I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I study political economy and comparative politics with a focus on advanced democracies. I am also affiliated with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. I will graduate in June 2018 and, following a year as a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford, I will join the Politics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University as an Assistant Professor.
My broader research focuses on the interaction of financial markets, social policies, and wealth inequality. I am also interested in political behavior and electoral politics. In my dissertation project, I study the relationship between income volatility, social policies, and household indebtedness in Denmark, the U.S., and Germany. I examine the circumstances under which credit markets replacing the role of welfare states to address social risks and promote social mobility as well as the consequences for social solidarity and public opinion. My research combines administrative full-population records and household panel data with experimental and survey methods.
My work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Krupp Foundation and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, among others.
I hold an M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau, Germany. Previously I worked for the Boston Consulting Group, the European Commission, and as a volunteer for the German Academic Exchange Service in Vietnam.