I am a political scientist at the University of Konstanz in Germany (postdoctoral fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and independent researcher at the Department of Politics and Public Administration). In Konstanz, I am heading the project group on "Advances in Discourse Network Analysis". I am also a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), which is located in Dübendorf close to Zurich and belongs to the ETH domain, and a member of the Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO) group at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern, Switzerland.
My research is mainly about political networks and computational politics, with applications in public policy and in European and American politics. I developed a Java-based software called Discourse Network Analyzer (DNA) in order to analyze policy debates or political discourse among relevant political actors in a dynamic way, drawing upon methods of social network analysis.
My current activities include the further development of the methodology of discourse network analysis, the application of (temporal and cross-sectional) exponential random graph models (ERGM) to research questions in political science, the implementation of TERGMs in a package called btergm for the statistical computing environment R, the development of an R package called texreg for the conversion of statistical model output in R to LaTeX and HTML tables, and the analysis of policy networks in the European (and particularly Swiss) water sector.
I regularly teach in the POLNET summer school or fall academy (registration open to external participants who want to learn network analysis). During the spring semester 2013, I taught two methodological PhD seminars: "Introduction to the Statistical Computing Environment R" (Zeppelin University Graduate School, Friedrichshafen) and "Advanced Network Analysis: The Analysis of Cognitive Structures" (PhD Program Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz). In the upcoming spring semester 2014, I will teach a PhD and MA seminar called "Introduction to Network Analysis" at the Zeppelin University Graduate School.
November 10, 2013
Three open PhD positions
Our research group in Switzerland has three open PhD positions in public policy, network analysis, and water governance. Deadline: December 15. One of the positions is about discourse networks and is supervised by me. Click here for more details.
November 9, 2013
New journal article
October 18, 2013
I received the dissertation award of the Foundation "Science and Society at the University of Konstanz" for the best PhD thesis in the social sciences in 2011/2012 at the University of Konstanz. The award is endowed with 3,000 euros. The award ceremony was held at the Dies Academicus on October 18. Watch the award video here!
October 7, 2013
New DNA version
Download DNA 1.31 here.