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I am a DAAD Professor at the Department of Political Science and the Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my PhD from the University of Mannheim for a project on the link between district preferences and candidate communication in German elections. In my research on European and German politics, I focus on party politics, legislatures, and subnational politics. With a background in quantitative methods, I am particularly interested in how the digital transformation changes research practices in the social sciences. To this end, I have worked on the automated collection of large-scale web data, as well as tools for the analysis of text and video data.
Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), I am currently running a project in collaboration with the University of Mannheim and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, to investigate how computer vision can inform research on legislative politics. In another DFG-funded research project, I collaborate with the LMU Munich to study patterns of representation and inequality in German municipal politics.