I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lausanne, where I work on a project on urban elites in Switzerland.
I obtained my PhD from the University of Zurich in 2018, where I have been a researcher in the research program “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century”. I have been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Mannheim and British Columbia, and I am a guest researcher at Roskilde University for the fall semester 2022.
My research interests lie at the intersection of political science, public administration, and sociology — revolving around questions concerning multilevel governance, political behavior, and elite sociology — with a particular focus on the local and urban level. I have published on citizens’ multilevel governance and democratic legitimacy perceptions in European urban areas, the determinants of municipal mergers and the long-term evolution of urban elite networks. Currently, my work focuses on the causes and consequences of institutional and territorial reforms and on the transformation of urban power and governance structures since the end of the 19th century.