Professor of Political Science with a Focus on Political Systems in North America

Academic Credentials

I am a trained political scientist (comparative perspective) and received my PhD in political science from Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt am Main) in 2002.  In 2010 I started teaching as a Guestprofessor at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North-American Studies  (JFKI) at the Freie Universität Berlin and since 2012 as Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Systems in North America in the Department of Political Science at the JFKI. I published widely on the topics of inequality,  state-market relations, social and health policy, democracy in a transatlantic perspective.

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Areas of Research

I am primarily interested in the topic of income and wealth inequality and how advanced welfare regimes in the transatlantic region try to redistribute economic resources via the tax and transfer system. I just finished a book project titled "The Promise of Equality: Legitimacy and the Boundaries of Democracy