Diploma from the Institute for Political Science, Free University of Berlin, and German-French Diploma in the Political and Social Sciences (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Free University Berlin). Research assistant and collaborator in the project "National Political Change in a Globalizing World" at the University of Zurich, 2002-2007. 2008-09 Max Weber Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence. Various projects on democratizaion and party system development in Latin America since 2009. Director of the Research Area Political Sociology since 2012.
Party system change in Western Europe, democratization and party system formation in Latin America