My research focuses on reactions to immigration and diversity. This entails various aspects of discrimination, politicization and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. In a project funded by the SNIS and one funded by the SNSF we combine theory from economics, sociology, social psychology, and political science to explain individual attitudes towards foreigners. Moreover, in the context of several projects, including the comparative Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and European (FP7) project Support and Opposition to Migration we examine how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized.
I also work on political representation, notably 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.
Positions and education:
- University of the Witwatersrand: Research associate (2018-2021)
- University of the Witwatersrand: Visiting research fellow (2015-2018)
- University of Kentucky: Visiting scholar (2015)
- University of Neuchâtel: Lecturer (since 2014)
- University of Neuchâtel: Senior researcher (since 2012)
- University of Vienna: Visiting fellow (2012)
- University of Neuchâtel: Post-doctoral researcher (2009-2012)
- University of Oxford: DPhil Sociology (2009)
- University of Oxford: MSc Sociology (with Distinction, 2005)
- Open University: BSc (Hons) Social Sciences (First Class, 2004).