My research in political sociology concerns two areas. First, in the context of the project Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and the 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 media analyses.
I particularly focus on individual attitudes towards foreigners, partly in the context of a SNSF-funded project I led on explaining 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.
Second, 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.