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I’m a political scientist and Visiting Scholar at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, where I previously served as Interim Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy. I’m also Privatdozent at the TUM School of Governance of the Technical University of Munich.

I hold a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University Berlin and a Habilitation in Political Science from the Technical University of Munich. As a Post-Doctoral Researcher I have worked at the Technical University of Dresden and the Technical University of Munich.

My research focuses on international and comparative politics, foreign and security policy, and comparative methods. My book Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict: Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) examines pathways toward war involvement and war abstention across 30 democracies and their participation in contemporary conflicts. The book received the prestigious Dissertation Award from the German Political Science Association (DVPW).

My book Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application (Georgetown University Press, 2021) offers a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to QCA, with step-by-step guidance on how to turn a research project into a QCA study and how to interpret and present analytical findings. The book is illustrated with empirical examples from across the social sciences.

This website gives information on my research, teaching, and other professional activities.