Welcome! I am a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a research affiliate of the Immigration Policy Lab’s Zurich branch. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich’s Department of Political Science, where I also obtained my PhD in 2018.
In my research, I seek to find answers to fundamental questions about determinants and consequences of elites’ and voters’ exclusionary attitudes (mainly immigration attitudes) by leveraging in-depth case knowledge and quasi-experimental research designs. To do so, I collect novel data, employ both qualitative and state-of-the-art quantitative methods and increasingly draw on historical records.
During my PhD, I was a visiting research student at the London School of Economics’ Government Department and Stanford University’s Department of Political Science and the Immigration Policy Lab’s Stanford branch. I have an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and BAs in Philosophy and English, as well as (Philosophy and) Business and Economics from the University of Basel. My dissertation research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation with a Doc.CH grant. I’m also one of the co-founders of the PONY club, an informal network of women in political science.