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. The dissertation was acknowledge with the Oscar II award for best Social Science dissertation at Lund University in 2011 and 2012. 

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. 

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