I am Senior Research Fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.
I am specialized in comparative public policy-analysis. My main areas of research interest include party politics, religion and social policy-making with a particular focus on morality policies. Moreover, I work on questions related to regulatory governance and policy implementation with a particular focus on religious communities.
I completed a Ph.D in political science at the University of Konstanz in January 2015 under the supervision of Christoph Knill and Christoffer Green-Pedersen. My thesis explores and explains parliamentary politicization of morality issues and its consequences in terms of policy change in Germany and Spain.
18 June 2018
We are organizing a panel titled "New challenges of welfare states in (il)liberal times: How policy ambiguity promotes third-sector engagement in policy implementation" at the 3-Ländertagung in Zurich (14-16 February 2019). We are still search for more contributions. Please send us your abstract until Saturday, 23 of June!
1 June 2018
Our panel "Moral authority of churches in secular times: Religious actors and their engagement in policy implementation" at the ECPR General Conference 2018 will take place on Friday, 28 August at 9:00am. Looking forward to meeting you there!
22 April 2018
We had a very inspiring and intense discussion in our workshop "Value politics in the 21st century" at the ECPR Joint Sessions in Nicosia! Many thanks to all participants!
9 March 2018
I am happy to announce that I published a new paper: Dropping the Curtain: The Religious-Secular Party Cleavage in German Morality Politics. Politics and Religion (first view, co-author Caroline Preidel).
>>>The study proposes a new perspective on how party cleavages can be re-examined, namely by exploring politicization behavior of individual MPs in between elections, and shows that German politics is still structured by a conflict between Catholics and non-Catholics, whereas the influence of religiosity is secondary.<<<
22 February 2018
I am looking forward to the ECPR Joint Sessions in Nicosia, 10-14 April 2018, where I organize together with Isabelle Engeli a workshop titled "The Politics of Values: Actors, Institutions, and Dynamics in the 21st Century". We received many excellent paper proposals!
26 January 2018
Call for papers "Moral authority of churches in secular times: Religious actors and their engagement in policy implementation" for the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg, 22-25 August 2018. In case you are interested, please send us an abstract until February 10, 2018.
29 December 2017
I am happy to announce that the online version of a new paper is out: Regulating islamic religious education in German states: A question of deviating state-church relationship in education policy. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (first view).
21 November 2017
Isabelle Engeli and I will organize a workshop titled "The Politics of Values: Actors, Institutions, and Dynamics in the 21st Century" at the next ECPR Joint Sessions 2018 in Nicosia. We welcome any application! Please consider that the deadline for application is December 6, 2017!
01 October 2017
I am on leave and can check my Emails only irregularly. So, please apologize for any delayed reply.
30 September 2017
I am happy to announce that our paper "Dropping the curtain: The religious-secular party cleavage in German morality
politics" was accepted by the Journal "Politics and Religion".
5 September 2017
Our new research project on "Religion and morality policies" has started. It is funded jointly by the DFG and the SNF. I am happy to welcome our new PhD-student, Olivia Mettang, and look forward to the collaboration with the research team at the University of Bern (Prof. C. Joppke, I. Cironei and Ilay Yesil).
23 August 2017
Interview on the representation of women in German politics in general and candidate lists for national elections in particular in "Neue Passauer Zeitung" , 22 August 2017.
15 August 2017
The evaluations of my lecture "Political Theory and Democracy" and my B.A. course "Basic Theories of Comparative Public Policy-Analysis" from the summer term 2017 are online. Thank you all for the very positive results and the helpful comments!
26 July 2017
Invited lecture at the Siemens-Colloquium of the Faculty of Social Sciences, LMU Munich. I was talking about the effects of gender quotas on the parliamentary performance of members of the European Parliament.
19 July 2017
Organization of the methods workshop on "Process Tracing" hold by Dr. Hilde van Meegdenburg at the department. Many thanks, Hilde! It was a great event!
26 June 2017
My blog entry titled "Why are private actors able to co-govern prostitution policy and assisted dying in Germany?" at the Core Blog of Cambridge University Press is out.
22 June 2017
Invited talk at the Social Science Department of the University of Linz, Austria.
15 June 2017
Participation in and organization of the section "European Union" at the 5th European Conference on Gender and Politics, University of Lausanne (together with Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent
University). We had very inspiring discussions in the panels of our section and I am grateful for the valuable feedback on my papers "Debunking a myth: Are female quota MEPs less active?" and
"Responsibilization by criminal and social liability in the governance
of prostitution policy".
31 May 2017
Please find enclosed our CfPs for a workshop titled "Policy-Making in Hard Times: Deregulation, Dismantling, and Compensation" which will take place from November 15-17, 2017 at the IBEI in Barcelona. The DAAD is supporting the workshop with a generous grant. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is July 15, 2017.
5 May 2017
I am happy to announce that Isabelle Engeli and I will organize a workshop titled "The Politics of Values: Actors, Institutions, and Dynamics in the 21st Century" at the next ECPR Joint Sessions 2018 in Nicosia. Details regarding the application process will follow.
4 April 2017
This summer term, I am Interim Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, LMU Munich (Vertretungsprofessorin). Please check "Teaching and Supervision" for more details on my lecture and seminars, as well as requirements regarding the supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses.
24 February 2017
The evaluations of my M.A. course "Comparative public policy-analysis: new concepts, theories and application" and my B.A. course "The Political System of Germany" in the winter term 2016/2017 are online. Thank you all for the very positive results!
10 January 2017
Dear students, please consult this document if you plan to write a Bachelor or Master thesis under my supervision.
