I am Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Marburg, Germany. I hold a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute in Florence. Before joining the University of Marburg, I worked at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, Germany and University College Dublin (UCD).

I am interested in political behaviour, inequality, accountability, and development. My regional focus is on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. I have conducted research projects on Islamist political parties and voting behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as several projects on accountability, empowerment and redistribution in Sub-Saharan Africa. My work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies, among others.

Currently, I am working on a project on accountability and clientelism in Tunisia and South Africa.