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 religion, party politics 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.
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 am very much 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
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.
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).