My research in political sociology concerns mostly three areas. In the context of the project Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and the recently completed European (FP7) project Support and Opposition to Migration, I work on various aspects of the politicization of migration. These comparative projects examine how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized. They include large-scale claims analyses of newspaper articles.
In related work, I led a SNSF-funded project on explaining individual attitudes towards foreigners in Switzerland. In this project we combine theory from economics and political sociology, and use individual-level panel data from the Swiss Household Panel (SHP). In a separate study, I examine attitudes towards specific immigrant groups.
In addition, I work on political representation, including the political representation of women and ethnic groups in national legislatures. My 2009 article on the political representation of ethnic groups in a cross-national perspective won the SNIS International Geneva Award 2010.