I hold degrees in social science (Humboldt-University Berlin, Paris VIII) and Interdisciplinary France studies (University Freiburg).
After lecturing in Germany between 2006-2011, I was a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Exeter where I have since been promoted to Senior Lecturer.
I am interested in topics to do with democracy in the EU and with European integration. In my recent empirical research, I have Iooked at different forms of non-electoral forms of political representation, on the one hand, and the norms that can – or should – be underlying the institutional design of representative institutions in the EU, on the other.
An on-going interest is the role national parliaments can and should have in EU policy-making, and which institutional design can support the continued politicization of EU affairs in domestic arenas.
I have edited a number of volumes and special issues, organised several conferences, workshops, sections and panels on the topic of democratic representation and am also the convenor of the Standing Group on Political Representation with ECPR (jointly with Johannes Pollak).
Of late, I have become more interested in the issues of differentiated integration on the one hand and lying in politics on the other and plan to focus my future research around these topics.