I am Assistant Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz and Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”.

My academic work is dedicated to critical issues surrounding social policy, European integration and the relationship between them. I am particularly interested in studying public attitudes towards risk-sharing, inequality and international solidarity.

My work has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy and West European Politics, among other journals. You can find out more about my current and past research under Projects and Publications.

Visiting Harvard University

In Fall 2023 I will be joining the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, where I will research inequality and solidarity from a transnational perspective.

Book chapter in “A Research Agenda for Public Attitudes to Welfare”.

From national welfare states to Social Europe:
welfare attitudes in the context of European integration.

In this chapter of the edited volume by Femke Roosma and Tijs Laenen, I provide a deeper insight into whether, and why, Europeans have diverging attitudes with respect to member state solidarity.

New Publication:
Mass Euroscepticism revisited: The role of distributive justice

Published in European Union Politics

This article advances research into mass Euroscepticism by investigating the role of distributive justice. Drawing on cross-national survey data from 23 countries, the study shows that perceived injustice of individual opportunities (i.e. educational and job opportunities) and outcomes (i.e. earnings) nourish Eurosceptic sentiments, independent of objective inequalities. However, the public response to distributive injustice varies across European Union (EU) member states, as high domestic corruption levels dampen the apparent link to EU accountability. Perceptions of injustice concerning earnings provide a potential breeding ground for Euroscepticism in member states with low levels of corruption, while EU scapegoating regarding earnings injustice does not manifest itself in member states with the highest levels of corruption. These results are supportive of a justice-based approach in understanding varieties of Euroscepticism across Europe.

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