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Assistant Professor of Political Behavior and Digital Media

Department of Political Science
University of Zurich
8050 Zurich, Switzerland


Assistant Professor of Political Behavior and Digital Media, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, since 2020

Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, 2016-2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland, 2015-2016

Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2015-2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2014-2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zürich, Professorship of Computational Social Science, 2014-2016


ETH Zürich
Dr. sc., Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, 2010-2014
Dissertation: “Disaggregating Civil Conflict”
Committee: Dirk Helbing, Ravi Bhavnani, Scott E. Page

TU München:
Dipl. Phys., Department of Physics, 2008-2009
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

McGill University:
Graduate studies, Department of Physics, 2007-2008
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

TU München:
Undergraduate studies, Department of Physics and Mathematics, 2004-2007
Major fields: Physics, Mathematics

Research Interests

Micro-foundations of social (interaction) dynamics:
social influence through traditional and online media
media bias and its influence on collective decision making
political instability and conflict
malnutrition prediction and early warning

Advanced quantitative methodology:
statistical analysis of micro-level data on social processes
large-scale data processing and big data analytics
causal inference in spatiotemporal data
geospatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS)
(agent-based) computational modeling

Academic Honors and Fellowships

2019 Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences of Baden Württemberg for outstanding junior researchers (WIN-Kolleg)

2015 American Journal of Political Science Best Article Award for “Group Segregation and Urban Violence”

2015 Nominated for ETH Dissertation Award (ETH Medal)

2015 Nominated for Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) Award 2015

2015 Nominated for Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF) Award 2015


2019-2021 WIN Program: Fake News and Collective Decision Making – Rapid Automated Assessment of Media Bias (project lead, details)

2018-2021 DFID: Modeling Early Risk Indicators to Anticipate Malnutrition, MERIAM (IHEID project co-lead, details)

2014-2018: NSF INSPIRE: Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability through Global Media (postdoctoral researcher, details)

2014-2018 MINERVA: Aiding Resilience? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict (postdoctoral researcher, details)

Professional Service

Political Science: American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; British Journal of Political Science; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Peace Research; Research & Politics; Political Science Research and Methods; Political Geography; European Political Science Review; Terrorism and Political Violence; Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
General Interest and Methodology: Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review E; Palgrave Communications; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Scientific Reports; Annals of Applied Statistics; Advances in Complex Systems; PLoS ONE; Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Editorial Board: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (formerly: Palgrave Communications)

Grant Proposals: German Research Foundation (DFG); Minerva Research Initiative


European Political Science Association
Swiss Political Science Association
American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft