I am the Deputy Director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to turning to academia, I was a Member of Parliament in the German National Parliament (Bundestag; 2002- 2009) and later worked in Sudan for two years. I received my PhD in 2015 from Humboldt University (Berlin) with a thesis on United Nation’s electoral assistance. I hold a M.A. degree in “Research Training in Social Sciences” from Humboldt University (Berlin), a M.Sc. degree in Gender and Peace Studies from Ahfad University (Sudan) and a B.A. in Political Sciences from FernUniversität Hagen (Germany).
Broadly speaking, my research interests are autocratization/ backsliding, democratization, elections, autocracies, regime legitimacy, democracy aid and the United Nations. I have published among others in the Journal of Democracy, Electoral Studies, Democratization and International Political Science Review.
My current research focuses on how and why democracy is eroding in many countries across the world. I contribute to the Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization- Project. Furthermore, I investigate the role of citizens in autocracies and why electoral losers accept defeat.
I lead a number of V-Dem outreach, policy and fundraising activities, and contribute to the administration of the institute and our flagship dataset. I served as a consultant for UNDP, the World Bank, USAID and others.
Here is my CV.