I am a mixed-method and interdisciplinary social scientist studying democratization and nationalism in Central Europe from a historical perspective. My research aims to understand the intertwined origins of nationalism and democracy by bridging top-down and bottom-up explanations for regime change. Currently, I am an Independent Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence, The Politics of Inequality, at the Cluster of Excellence, The Politics of Inequality, at the University of Konstanz. I defended my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in September 2023. In the 2022-2023 academic year, I held the position of Queen Elizabeth Scholar at the University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations, and St. Catherine's College. Additionally, I was a visiting PhD student at LSE's European Institute. I am currently working on my book project, Who Gets to Play? Enfranchisement and Party System Consolidation in Central Eastern Europe.
My book project addresses the question of why some party systems are dominated by nationalist parties. It explains the logic of enfranchisement in diverse societies and explores the consequences of sustained disenfranchisement throughout the long democratization process, during which the rules of the democratic game were established. The first half of the book examines the causes of enfranchisement and disenfranchisement, specifically how autocratic rulers maintained their incumbency by controlling participation in the democratic process. The second half explores the effects of disenfranchisement on the mobilization tactics of extra-parliamentary parties, focusing on the provision of social services and necessary club goods. By analyzing these aspects, I elucidate how party systems evolve during democratization and shape cleavages in democratic politics. For more information about my dissertation book project, click here.
During more than eleven months of archival fieldwork, I collected and digitized micro-level data from the constituent states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This included electoral and census data, a dataset tracking political party entry, exit, and merger based on primary sources such as newspapers, speeches, and party manifestos. Additionally, I compiled digitized data on the presence, function, and access to civil associations in the Kingdom of Hungary and Austrian Silesia. Lastly, I created a dataset documenting the requisites in electoral law that influenced the threshold of inclusion in 30 emerging European states from 1789 to 1945.