16 December 2016
I am happy to announce that the online version of our paper is out: When morality policies meet governance: private governance as response to value-driven conflicts. Journal of Public Policy (online first) (accepted 29 September 2016).
8 December 2016
I was a Keynote Speaker with a talk titled "The religious factor in morality politics: Applicability of findings from the national level to the EU level?" at the workshop „The Role of Values in EU Governance: „Human Dignity“ from Theory to Practice“, Free University Brussels, 6 December 2016. Many thanks goes to the Belgian Researchers Emilie Mondo, Prof. Francois Foret and Dr. David Paternotte for the excellent organization and fruitful discussion!
25 November 2016
Paper presentation titled "Religion and morality politics in light of the European refugee crisis" at the Annual Conference of the DVPW-Working Group "Politik and Religion" titled "Parteien, Kirchen und Religionsgemeinschaften vor den Herausforderungen von Flucht und Migration in Europa", University of Leipzig, 24-25 November 2016.
18 November 2016
Acceptance of the proposal for a joint workshop on „Regulating Social, Moral and Environmental Policy under Economic Pressure in Western Europe” (RESOLVE) under the funding line "Hochschuldialog mit Südeuropa" offered by the DAAD. (with Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill, Prof. Dr. Jacint Jordana (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionales), Yves Steinebach).
18 October 2016
Conditionally acceptance of the proposal for a joint workshop on „Regulating Social, Moral and Environmental Policy under Economic Pressure in Western Europe: Dismantling, Compensation and Consequences” (RESOLVE) under the funding line "Hochschuldialog mit Südeuropa" offered by the DAAD. (with Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill, Prof. Dr. Jacint Jordana (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionales (IBEI), Yves Steinebach).
29 September 2016
Acceptance of the paper "When Morality Policies meet Governance: Private governance as response to value-driven conflicts" by the Journal of Public Policy.
12 September 2016
The online first version is out: "Politicisation without party discipline. A new perspective on Christian Democracy in modern times." Parliamentary Affairs (online first) (accepted 03 August 2016).
11 September 2016
Organization of the two panels "The religious factor in morality policies I + II" at the ECPR General Conference, Charles University in Prague, 7-10 September 2016. I enjoyed very much discussing so many excellent papers. Many thanks goes to my co-author, Irina Ciornei, who presented our paper "The Role of Religious Communities in the Implementation of Morality Policies".
30 August 2016
Conditionally acceptance of the paper "When Morality Policies meet Governance: Private governance as response to value-driven conflicts" by the Journal of Public Policy.
15 August 2016
Radio Interview "Fernstraßenverkehr", Henning Cordes, NDR Info, 11 September 2016, 17:30.
05 August 2016
Paper accepted for publication: "Politicisation without party discipline. A new perspective on Christian Democracy in modern times." Parliamentary Affairs (forthcoming) (accepted 03 August 2016).
14 July 2016
Organization of the department workshop "Multimethod Research in Political Science" with Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing, Political Science Department, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 14 July 2016.
08 July 2016
Organization of the panel "Collaborative regulatory governance in the field of morality policies" and presentation of the paper "Collaborative regulatory governance: The role of religious communities in the implementation of morality policies in Germany" (with C. Preidel), 6th Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, Tilburg University, 6‐8 July 2016.
02 July 2016
Organization of the panel "Electoral Institutions and the European Parliament" and paper presentation "Gender Quotas in European Elections and their Effect on Political Performance in the European Parliament" (with Elena Frech), ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, Munich, 1-2 July 2016.
06 June 2016
Paper presentation "Divergence in regulating Islamic religious education in Germany" , Workshop "Migration und
Integration als politische Herausforderung – Vergleichende Analysen zu politisch-kulturellen Voraussetzungen der Migrationspolitik und Reaktionen", University of Leipzig, 2-4 June
11 May 2016
Invited talk "Who are the agents of societal minorities?", Public Policy School, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary, 11 May 2016.
30 April 2016
Accepted panel proposal "Electoral Institutions and the European Parliament". Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, Munich, July 2016.
08 April 2016
Acceptance of the paper proposal "Divergence in regulating Islamic religious education in Germany" for the workshop on "Migration und Integration als politische Herausforderung – Vergleichende Analysen zu politisch-kulturellen Voraussetzungen der Migrationspolitik und Reaktionen", University of Leipzig, 2-4 June 2016.
25 March 2016
Acceptance of the panel proposal "The religious factor in morality policies" for the ECPR General Conference, Charles University in Prague, 7-10 September 2016.
23 March 2016
New publication is out: "Moralpolitik in Deutschland. Konformität mit internationalen Trends und öffentlicher Meinung" in Ulrike Ackermann und Hans Jörg Schmidt (eds.), Genuss - Askese - Moral. Über die Paternalisierung des guten Lebens. Frankfurt: Humanities Online, 23-25. (co-authors C. Knill, C. Adam, S. Heichel, S. Hurka, C. Preidel)
17 February 2016
Radio interview, NDR Info, Das Forum.
02 February 2016
I am now a Mentor in the Mentoring Programm of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the LMU (Ment15). I would be very pleased to support a Master or Doctoral Student. The deadline for applicatioin is 15 February 2016.
30 January 2016
Radio interview with Ingo Kahle, rbb.
25 January 2016
Call for papers "The religious factor in morality policies" for the ECPR General Conference, Charles University in Prague, 7-10 September 2016. In case you are interested, please send us an abstract until February 8, 2016.
18 January 2016
Acceptance of panel proposal "Collaborative regulatory governance in the field of morality policies" for the 6th Biennial Conference ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, Tilburg University, 6‐8 July 2016.