In my teaching, I try to strike a careful balance between a substantive and a methodological focus combining rigorous methods training with cutting edge theoretical and empirical questions. I believe that the quickly rising demand for quantitative methods training for undergraduate and graduate students, in particular, is best met by combining it with hands-on research. This ensures that methods are taught in the context where they are applied and students not only master the most suitable techniques to address specific empirical questions but also are fully aware of their relative strengths and weaknesses. In the past years, ever larger, more disaggregate, often geo-coded empirical records have become available that – at least in theory – enable us to study societal processes at increasingly fine-grained resolution. Students have to be equipped to work with these data making full use of their potential while avoiding possible fallacies.
Please refer to the specific semesters listed below for an overview of each course; you may also download a detailed syllabus for each class. For courses taught at the University of Konstanz, ETH Zurich and the Graduate Institute Geneva prior to Spring 2020, please refer to previous semesters.