I am Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich


I am specialized in comparative public policy-analysis. My main areas of research interest include religion, party politics and social policy-making with a particular focus on morality policies. Moreover, I am interested in the role of regulatory intermediaries in the governance and implementation of contentious issues.  I completed a Ph.D in political science at the University of Konstanz under the supervision of Christoph Knill,  Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Christian Breunig. My thesis explored and explained parliamentary politicization of morality issues and its consequences in terms of policy change.


Research Projects and Interests


30 May 2017

My new book is out!! Please check here: "Morality politics in a secular age: strategic parties and divided government in Europe."


13 May 2017

Good news, my new article is out:  Morality policy In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. It is particularly useful for those teaching morality policies to undergraduates and/or those of you who wants to get a quick overview of the main definitions, findings and controversies in the research on this specific policy field. 


28 March 2019

In the next weeks, I will be a visiting researcher at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, which is specialized in examining inter-religious communication between people of different beliefs, including particularly Jews, Christians and Muslims. I am very much looking forward to presenting and discussing my work with the excellent people working at the Institute. Moreover, I am very grateful having the change to stay in Britain during such important political times, and make a first-hand experience.


26 March 2019

I attended the conference "Strictly observant religion, gender and the state" at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and presented a paper titled "Secular politics of sexuality and the response of Christian Churches: supporting, undermining or boycotting state goals in policy implementation?". Many thanks Tobias for organizing this! This discussion in this interdisciplinary setting were truly inspiring!


15 March 2019

I finally received and checked the proof of my book "Morality politics in a secular age: strategic parties and divided government in Europe." I  can not wait holding the printed version in my hands!


18 February 2019

Many thanks for all the highly interesting proposals for our section proposal on "Religion and politics in a secular age" at the up-coming ECPR General Conference 2019. We received more than 50 submissions. So, I am sure we can put together some highly interesting panels.


24 January 2019

I was invited for a talk on the regulation of prostitution policy at the University of Stuttgart (Institut für Sozialwissenschaft) and enjoyed very much the inspiring comments and welcoming atmosphere! Thanks a lot, Achim Hildebrandt, for organizing this!


3 January 2019

I am happy to announce that my essay "Morality policy" was accepted for publication by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


14 December 2018

I was invited to contribute to "Faktencheck @ Maischberger" with regard to the question if Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new president of the CDU, has a more left-wing position in terms of social policies compared to Angela Merkel.


6 December 2018

I am glad to announce the our section proposal titled "Religion and politics in a secular age: pattern, dynamics and consequences" was accepted for the ECPR General Conference 2019! Marko and I am are looking very much forward to your panel and paper proposals!


19 November 2018

I am very grateful for having the opportunity to present my research in the Institutskolloquium of the Political Science Department at the University of Tübingen this week. The title is "Politik, Macht und Moral: Regulierung von moralpolitischen Fragen in postsäkularen Zeiten". I am very much looking forward to discussing my research with scholars from such a prestigious department! Date: 21 November 2018, 16:15, room 124.


16 November 2018

I attended a great workshop on the "Politics turn in EU studies" organized by Daniela Braun and Martin Gross at our department. It was the perfect environment to present the first draft of a new paper titled "Speaking to the (national) Principal? An analysis of MEPs' legislative Activities in the European Parliament", which I developed together with Elena Frech from the University of Geneva.


10 November 2018

Good news: my paper proposal "A new culture of parliamentary politics in post-secular times? Religion as strategic resource of the opposition-government game" was accepted by Gert Pickel and Oliver Hidalgo, who will organize a panel titled "Rückkehr der Religionen und Transformation der politischen Kultur" at the conference of the DVPW-Sektion "Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft", TUM Munich, March 2019.


25 September 2018

I enjoyed very much attending the DVPW Kongress in Frankfurt this year! Many thanks goes to Stefan Thierse and Martin Florack, who organized an excellent panel on "NGOs im Politikgestaltungsprozess" and where I received very valuable feedback on the paper "Is policy implementation a playground of loser of decision-making?", which is part of our larger research project on  "Religion and morality policies".


20 September 2018

I am pleased to let you know that our panel proposal "New challenges of welfare states in (il)liberal times: How policy ambiguity promotes third-sector engagement in policy implementation"  for the 3-Ländertagung in Zurich was accepted.  Moreover, I am very grateful that Fritz Sager will take over the role as discussant! I am very much looking forward to the conference!


10 September 2018

I was elected as Co-Convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Religion and Politics and I am very much looking forward to the collaboration with Luca Ozzano and Marko Vekovic!

Moreover, I enjoyed very much the discussion in our panel on "Moral authority of churches in secular times: Religious actors and their engagement in policy implementation". The papers spoke to each others in a very nice way!


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.