My research concerns two areas. First, 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.
Second, I work on various aspects of politicization and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. I do so in the context of several projects, including the comparative Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and European (FP7) project Support and Opposition to Migration which examine how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized. Moreover, in another SNSF-funded project we combine theory from economics and sociology to explain individual attitudes towards foreigners in Switzerland.
In early 2015 I’ll be a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky. In 2012, I spent a good month as a visiting fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (funded by the SNSF).