I am a Lecturer in Government at the University of Essex and External Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim. Before coming to Essex, I was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Mannheim (2017-2018), and a doctoral student, post-doc, and senior researcher at the European Politics group of ETH Zurich (2010-2016). I spent Fall 2015 as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.
My research focuses on democratic governance in the European Union and international politics. I am interested in the emergence and limits of democracy beyond the state, the effects of European integration and international institutions on domestic democracy, and the impact of domestic democratic politics on institutional and political change in the EU and beyond. Ultimately, my aim is to understand whether democratic forms of governance can adapt to the challenges and contribute to the legitimation of European and international institutions.