Employment history

  • Since 2016 - Director, FORS

  • 2013 Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Centre of Political Studies (Ann Arbor, USA)

  • Since 2011 - Associate Professor ad personam; University of Lausanne

  • 2008 - 2016 Project Director «Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects)», Centre for Social Science Research (FORS), Université de Lausanne

  • 2003 -2007 Senior Assistant («Oberassistent»), Institute for Political Science, University of Bern

  • 2003, summer Visiting scholar, Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, Queens University, Belfast

  • 2002 -2003 Visiting scholar, Trinity College, Dublin, full academic year

  • 1999 -2002 Assistant, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation

  • 2000 -2002 Assistant to Prof. Wolf Linder, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern

  • 1995-1999 Staff member, Institute for Political Science, University of Bern. Position financed by the Federal Statistical Office



Education / Training 



  • 2000 -2004 PhD (Dr. rer. soc.), Institute for Political Science, University of Bern, with «summa cum laude». Title: «Participation, Information and Democracy». Supervisors and examiners: Prof. Wolf Linder, University of Bern, Prof. Michael Marsh, Trinity College, Dublin

  • 1994-2000 Master’s Degree (Lic. rer. soc.) in political science and history, universities of Bern and Geneva

  • 1990-1993 Federal high school exam (Matura)

  • 1987-1990 Apprenticeship as a chef, Restaurant Casino, Bern

  • 1977-1987 Primary and secondary school, Bern



  • 2009 Course on «Multi-level modelling», Vienna

  • 2001 Summer School on Advanced Methods in Social Sciences in Lugano: «Survey Research Methods»

  • 2001 Courses «University Teaching» and «Rhetoric», University of Bern

  • 1996 ECPR Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis & Collection, University of Essex: Courses on multivariate analysis, advanced regression models and multi-level analysis


Research projects, grants and awards

  • Since 2008 Principle investigator «Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects)», funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Grants for 2008/2009, 2010 and 2011/2012, 2013, 2014-2016

  • 2015/2016 SNF-Agora Research grant (co-applicant, main applicant Fabrizio Gilardi)

  • 2008-2011 Three-year research grant from the European Science Foundation/Swiss National Science Foundation (with Prof. Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna, Prof. Thomas Bräuninger, University of Konstanz and Dr. Gail McElrory, Trinity College, Dublin): «Representation in Europe: Policy Congruence between Citizens and Elites»

  • 2009 Grant from the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Science for convening the con-ference «Voting behaviour and campaign dynamics in the Swiss National Elections 2007», Neuchâtel

  • 2008 Publication grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for «Eidgenössische Wahlen 2007. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid» (see publications)

  • 2005-2007 Two-year full-time research grant from the Hans Sigrist Foundation for the project «In-stitution-building for Good Public Governance», University of Bern

  • 2003 Stein Rokkan Award. International Political Science Association (IPSA), 2003

  • 2003 Runner-up for the ECPR Rudolf Wilderman Price (best paper from a young scholar at the ECPR 2002 conference)

  • 2002-2003 Visiting scholar grant, awarded by the Government of Ireland. One-year stay as visiting scholar, Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin

  • 2001-2003 Three-year doctoral scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation




German (mother tongue), fluent in English and French, basic knowledge of Spanish and Swedish


Other professional activities

  • President of the Scientific Council for the new joint Master Program «Public Opinion and Survey Re-search» of the Universities of Lausanne, Lucerne and Neuchâtel since 2012

  • Member of the planning committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systerms (CSES) since 2014

  • Member of the steering committee of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) since 2012

  • Member of the management committee, Cost Action «The True European Voter» 2011-2014

  • Swiss representative at the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) since 2008

  • Professional memberships: Swiss Political Science Association, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, International Political Science Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung, European Survey Research Association, RC 33 of the International Sociological Association («Logic and Methodology in Social Science»)

  • Co-director of the working group of the Swiss Political Science Association «Representation and Political Behaviour» (since 2011, with Prof. Daniel Bochsler, Prof. Regula Hänggli, Dr. Anke Tresch) Program chair of the working group 2012, 2013, 2014

  • Founder of the annual conference/exchange «Wahlstudientreffen Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz» of the respective elections studies on methodological innovations and issues of election studies and program chair 2011 and 2014

  • Conference  organisation FORS – BFS: «Erfahrungen mit Surveys auf der Basis des SRPH» (with Marco Buscher, BFS), in 2012

  • Conference section «Political elites in electoral democracies» with 7 panels and 32 papers in total at the ECPR General Conference 2013 in Bordeaux (with Prof. Hermann Schmitt) and a panel in this section on  «Variations of Individual Candidate Campaigns» with 3 papers (with Prof. Michael Marsh)

  • Organisation of a workshop sponsored by the SAGW on «Improving Data Access and Research Trans-parency (DART) in Switzerland» taking place in autumn 2014. This conference suggested by myself and Prof. Peter Farago (FORS) was approved by the SAGW in November 2013

  • Co-director workshop «Weniger Demokratie wagen?» and paper presentation at the «Drei-Ländertagung» in Osnabrück (with Dr.  Achim Schäfer and Prof. Thomas Zittel), 2008

  • ECPR workshop co-director «Low turnout – does it matter?», Uppsala, Sweden (with Prof. Michael Marsh), 2004

  • Referee Acta Politica, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Swiss Journal of Political Science as well as European Science Foundation, Swiss Na-tional Science Foundation, Oxford University Press

  • Member of the editorial board of European Political Science

  • Regular media appearances in connection with national and local elections and votes, electoral systems, and political participation in Switzerland in electronic and print media

  • Board member of medienhilfe (Swiss-based NGO supporting independent media and professional jour-nalism) 2005 - 2009