My research in political sociology concerns mostly three areas. In the context of the European project SOM (Support and Opposition to Migration, FP7-financed), I work on various aspects of the politicization of migration. This comparative project examines why and when potential conflicts over migration become politicized, examining both anti-immigration and anti-racist movements. The project includes a large-scale claims analysis of newspaper articles.
In a related project, I lead a SNSF-funded project on explaining individual attitudes toward foreigners in Switzerland. In this project we combine theory from economic and political science, and use individual-level panel data from the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).
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.