I am currently a senior research fellow at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne. I received my doctoral training at the graduate program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS–SPCE) of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne. During my PhD I was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2011-2012.
My research interest is in the field of comparative politics, comparative political economy and development politics with an emphasis on low- and middle income economies. I focus on the micro foundation of social policy and taxation in developing countries, taking into account the central characteristics of the informal economy, labor market dualization and clientelism. My most recent projects furthermore explore the impact of crime and crime victimization on political behavior and individual preferences.
August 30st 2018
My co-author David Brady (UC Riverside) will present our joint work “Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Heterogeneity and Preferences for Public Goods” at APSA, Boston, in the panel “The Politics of Public Goods Provision in Developing Countries“, Division 12.
Together with Georg Wenzelburger from Technical University of Kaiserslautern, I received funding from the conference program of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation to organize the international workshop “Societies under Stress: Investigating the relationship between welfare and penal policies in an era of rising insecurities” at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in fall 2018. The conference will be supported with 10,000€ by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. In collaboration with Sarah Brooks (OSU), who will host the conference at OSU, Marianne Ulriksen (University of Southern Denmark) and Peter Starke (University of Southern Denmark) as organizing team, the workshop aims at advancing collaborative research on the relationship between social welfare and penal policies across nations. Crime control and social welfare are the ‘left hand and right hand of the state,’ and yet these instruments of social control are usually examined in isolation. The workshop brings together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to ask: What are the causal links between crime control and social welfare policies? Taking a global perspective, the workshop will address this topic with contributions from different regional contexts such as Latin America, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.
June 21st-23rd 2018
Presenting the paper on crime and welfare preferences at EPSA, Vienna.
April 4th-7th 2018
Presenting two papers at MPSA in Chicago. Together with Melina Altamirano (Colmex), and Sandra Ley (CIDE) I organized the panel “Crime, Political Behavior and Policy Preferences“. It was a great pleasure. Many thanks to the paper givers, the wonderful audience and especially to our two highly engaged discussants Sarah Brooks (OSU) and Aldo Ponce (CIDE).
Working on a proposal for the recent call of LAPOP to add items on labor informality together with Andy Baker, Germán Feierherd, and Irene Menéndez and supported by individual members of the PESP research network.
January 31st 2018
The call for applications for the PhD position in the project B03 at University of Cologne is out! Please contact me or Philip Manow if you have further questions on the position.
January 19th 2018
Call for application for the PhD position in the project B03 at University of Bremen is out. The call for the second PhD position, located at University of Cologne, will be out soon.
January 18th 2018
Our article “Welfare State Structure, Inequality, and Public Attitudes Towards Progressive Taxation” (joint work of Margarita Gelepithis, University of Warwick, and me) has just been published online at the Socio-Economic Review.
December 13th-14th 2017
Peter Starke and Marianne Ulriksen from University of Southern Denmark are organizing a second round of the workshop “The left hand and the right hand: Linking the politics of social welfare and crime control” in Copenhagen. I’m looking forward to present insights from the co-authored project together with Melina Altamirano (Colmex) and Sandra Ley (CIDE) on social policy preferences and crime experience in Latin America at the meeting. Thanks for inviting me!
November 27th 2017
The Collaborative Research Center 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” at University of Bremen was approved by the German Research Foundation! Together with Philip Manow (University of Bremen) I will conduct the project B03 “International Complementarities in the Development of National Welfare States: The Transatlantic Sphere 1870-2020” as principal investigators during the next four years.
October 30th 2017
This Monday I’m giving a talk at the Comparative Political Economy Research Workshop at University of Konstanz on crime victimization and voting behavior in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thanks for having me!
12 pm at Room G308