Research Profile


I am a Swedish Research Council Fellow at the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). As of September 2015, I will be Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Missouri- Columbia. I received my PhD in Political Science from Lund University (Sweden) in 2012. In my dissertation, I studied the effects of opposition coordination and election turnovers for democratization in competitive authoritarian regimes. 

Before taking up my current position at LSE, I held research and teaching positions at the 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 received a 2-year postdoctoral research grant from the Swedish Research Council in December 2012. In the project, I study African elections and party strategy from a sub- and cross-national perspective. As part of this project I am co-editing a book on the Malawi 2014 tripartite elections together with Professor Nandini Patel. 

I have taught several courses on democratization theories, methods and European Politics at the LSE, UT-Austin and Lund University.