Welcome

©Maerz

I am a political scientist (Ph.D. from Central European University) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science as well as Deputy Director of the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg.

In my current research, I study the language of political leaders or inquire about "Pandemic Backsliding" during the Covid-19 pandemic. More broadly, I analyze patterns in episodes of democratization and autocratization. I work with qualitative and quantitative methods and am passionate about cutting-edge approaches such as fsQCA, quantitative text analysis, web scraping and other computational methods.

The different sections of this website provide further information about my publications and on-going projects, my teaching experience, and other matters related to my research.