Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    Diploma in Political Science, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • 1997 – 2008
    Research fellow, lecturer and assistant professor in German politics, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • 2007
    Visiting Fellow, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • 2009
    Visiting Professor, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • 2009
    Visiting Professor, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • 2010 – 2011
    Heisenberg Fellow of the German Science Foundation (DFG), Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • 2010
    Visiting Professor, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Full Professor of Political Science and Chair of Government, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Selected publications

  • 2013: How to reduce disorder in European identity research?, European Political Science 12 (2): 184-196.

  • 2012: Civic Resources and the Future of the European Union, London: Routledge (hrsg. mit Ireneusz P. Karolewski).

  • 2011: Why do We Trust Strangers? Revising the Institutional Approach to Generalized Trust Creation, West European Politics 34 (2): 282-295.

  • 2010: "Wir" und "die Anderen" – Europäische Identitätsbildung als Konstruktion von Gemeinsamkeit und Differenz, Zeitschrift für Politik 57 (4): 413-433. ["We" and "the Others" – European identity building as a construction of communality and difference]

  • 2009: Politische Soziologie. Ein Studienbuch, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (hrsg. mit Andrea Römmele). [Political Sociology]

  • 2009: EU Governance and European Identity, Living Reviews in European Governance 4 (2) [Online Article] (mit Ireneusz P. Karolewski).

  • 2008: Declining trust in elites and why we should worry about it – With empirical evidence from Germany, Government and Opposition 43 (3): 405-423.

  • 2008: Legitimacy, trust and procedural fairness: Remarks to Marcia Grimes' study, European Journal of Political Research 47 (4): 510-521.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • International Young Scholars School "European Identity: Concepts – Research Methods – Evidence", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, 2013

  • "In search of communality: Collective identity building and consens making in the European multi-level system", Heisenberg-Project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2009 – 2011

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