I am an Associate Professor for quantitative methods in political science at the University of Vienna. I've been in Vienna since 2009 - before that, I did my BA at Warwick University and my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I grew up in Germany, with a British mother and German father, and lived in the US for several years as a teenager. Still, living in Vienna is like coming back home - my Austrian great-grandparents got married less than a km from my office.
My research, described in more detail here, looks mainly at political parties and electoral behaviour, with a particular focus on the role of issues and ideology for how parties compete and how voters decide. A lot of my research has been carried out as part of the Austrian National Election Study (Autnes). Another strand of my research looks at what voters expect from their representatives in parliament.
I regularly give interviews to national and international media (online, print, radio, TV) on topics such as Austrian and UK politics, radical-right populism, and the role of emotions in political decision-making. Outlets I have talked to include the New York Times, the BBC, NBC, Die Zeit, ORF (Zeit im Bild 2, ZIB Magazin, ZIB24, Report), the Atlantic Monthly and NPR.