I am Professor of Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality at the Division of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Salzburg. I am also affiliated with SCEUS (Centre of European Studies) of the University of Salzburg and the European Governance and Politics Program of the Robert Schuman for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

I serve as the scientific director of the University of Salzburg's Centre for women and gender research and teaching (gendup); as Chair and Co-convenor of the Standing Group on Political Representation, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR); as Chief Editor of Specialty Section "Political Participation" of the new gold Open Access journal Frontiers in Political Science ; and as Co-editor of the Series "Politics and Governance in the Smaller European Democracies", NOMOS Publications.

My work appears in international peer reviewed outlets, such as West European Politics, European Union Politics; and Politics & Gender (see Publications or Google Scholar Profile).

Research interests: democracy, European integration, inequality in political representation (esp. gender and its interplay with other forms of inequality).

Why is political inequality a problem in democracies, and what can be done about it? How does political equality relate to economic and social equality? Under which conditions is equality in political participation and representation more likely? How does European integration affect democracy and political representation? These questions stand at the core of my current teaching and research.

I supervise BA, MA and PhD projects in the fields of Politics and Gender and Comparative European Union Politics.
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Bio: I started working in Salzburg as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics in October 2014 (on parental leave 11/2016-2/2018). In February 2019 I became Associate Professor of Comparative Politics (with tenure) after receiving my Habilitation for the venia docendi in Political Science and Political Sociology (2017). Prior to Salzburg, I was a Jean Monnet and Max Weber Fellow (2013-2015) at the European University Institute in Florence. I conducted postdoctoral research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2012-2013), the GESIS-Leibniz Institute in Cologne (2013), Stanford University (2011) and the University of Vienna (2009-2011). I obtained my Doctoral Degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna (2009), under the supervision of Prof. Sylvia Kritzinger and Prof. Anton Pelinka. I also hold degrees from the Institute of Advanced Studies/Institut für Höhere Studien-IHS (Politics and European Integration, 2004-2007); the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Advanced International Studies, 2004); the College of Europe in Bruges (European Political and Administrative Studies, 2003); and the Philosophy School of the University of Athens (Theatre Studies, 2002).