Research Profile

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. I received my PhD in Political Science from Lund University (Sweden) in 2012. Before taking up my current position at  MSU, I held research and teaching positions at University of Missouri, the London School of Economics (LSE), University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), and at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg. I specialize in comparative politics and most of my research revolves around the issues of democratization more broadly and especially elections in new democracies. I have a specific, but not exclusive, interest in African politics. Please have a look at my publications page for a more comprehensive list of finished and ongoing research. 

I have taught several courses on comparative politics, democratization theories, methods, African Politics, and European Politics at  MSU, University of Missouri, LSE, UT-Austin and Lund University. 

Apart from my academic work, I have served as a chief election consultant in Zambia for the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) and been engaged in several expert assignments writing on the politics of Malawi on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ). I serve on the international advisory board of the Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) in Malawi and have been an advisor for the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD).