I am a postdoctoral researcher for the Collaborative Research Center 884 on the Political Economy of Reform at the University of Mannheim. My research interests include Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Political Institutions and Computer-Assisted Text Analysis with a strong focus on Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in a cross-European comparison. I hold a PhD from the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. In my dissertation project I assessed the possibilities of highest courts to exercise direct and indirect power in the interaction with the political branches of government. For the thesis I have been awarded the Lorenz-von-Stein Prize by the Lorenz-von-Stein-Society at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).
I have been to Emory University (USA) supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and have been a research fellow at the Chairs for Comparative Politics at Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany) and Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany). I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany). The first year of graduate studies I spent at the Johns Hopkins University (USA).