I am a post-doctoral researcher at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and external fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research. In 2019-20 I was a JFK Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and spent 4 months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies the European University Institute in Florence in 2016.
Previously, I studied sociology and economics in Leipzig (until 2009). From 2010-2014 I was a PhD-student at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim. In my dissertation, I examined theoretically and empirically whether societal developments such as population ageing or financial crises affect the way how people form and change their attitudes towards the welfare state.
My research interests are related to political sociology, comparative political economy, welfare state preferences, behavioural economics and survey methodology. One main contribution of my work is the use of innovative (experimental) research designs to study attitude change. I have contributed questionnaires to several waves of the German Internet Panel (e.g. repeated modules of project A6, GIP Reforms Monitor) and successfully applied for data collection in the LISS panel and the Norwegian Citizen Panel.
New paper published at European Sociological Review: Using a staggered DID-Design with individual level panel data, Samir Khalil & I show that contact with foreigners lead to a persistent reduction of worries about immigration. Stronger effects for right-leaning persons.
Looking for data to evaluate COVID policy changes across the world and link them to survey data? Have a look at the Oxford Supertracker which I am co-editing with Lukas Lehner et al. from the Departmernt of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.
Since the end of march, we track how the German public perceives and reacts to the Corona lockdown with the Mannheimer Corona Study.
The "Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung" of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs provides funding for 3 years for our junior research group "Integration von Migrant/innen und Einstellungen zum Sozialstaat" (together with Katja Möhring & Katrin Sommerfeld).
Project website (at MZES)
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Our edited book focuses on the role of public opinion and organized interests in respect to policy change. "Welfare State Reforms Seen from Below - Comparing Public Attitudes and Organized Interests in Britain and Germany", eds. Bernhard Ebbinghaus & Elias Naumann