainty better than others (so-called labor market ‘outsiders’). This research was published with Cornell University Press (date of publication: December 15, 2018). Other parts of my doctoral research have appeared in Comparative European Politics, the European Journal of Industrial Relations, and the Austrian Journal of Political Science. My doctoral research was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize for outstanding junior scholars and the Science Award of the Chamber of Labour. On this website, you can find more information about my current research project, publications, teaching, CV, and contact details. 


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